Buying and selling a home does not have to be a fearful process. It all starts by hiring the right REALTOR® for the job.Smart consumers interview potential REALTORS® before deciding on whom to hire. Regardless if you are buying or selling you want the best professional working for you. While you are sizing up the potential agent for a good fit, rest assured the real estate agent will likely be interviewing you, too. Be wary of agents who don't ask you questions and probe for your motivation. You wouldn't work with just any agent off the street. Although it is fairly common to use an acquaintance as your agent, wouldn't you want the best professional working for you. Ask what can this person do for you on one the largest investments you may ever make. Here is a list of items you may want to consider when deciding on which REALTOR® to select. Although this list is not all inclusive it will give you a good starting point:1. The first common questions is how long has the agent been in business. Although time in business is not a guarantee of one's qualifications you may want to select someone that has some experience behind them. Another key factor is the designations that they hold and involvement in state and local Real Estate Associations. This is a good sign they are committed to ongoing education and current knowledge. 2. What is the agents list to sales ratio? A competent listing agent should hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices or at least better than the general market for like properties. 3. What is the REALTORS® marketing plan or strategy to meet your needs? As a seller you will want someone who has a broad based marketing plan and a strong networking program in addition to negotiation skills. Both buyers and sellers want a REALTOR® or REALTOR® team that will be available and responsive to their needs. 4. What makes this agent different from he competition? What knowledge, product, service, or technology does one candidate have over the other.5. What is the agents Real estate contract knowledge and availability? Discuss with your candidates their knowledge of the Real Estate forms and how they will review and present documents to you. 6. REALTOR® network. Although most REALTOR® are not attorneys, insurance agents, accountants and are restricted to give guidance in some areas they should have a network or knowledge where you can find information such as crime or demographic information if this is something that is important to you, in addition to many other areas. 7. Do you know the difference between REALTORS® and real estate agents? A REALTOR® belongs to an association that has a very strict code of ethics and provides many educational opportunities. Additionally, they have a network of over one million strong and works with the local multiple listing service to provide maximum exposure for your home.The Tobey Team of Crye-Leike Realtors Conway is one of Faulkner County's leading, knowledgeable and top producing REALTOR® team. We are a full time agents with the knowledge, dedication, customer focus, and commitment to all aspects of your Real Estate needs. Call us today with your real estate questions 501-358-0023.