Should you hire an individual real estate agent or a real estate team? I’ll go over three things you should consider today.


When listing your home for sale, is it better to hire an individual agent or a team of agents? I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, and I believe there are three points that you should consider:


1. Experience: When you hire an individual agent, ask about their sales history, both in and outside of the real estate industry. That will give you a good idea of who you’re hiring.


When you hire a team, it can be a different story. Since there are so many agents on a team, they can pull a bait and switch. A certain, experienced agent might come out to your listing appointment but when your listing gets back to the office, you may be assigned to a junior or apprentice agent.



Real estate teams are mini-bureaucracies.



2. Focus: An individual agent can focus on the sale of your home without worrying about personnel issues. When you work with a team, you’re dealing with a mini-bureaucracy. There are a lot of people involved and a lot of different moving parts. It’s common for these teams to get mixed up and think someone else was supposed to handle part of your transaction. As a result, you get caught up in the shuffle with those junior agents.


3. Accountability: If something goes wrong in the transaction, which it almost always does, who do you call? When you work with an individual agent, they are the ones responsible, they already know what’s going on, and they can fix it.


In a team environment, there are many hands involved in the transaction and you might not know who is responsible. You have to call the team lead, and then they have to go and find out what the problem is and who’s responsible—which ultimately means that you’ll have to wait longer for the issue to get resolved.


All of these problems can be avoided by hiring a qualified individual agent.


If you have any questions about selling your house or know someone who is looking for an agent, give me a call. I would be happy to help you!