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Buying or Selling a Home Quiz Me

Buying or Selling a Home QUIZ Me

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you want the best agent you can find.     I have been selling real estate locally for the past 25 years and along with my partner Al Mussi, we have helped hundreds of families to make their move.    We pride ourselves on being on top of market conditions, staying abreast of real estate trends and are committed to continually learning our trade.     We have aligned ourselves with what we think is the best name in the business, Remax.   

But you don't want to take my word on that, so  QUIZ ME!  looking for a realtor quiz me

Me, or anyone else you are thinking of hiring!   There are a number of things you can ask an agent.    Google it.   You will find all kinds of sites with many different questions.   That's okay.   Some seem ridiculous so temper them to suit your needs.   

A good, confident and experienced agent will welcome your questions and will be happy to share their experience and knowledge with you.   

So what might your quiz look like?    I don't know.   What's important to you?    Is it a full time agent?  Is it one with years of experience?   Is it the one that is most busy in your market place?   Or, is it the agent who's personality is most like yours?    Is a Mom and Pop firm something that you prefer or do you find value in the big name?   What you don't want is that agent that will do whatever it takes to get your business even if it means misleading you.

I don't want to give you the 10 most important questions.   No one but you really knows what's important for you.   

Besides, giving you the questions would be sort of like an open book test written by me, and what would be the use in that?    I have to question the "experts" that give you the questions to ask other real estate professionals because I know those questions will be slanted and biased, written to put themselves ahead of another for one reason or the next.    

If you are not sure what to ask, it doesn't hurt to Google "questions to ask a Realtor".    Get those sample questions and the ones that you will naturally have on your own.

Figure out what it is that is important to you and QUIZ ME!         I look forward to your call!   


About the author

Carol-Ann Palmieri,  a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 32 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • February 02 2013 06:01AM


HI Carol Ann.... we have as part of our pre listing package OUR thoughts on what a potential seller should be asking other's titled How To Interview A Realtor..... It's very thorough and many of the questions are questions that most homeowners do not think to ask!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann: No better way to separate the pretenders from the contenders and my money is on you!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

My past life as a teacher has served me well. Much Of what I do in real estate involves answering questions.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, i love what Anita said and it is so true...sellers need to learn to ask the questions that are important to them!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Miss Cal,

As they say "You go Girl" . Excellent blog and I do not have to quiz you as I know you know your real estate ( everything) inside and out. I will suggest and you make an excellent point about the person asking what is important to them personally. I wrote a blog many months ago about what questions to ask but mine were of thee general type so a person asking gets a feel if their personality fits with the agent. I do tell folks to ask about taxes in Texas as so many agents ( vast majority) have no clue and afterwards the folks can call me to check the answer they received.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

It shows a confidence to encourage clients to ask us the tough questions. And, they certainly should. Obviously, we all have different criteria as to what's important - making it personal, makes good sense. Enjoy your day. D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

This is a really nice post. Suggested. Prospective clients would do well to shop around for the agent most qualified to help them.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, people looking to get into a real estate transaction, either selling or buying need to make sure that the agent they choose will fight and guide them and not just run to the closing table. There are too many complications that can develop if the clients act hastily

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

I like the idea of putting some questions out there for the prospect to think about and ask right back to me! That shows confidence of the agent and that we are prepared for that interview! Nice article, Carol Ann.

Posted by Jay O'Brien, Kansas City : Social Media Guy (RE/MAX Revolution) over 6 years ago

Great way of getting sellers to think about what is important to them.  I love answering questions!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Barbara, Anita, Doug, Ginny, Bob and  Debb.   Thanks for your kind words.   I welcome anyone quizzing me.   I know you do too.  


Hi Jill, Ed, Jay and Margaret.    Agree.   Thanks very much for weighing in!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

This is a great post Carol it :)!  Figure out what is important and interview bet is that Carol Ann Palmieri of Al and Cal Realty Group would ACE that quiz every time :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

'Quiz me' is a sign of total confidence.  Bring on those questions.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago

What a great idea!  Give the buyers & sellers a little confidence in themselves and they'll have more confidence & respect for you!

Posted by Kristin D. Smith, Kristin D Smith (Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette) over 6 years ago

Hi Brenda.     Thank you.


Hi Margaret.    I think its good for the potential client and also good for us to understand what it is they need to know.  


Hi Kristen.    I hope so. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, buyers and sellers need to know what is important to them when hiring an agent. I think most don't really know. Good advice!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 6 years ago

Carol Ann I love that energy and I call this a great call to action.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) over 6 years ago

I love the confidence shown here.  I feel the same way.  Great post and congrats on the feature.                                         

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 6 years ago
The nice thing about being in Del Norte County CA is that I handle a wide range of real estate. Some agents are great at one kind, but as we all know, no two transactions are alike. So, yes, experience counts but not necessarily years and years because the market changes constantly, at least in the past five years.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

Questions asked goes both ways don't forget. I like it when buyers ask questions & want to meet me. I remember one buyer asking all the good questions but left off one very important one - only work with one agent at a time.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 6 years ago

It's amazing that many buyers and sellers go with the first agent they talk to and don't interview several agents, let alone the one they pick. We always invite clients to ask us any questions they want before signing on the dotted line, we're confident we can handle whatever they throw at us!

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

It has been a few days I cannot think of one question that would stump you and I know many I would like to ask you..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Just being yourself is the best way to sell. JIm

Posted by Jimmy Faulkner, The Best Of St. Augustine (Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 6 years ago

I have a friend in another state who needs a realtor.  She already knew 2 so I helped her come up with a list of questions to ask each of them to help devide who would do a better job helping her sell her home.  She felt awkward asking hr "friends" these questions. I believe that when ou are doing business, it does not atter if they are friends- you are entitled to ask the questions that will let you know you picked the best person to help you sell your home- not just the nicest.

Posted by M. Lynn Delatte (Developers Realty) over 6 years ago
Hi Al and Cal, very clever and effective post. Sure to catch a lot of buyers.
Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Michael.  You might be right.   Thanks!


Hi Chuck.   I am ready!  Bring those questions on!!!


Hi Christiansen Team.   I have a feeling most in the "rain" are up for it!


Hi Hella.   Yes, yes, yes!   I used to hate those contests that gave kudos for the monetary volume sold and not the number of transactions.     Some agents I met could beat my very many with one high priced sale.    Experience is no way the same!!


Hi Lyn.   Ahh.   Very good point and it will be remembered!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Just as important is the qualification process for a Realtor to determine if his new prospect is client eligible, don't you agree?

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 6 years ago

Dear Carol-Ann,

My line to clients is always: "the only dumb question is the one not asked." If I know, I will share and if not, I will find out. The cool thing about this business is that once in a while someone comes up with something that requires research and teaches me something new.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 6 years ago

Hi Kimo.   Yes, I do.     Very important!


Hi Dorte.   Learning something new everyday and loving it!   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Terrific post Cal, best wishes for getting many calls and acing their quizzes.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 6 years ago

I love questions. The more you ask, the better I stand out. So ask away. 

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 6 years ago

Great post as you already know by the comments, I always give them a pamplet with 20 things to ask your agent, 20 things that I will do to market your home and 20 things that can go wrong once you have a contract on your home

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 6 years ago