I’d never meant this to be an ongoing series, but we’re now on post number three.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the generic questions I was asked from a relocation company’s brochure on selecting the right real estate agent. Yesterday, I wrote about the least important question you can ask an agent (or at least the one question that should not be the only question.)
All of the questions are relevant as is most of the advice given. (The question about closings, at least locally, largely is irrelevant. There is no closing table. Buyers and sellers do not meet face to face at the end. In fact, the closing process for a seller takes about 15 minutes tops. Sign the HUD-1, sign the deed and wait for the wire to hit your bank account.)
My personal favorite was …
Q: How accessible are you?
A: Buyers can call my direct line 24×7. If I am not there, the answering service will take the call.
I tried an answering service only long enough to discover Tobey can’t talk. After that, I went back to answering the phone myself. If it’s between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any day when the sun rises (a near thing recently in Phoenix, now that the weather gods think we’re Butte, Montana) and you’ll get me. And if you don’t, you’ll hear back from me within the hour. It’s hard to sell a home if you’re not there when the buyers are.