What's your experience?
It may sound like an obvious place to start, but surprisingly many sellers don't ask potential agents about their job experience, says Rob Levy, a principal broker with Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Portland, Ore., and Palm Springs, Calif.
"A home is typically the most expensive business transaction someone will be involved with in their life," Levy says. "Unfortunately, many people ask more questions when getting their hair cut than they do buying and selling their home."
There's no magic number when it comes to experience, according to Levy. But sellers should look for agents with enough sales under their belts to comfortably handle deals from listing to closing. Equally important, says Levy, agents need to know the area and have familiarity with the local inventory. So, ask agents about their recent listings.