How to Interview Santa Cruz County Real Estate Agents

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

Choosing a professional real estate agent can be a very imposing task.  This person is responsible for finding your new home or selling your home, guiding you through the home inspection process and negotiating a good price and terms.  These are important tasks that should be taken seriously.  That’s why finding a skilled real estate agent is key to a successful real estate transaction. 

Here are several tips for interviewing Santa Cruz County real estate agents:

• Interview at least three agents.  Even if you love the first or second agent you interview, promise yourself you’ll interview all three.  You learn more from each interview, and you never know when that third agent is going to be the perfect match for you.

• Ask all three agents the same questions so you can compare their answers and ability to communicate.  Write out your questions so you don’t forget any, and take notes during the interviews.  You think you’ll remember what they say, but the specifics will begin to blur as you interview the second and third agent.

• Ask the Santa Cruz County real estate agents how long they've been in business and how many homes they’ve helped people buy and sell during the last year.  An agent with experience is a very valuable asset, but with the current fluctuations in real estate, an agent with recent experience is even more valuable.   Also ask how long they've been helping people buy and sell homes in the area in which you want to live.  You want a real estate agent who is an expert on that neighborhood.

• Get at least three references of past clients from each of the Santa Cruz County real estate agents.  Then follow up with those references.  Ask a variety of questions such as:

o What was it like to work with the agent?
o Would you work with him or her again? 
o What was your least favorite thing about working with the agent?
o What was the best thing about working with the agent?

If you’re looking for a professional real estate agent, I’d be honored to be interviewed for the job.  Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com to schedule an interview. Also, for more information about me, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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Interviewing Santa Cruz County real estate agents

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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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