Questions to Ask a Buyer's Agent

Be sure you choose a Buyer's agent that will help you through a successful home purchase. Here are questions to ask a prospective agent about representing you to buy a home.

Questions Buyers Should Ask in Agent Interviews

  1. Do you work full-time or part-time as a REALTOR®?
    Full-time work typically means more attention for you.

  2. How well do you know the area(s) I am interested in?
    A REALTOR® who specializes in the area that you are interested in is preferable. He or she will be able to advise you as to home prices and how quickly you'll need to act based on the demand in that area.

  3. How many other buyers are you representing now?
    The busiest REALTORS® are often the most efficient.

  4. Will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will you delegate some tasks to a sales associate or administrative assistant?
    A knowledgeable assistant can be invaluable, but make sure that you can connect with your REALTOR® when you need to.

  5. Can you give me a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of recent sales in the area and homes currently on the market?
    This should contain listing and sales prices for recently sold homes as well as listing prices and the listing dates of homes currently for sale. It also should include detailed property descriptions (such as square footage and numbers of bedrooms and baths).

  6. Can you provide me with information on the area?
    Your REALTOR® should have access to information on local schools, community services, transportation, shopping etc.

  7. Is your license in good standing?
    You should check a REALTOR'S® certification yourself with your state's department of real estate. Many states provide this information online. For example, in California residents may check at

  8. How many years of education and experience do you have?
    Experience and continuing education typically make for better REALTORS®

  9. Are you also a broker and/or a REALTOR®?
    Brokers have more stringent licensing requirements and responsibilities. REALTORS® are voluntary members of the National Association of REALTORS®, a trade group.