Get Ready To Sell The Right Way With The Right Agent
Calling a realtor is the first order of business when you are in the market to sell your home. One thing your real estate agent should do is explain to you the benefits of staging and preparing your home for sale. Your agent will arm you with the tools on how your home should be prepared for market and tell you what you need to do to get the best price.
It is smart to get recommendations for a real estate agent to sell your home, because a realtor with a bad reputation won’t get a referral. However, you shouldn’t stop on someone’s recommendation. That should only be your first step. We recommend that you interview at least three agents and have them each to visit you and walk through your home. The prepared agent will bring information with them about recent comparable sales, will help you price your home accordingly, and they should suggest low-cost upgrades that will boost your home’s value to help expedite the sale.
Start your home selling online of course. Chances are you already have if you found this website. You can get a good idea as to what homes are selling for in your area by snooping around our property search tools in our home search.
When you’re planning to buy a new home it’s wise to consult a lender too. You’ll want to have your housing plan figured out before you put your home on the market.
Another great tip that many don’t do is find out if the real estate agent is a full time agent or not. Full time agents are more savvy as to what’s going on in the market that will influence your home’s sales price than a part time agent. Also full time agents most likely have access to bigger networks of other real estate agents they can tap into to help get your home sold.
Some agents have credentials that may be just what you need as well. Find out if the realtor you are talking to has completed any specialized training or earned any industry designations such as: negotiating, working with first-time buyers, or selling green or historic homes. You might get a sense of their qualifications and expertise because typically you’ll see designations from industry organizations like the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) or Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) from the National Association of REALTORS.
Not all agents will be a good fit for your home selling needs. Some seller’s agents may concentrate on a particular type of home or price range. If your house does not fall within that specialty or price range, that agent may not be qualified or motivated to show your home. The agent also may not have a ready pool of buyers looking for a home like yours. When you ask about their selling history you will find out if this agent is a good fit for all of your needs.
Ask your potential agent how they would plan to market your home. A good real estate agent will tell you the best way to market your home. Beware of agents who talk in generalities or ignore answering you with specifics, such as “let me stress about the details” attitude. Get straight answers to your basic questions: Will you hold open houses? If so, how often? Will you place ads in local newspapers or real estate websites and, if so, which ones are best suited for my home and why?
These tools will help prepare you for a smooth selling process with the right agent!