Selecting the Right Realtor Makes All of the Difference
Your experience with selling your home should go quickly, smoothly, and profitably. Teaming up with the right Realtor is crucial.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Talk with friends, neighbors and coworkers who have recently sold a home. There may be a neighborhood expert (that may even live in the neighborhood) that I would recommend. Talk to people that you trust and see if they have worked with someone and could recommend. Also ask if they would hire them again, and why.
- Stop by some open houses in your area. See how the Agent represents themselves; how knowledgeable they are and how they are marketing the property.
- Interview at least 3 agents before hiring one. You must be comfortable with that person since you will be spending a lot of time together. You must also like their business style. Some questions to ask in your interview:
- What are your qualifications, education and experience in real estate?
- How long have you been a Realtor?
- How many homes have you sold in my neighborhood? Do you have any recommendations from other Sellers in my neighborhood?
- How will you market and successfully sell my home?
- What if I am not satisfied with your services?
Your Realtor’s job is to successfully negotiate the sale of your home. We do this by marketing, strategic pricing, showing your home, negotiating with the Buyer or Buyer’s Agent, protecting your interest and facilitating the closing. See our Seller’s Guide.
Selling Your Home Yourself
Going it alone. It’s very stressful and time-consuming to not only prepare a home but also list, show, do paperwork, and sell the home yourself. You might look realistically at whats involved and ask yourself the following:
- Can I afford the time it could take to sell my home with only a sign in the yard, an ad in the paper and on craigslist.com? Research shows that 50% of Buyer’s know about a house for sale because an agent told them.
- How will I advertise? Because 90% of all homes are found on the internet and those are derived from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) then how will you drive thousands of prospective Buyers to your home advertised on the internet? You’ll be missing out on a lot.
- Will you have time to take phone calls and conduct tours? How will you screen viewers so as not to waste your time on Buyer’s that aren’t qualified or are just Looky Lou’s?
- Do you know the laws and how to properly list the property? Will you know the disclosures involved in order to hold yourself harmless? What will you do when someone says they want to buy your house? Do you have the necessary legal and financial knowledge? Do you know how to negotiate a contract and close the sale.
- It may seem like a Realtor doesn’t do much but the fact is they’ve had a lot of education and training in contracts and law and have the tools to market, negotiate and successfully sell your home. You might think about it. They are usually worth it. See our Seller’s Guide for more information on what our Listing program consists of: Seller’s Guide
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