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7 questions home sellers should ask agents

How will you communicate with me?
How will you communicate with me? © Stokkete/Shutterstock.com

You'll hear from your agent a lot. So it's a good idea to go over some communication basics before you hire an agent, according to Taylor.

"The seller needs to have expectations for frequency of communications and should know what media will be used for communications," says Taylor. "Will the agent call you on the phone or email you? There should be some understanding upfront, and the agent should approach the sale of your home as if he or she is part of a team."

Verify what the agent says by looking at how he or she has communicated with you so far. If the agent hasn't respected your preferences, has failed to follow up, or has been sloppy with emails and texts, there's no incentive for the agent to shape up after he or she is hired.

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