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7 questions home sellers should ask agents

Should you hire an agent on gut feeling?
Should you hire an agent on gut feeling? © Andrey_Popov/

When it comes time to list their home, most sellers have two questions for their real estate agents: How much will they get for the property and what will the commission be? Beyond that, real estate agents say few sellers take time to ask additional questions, and many hire the first agent they meet, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

"Most people hire an agent on appearance and gut feeling," says Lou Cardillo of Cardillo Real Estate in Mahopac, N.Y. "But selling a home is a very big and important transaction, and sellers should probe deeper to find out why that agent is better compared to another agent."

A better approach, real estate agents say, would be for sellers to treat that first meeting with a listing agent as an interview and ask a wide range of questions before they make a decision. Here are seven questions that sellers should ask prospective real estate agents.


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