Older couple asking questions to their realtor over coffee

In the market for a new home? Or are you looking to sell a home? If so, finding the right real estate agent is essential. A knowledgeable, experienced Realtor® can help you navigate through the entire home-buying or selling process, from searching for and viewing potential homes to making an offer and closing on your dream house or finding prospective buyers.

But how do you know which Realtor® is the right one for you?

What to Look For in a Realtor®

Finding the right Realtor® is one of the most important steps in buying or selling a home, and it can often determine whether or not you get the results you’re looking for.

When choosing a Realtor®, look for an experienced professional who is knowledgeable about the real estate market, understands your unique needs as a buyer or seller, and has a commitment to putting their client’s interests first. In addition, great real estate agents will have valid licenses and years of experience, provide excellent customer service and prove that they keep up with the latest real estate trends.

When working with Realtors®, make sure the relationship is built on trust from both sides – ensuring that your realtor® listens to and addresses what matters to you when buying or selling a property.

Interviewing Potential Agents

Asking the right questions during an interview can assure you are making an intelligent decision about who handles your real estate transaction. Interviews also provide an opportunity for prospective agents to understand how their personalities match with a client’s expectations and needs, ensuring a positive working relationship throughout the transaction.

Lastly, interviews allow buyers and sellers to clearly understand their potential agent’s abilities, so they can be sure they are getting the best experience possible.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Realtor®

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10 questions to ask your Realtor® according to Dave Ramsey’s team:

  1. How long have you been a full-time real estate agent in my market?
  2. How many homes do you close each year?
  3. Who will be my primary point of contact?
  4. What qualities or certifications set you apart from other agents?
  5. How will you help me buy a home in a competitive market?
  6. What is your commission fee?
  7. Do I have to sign a contract, and can I cancel without penalty?
  8. How will you communicate with me?
  9. How do you set realistic expectations for your clients?
  10. Who can I contact for a reference?


Choosing the right Realtor® is critical for buying or selling a home. Asking prospective agents key questions and researching their backgrounds, experience, and qualifications will help you make an informed decision on which one to hire. When interviewing real estate agents, look for an experienced professional knowledgeable about the market, who understands your needs, and who puts your interests first.

The DeSelms Team, a RamseyTrusted™ team, is dedicated to providing the best experience for our clients by ensuring that you are matched with the right Realtor® who can help you achieve your goals. We look forward to hearing from you!