Questions To Ask When Finding A Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, finding a real estate agent to help you achieve your goals means you must ask good questions. So how do you find an agent right for you? Focus on the following categories when determining what to ask.


Experience matters, so find out what they know. Consider questions like these:

  • How many homes have you sold? 
  • Do you work full or part-time? 
  • In which neighborhoods do you primarily work? 
  • Is your license in good standing? 

If you must choose between two good candidates, compare sales results and how you relate to each other. Don’t forget to notice his or her level of professionalism to help you decide. A good agent knows the area and current market conditions to streamline your search.


Use an agent you connect with. Find a personality fit first, and then match your comfort using technology and their knowledge of the relevant neighborhoods for your search. It’s ok to ask how many other buyers or sellers the agent represents. Hint: the busiest agents are often the most efficient.


Look for an agent with a strong support team. It’s good to know if there is always reinforcement available at any time. Your agent will be in your corner from start to finish, and their experience will help connect you to qualified loan officers and real estate attorneys that will ultimately aid in the process until closing.

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What Does A Real Estate Agent Do For You?

Real estate agents play an important role in the home selling process. For example, in 2021, 92% of homes sold in the U.S. used an agent to get the job done. But what exactly is an agent’s role, and what do they do for you?

What is a Real Estate Agent?

Real estate agents are professionals certified to oversee real estate transactions between sellers and buyers. Agents who represent sellers are called listing agents. Sometimes real estate agents are referred to as REALTORS®. Real estate agents and REALTORS® perform the same general functions, but REALTORS® are agents who are also members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). As of October 2021, there were 1.56 million members of NAR.

How will a Mel Foster Co. agent help me sell my home?

Mel Foster Co. agents are liaisons between sellers and potential buyers. Some key benefits of working with an agent are:

  • Assists with and manages all the required paperwork, saving you time
  • Prepares a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the listing price
  • Provides expert recommendations regarding local real estate availability 
  • Negotiates on your behalf during offers and counteroffers
  • Supports the seller through the closing process

How does my Mel Foster Co. agent market my home for sale?

Your agent will develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to get the word out about your property. They also suggest inspections that enhance the home’s marketability. Over 93% of people looking for houses begin their search on the internet, and Mel Foster Co.’s website receives over one million page views each month. In addition, your listing will be shared on multiple social media platforms to attract the most potential buyers.

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REALTOR® means member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Mel Foster Co. Website Recognized For Excellence

Mel Foster Co. has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global community of 550 high quality independent real estate firms in 70 countries. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality.

Mel Foster Co.’s website, , received high marks in a variety of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design, content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® to review the websites of participating members.

The specific measurements for the WQC are updated each year to reflect the most current online marketing strategies, as well as evolving consumer preferences. Companies must be re-certified every two years to maintain the certification.

“We are delighted to recognize the 102 companies that earned the WQC this year. These firms provide consumers with essenital resources relating to home buying and selling through thoughtfully-designed websites with up-to-the-minute housing information. As local leaders, they also provide a unique level of local market insights and first-hand community information,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

“Mel Foster Co. feels it is essential to invest heavily in digital marketing platforms and we are pleased that our efforts have been recognized with this international award,” said Lynsey Engels, Mel Foster Co. President Real Estate Brokerage.  Ms. Engels added, “We want to continue to offer the best online tools in the market for our buyers and sellers to search for properties.”

Mel Foster Co. is the Quad Cities and surrounding areas representative of LeadingRE ( With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 150,000 sales associates who produce over 1.3 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Mel Foster Co. provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

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