If you're planning to sell your house, these are important things to ask agents during their interviews. There are a lot of good questions that are relevant to your specific location and situation, but the answers to these questions should impact whether or not you hire that agent.
Is this your full time career?
It matters, particularly when taking on the sale of a house. A full time agent will more likely have the time, energy, and experience to cultivate their knowledge and understanding of pricing, marketing, and negotiation strategies. They will also be more accessible to you, and be more available to manage time sensitive information exchanges than somebody who is working at another job. It's as simple as that.
Do you have a good camera/How will you make this house look appealing to buyers?
This may seem like a strange thing to ask, but it isn't. There are so many unappealing cell phone photos of homes on the MLS. Most buyers shop dozens of online photos before they ever schedule a showing. Every agent should hire a professional photographer, or at the very least, invest in a good camera.
What is your plan for marketing and advertising?
Your agent should be able to provide a plan that uses various sources of media to reach as many qualified buyers as possible. Social media, video tours, and email blasts are examples of how agents can effectively market the home.
What's the best way to reach you/How accessible will you be to me?
Adequate communication is absolutely imperative for your positive selling experience. You need to agree on frequency and mode of communication. If you prefer to text and email, make sure your agent can accommodate that. Phone tag and voice messages can be very annoying. As mentioned above, a full time agent will be more accessible than an agent working at a different job.
How can I make my home more marketable?
There are many details that need to be considered when selling your home. Your agent should be able to assess the visual appeal of your home from a buyer's prospective. From uncluttering/organizing, to painting, to upgrades, your agent should be able to provide recommendations on how to improve the overall impression of your home.
Can you provide references from clients whose homes you have listed and sold?
It's important that your agent has worked on the sale side of a transaction, and hopefully has a lot of experience representing sellers. It is a completely different process than buying and it requires different knowledge, experience, and strategies. Follow up on references and ask if the client was happy with both the service and the outcome from their home sale.
Every seller wants to get the maximum return on their property investment. Hire the right professional to facilitate that outcome. Select the agent that you believe will provide the best recommendations, most thorough marketing, and most strategic pricing and negotiations.