5 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Customer

 Good real estate professionals know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your real estate customers. But you’ve got to ask the right questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective real estate customers out the door–or simply annoying them so much that they decide to buy elsewhere.

The questions that pay big dividends are what I call “power questions.” They are friendly, they help you acheive the customers goals, and they don’t pressure the customer. Use these five questions with prospective clients, and you’ll see immediate results.

1. What brings you here today?
When someone enters a business, the salesperson often asks something along the lines of “What can I show you today?” But that question makes it far too easy for your customer to say, “Nothing, I’m just browsing.” That reply gives you no information–it doesn’t help you meet the prospective customer’s needs. When you instead ask, “What brought to our real estate web site today?” (or, “What prompted you to call us today?”), you get deeper insight–and the opportunity to start building a mutually beneficial relationship.

2. Why do you want this product or service?
When a customer asks whether a company offers a certain service, many real estate agents have a tendency to reply with a simple yes or no. Next time, try immediately following up your “yes” by asking what prompted them to seek out your service. This knowledge will allow you to explain that your company not only offers the service the client wants but that you can also meet other real estate client needs.

3. How will you go about making this decision?
In any sales relationship, it is important to thoroughly understand how the purchase decision will be made and which key players are calling the shots. If your prospect answers this question truthfully, the knowledge you gain lets you tailor your approach. I once asked a customer how he was going decide what home to purchase, expecting him to say, “We’re going to choose the home with the lowest price.” Instead, he told me that the neighborhood location close to a hospital would be very important in making the buying decision, which allowed me to adjust my strategy and focus on the neighborhoods I recommended to the buyer.

4. What is your timeline?
It’s amazing how many real estate agents will push forward with a sale even thought they have no idea how important the purchase actually is to the client. The answer to “What is your timeline?” is a good indicator of how urgent the prospect’s need is. Then, you can match his level of urgency. This helps the prospect see that you understand him–and increases the chance that he’ll choose your real estate service.

5. What would you like to have happen next?
This powerful closing question is easy to use and–crucially–isn’t intimidating for the prospect. When you ask the prospect what she’d like to have the next step be, you’re basically asking for the sale in a non-pressuring way. The answer will uncover any still-unanswered objections the prospect has, and if there are none, you’re clear to bring the sale to a close. This final question is especially helpful when a purchase decision has been repeatedly delayed.