I agree with the author about answering questions casually – agents look like idiots when they make a flippant remarks about work. The condition of the ‘market’ is relative to your own personal situation – it could be good or bad.
#5 “How’s the market?”
This is too broad of a question.
The market is never entirely good, bad, or somewhere in between. It’s always good for some people, bad for others. How the market is depends entirely upon you and your needs and circumstances.
Not a bad question really. But it certainly isn’t one that an agent can or should just answer flippantly. So if you ask it, maybe you should be prepared to get into your specific scenario so they can accurately answer it.
Too many people get flippant answers from agents and base their perspective on the real estate market, and overall economy, on off-handed answers to questions like this.