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How to Choose the Best Austin Real Estate Agents

Ryan Rodenbeck

Ryan started in Austin real estate as an investor in 2001. He looked at all investment opportunities — Austin foreclosures, condos, homes for sale...

Ryan started in Austin real estate as an investor in 2001. He looked at all investment opportunities — Austin foreclosures, condos, homes for sale...

Sep 6 6 minutes read

Austin Real Estate Agents

When it comes to buying and selling a home, Austin real estate agents make it happen. Embarking on a journey to buy or sell a home is a very exciting time. It also requires making many tough decisions. Once you’ve decided to buy or sell a home, usually the next decision is picking out a real estate agent. In Austin, you have a variety of agents and brokers to choose from. So, how does one choose an Austin real estate agent? This question will lead you to ask many more questions when choosing the right agent. Here are the most essential questions you need to be asking.

How long have you been buying/selling real estate?
This first question is key to opening up a dialogue between you and your potential real estate agent. The most experienced agent might not necessarily be the right fit for you. With this question, you are trying to have them sell themselves. Listen for their experience in similar scenarios that fit the situation you are in. Even if their experience is not vast, they may come across as confident and knowledgeable about your area or your desires.

This is also a great first question to see if you click together. It is best to interview multiple agents, at least three in most cases. Some agents can sound like a used car salesman right off the bat and that might be a turn off for you. Some may boast and others may not engage with you well at all. Don’t let the answer necessarily make up your mind, but see if the personality is a hit or not.

Are you part of a team?
This could easily be a simple yes or no response, however, you want to extract more information here. Find out how long this real estate agent has been with their team. An agent that is part of a team will have access to other experienced agents, and they can help should anything happen (like vacation) with your agent. 

If your agent is part of a team, you should clarify all roles up front. You will want to know who you can reach out to if your real estate agent is away or unavailable. Be sure to find out if they plan on passing your transaction to others within in the company too. You certainly do not want any surprises along the way.

What area do you cover?
The last thing you want is someone who is unfamiliar with the community you are buying or selling in. Some real estate agents work in very small, concentrated areas. Others might have a good grasp on the whole of Austin. This question can shed light on their expertise in the area you are in or want to be in.

How many clients do you represent at a given time?
Maybe to put it more bluntly, you can ask will you have time for me? It’s important to find out how busy your agent will be and if they have adequate time to cover your needs. If they do seem to have a high volume of clients, you can ask how they manage that. A confident answer to either of these questions is important and will really say a lot about the agent.

Do you have a selling strategy?
Once you find out if you initially click with your potential agent, it’s time to ask a very specific question. The answer to this question should prove if your agent has a grasp on your area, your home or potential home and if what they say actually makes sense. A good response to this question should leave you excited, and confident. A poor answer will leave you scratching your head. This is certainly a question that has no right or wrong answer, but how they answer will be a good indicator if they are a right fit for you.

Do you have referrals?
This is another great question to ask, and also one you can also search for by yourself. Many Austin real estate agents will be able to provide a referral or multiple. If they immediately do not have anyone you can get in contact with, this could be a red flag. You may need to probe further.

If you are not satisfied with their response, a quick internet search might also prove valuable. Be sure to read all reviews thoroughly. Oftentimes, some people may give a poor review, but it was in fact a problem on their end. If there are negative reviews, ask yourself if that bad review would be a deal breaker for yourself too.

What are your expectations on communication?
Buying or selling a home is stressful and a key component to a successful transaction is communication. The agents actions will definitely speak louder than their words, but hear them out. Let them sell you on their communication style and expectations of themselves.

Also, if you’ve already had communication issues just setting this interview up, you might already know the answer. Working with a poor communicator is usually a deal breaker and you shouldn’t be subjected to that during your transaction. Make sure you are comfortable with their expectations and their style.

What questions do you have for me?

It is always great to turn the interview around. See if the agent can think on their feet. You can tell by their response if you will be a priority for them. They should be asking questions beyond what you are thinking about listing your home for, or if you want 3 or 4 bedrooms. They should ask you goal oriented questions and be genuinely interested in your response.

Final Thoughts

When searching for an Austin real estate agent, you may just go with your gut. You can tell by a conversation if you click and if you think they will perform their job well. Do not let an agent bully you into representing you if you are not 100% satisfied with their answers and actions. Listen to all of their answers thoroughly and do your research prior.

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