4 Questions Agents Should Ask New Home Buying Clients

Young Real Estate AgentAs a quality real estate agent, it is your job to sort through new listings and find the right ones that could be a great fit for what your client is looking to buy. There is no secret formula to do this without putting in some time and effort, but you can ask the right questions up front to avoid going on extra tours of homes that you know will be a bad fit. Here are some great questions to get you started. Continue reading

8 Important Questions to Ask Your Agent

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Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, your real estate agent is your most important ally in the process. Because of the trust you put in the person leading you through one of the biggest transactions of your life, it is important to ask the right questions and find someone perfect for you to work with. Continue reading

Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area

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The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading

Effective Real Estate Agent Interview Questions

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In today’s market, hiring the right agent to sell your house has never been more important. Hiring the wrong agent can delay the sale of your house for months. You need to interview an agent to learn about their background, to see what they know about your neighborhood, and to find out if they are a good fit with you and your lifestyle.

Here are some important questions you should ask each agent you interview. Continue reading

Don’t Use The Realtor That Sold Your Last House To Sell Your Current House


Rarely is it a good idea to use the same agent that sold your last house to sell your current house.  You should focus on finding an agent that is successful in your new neighborhood instead of using your old agent that was an expert in your old neighborhood.  Successful real estate agents focus on a targeted area and because of that focus, they perform better in certain areas than they would in other areas.  So the same agent that you used to sell your last house may not perform as well selling your current house.
The agent that sold your last house may not perform as well selling your new house due to the following reasons: Continue reading

Real Estate Agents – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

businessman checklistThe Amazing Jonathan, a famous comedian/magician, once said, “There are three types of people in the world, those that can count and those that can’t.”  You may have to read it a couple of times before you catch the joke.  I believe real estate agents can be similarly categorized too.  I rank agents according to the title of a Clint Eastwood western.  I believe there are three types of agents in the world, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  You want the good agent, you should avoid the bad agent and you should live in fear of the ugly agent. Continue reading

Information About Brokerage Services Form Explained In Detail


If you’ve been talking with Texas real estate agents, looking for someone to hire, every agent you interviewed should have given you a copy of the “Information of Brokerage Services” form and asked you to sign a copy for their records. By now, you’re probably thinking, “what is this form and why is every agent insistent on my signing it?” First of all, don’t worry, this form doesn’t obligate you to anything and, with the exception of open houses, every real estate agent licensed in Texas is required to present you with a copy of this form on your first meaningful contact with that agent. If an agent you’re interviewing doesn’t show you this form then don’t hire them. If they fail to follow this state mandated requirement, what other disclosures or representation agreements will they forget to show you? Continue reading

7 Traits Of A “Rock Star” Real Estate Agent

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If you are looking to list your home for sale, or you are looking for your next dream home, signing a contract with a real estate agent can be a daunting task.  Successful real estate agents are out there, you just need to know where to look, and what qualities to look for.  The first step in selecting a realtor for your needs is to ask friends, family and colleagues for referrals.   But, don’t take their word alone; use the 7 traits below as a guideline and carefully screen several agents prior to signing a contract. Continue reading