5 Questions to ask your Realtor during a Home Tour

Questions from Redfin.com's blogger Chad Pluid

For buyers to make the best decisions about the home they could be potentially purchasing, you will need your Realtor's honest opinions during a property tour - that's why we're here. Below are 5 questions to get the conversation started:

1. What do you like about the home?

Real estate agents see many homes every day. Ask your agent about the unique qualities that stand out to them, but make sure the home is functional to suit your needs.

2. Do you have any concerns?

Please ask this question - especially before you fall head over heels with a property. Buyers need to know potential flaws of a property. High utility bills? Lack of storage? Etc...

3. Is the price right?

We get this question all the time, of course! Your agent should compare the sale price of similar homes that have recently sold in the area with the property you are interested in.

4. How long has it been on the market?

Don't expect a 'deal' from the sellers if it is a new listing. If the home has been on the market for a while, they may be more willing to negotiate. Many buyers assume something is 'wrong' with the home if it has been sitting for a long time. It could have just been listed at a price that was too high.

5. Are any repairs needed?

Consider the overall condition and age of the home. Sellers will reveal known issues in the disclosures that your agent will provide to you. Other unknown issues will be revealed in the inspection.

If you have more questions about the buying process, we're happy to answer any questions you may have and get started finding the right home for you!


#1 Posted by Jim Tracy at 2/10/2015 8:39 AM
I think that those are great questions to ask a real estate agent. You want to make sure that you are getting the best home for you and your situation. You really need to make sure that your real estate agent knows that, and has it at a top priority. That can make a huge difference. http://www.thetodayteam.com/page/1180289/AreaInformation/coquitlam
#2 Posted by Julie Myers at 3/4/2015 1:26 PM
Lately whenever I have gone to look at homes, I have a hard time deciding which ones I like better. For the most part, I like just about everything that I see, so I want to get more specifics on the home itself. These questions all sound like they would be really helpful in deciding on a home, especially the first two questions. Then I can get an idea of what the realtor thinks and if they know anything about the house that might be concerning.

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