Selling your house can be overwhelming and stressful without the proper preparation. One of the first things you should do is secure a professional real estate agent to represent you during the home selling process. They have knowledge about the real estate market that will make your transaction a success. Not only that, but they can save you time and money by offering sound advice based on their experiences.
Where should I look?
Friends and family members are wonderful resources when it comes to information about services. Ask them about their experiences with local real estate agents. Check with business associates with recent real estate experiences. These recommendations will save you some footwork and give you a good place to start doing your research.
My cousin is a real estate agent. Can’t I just have her help me?
While it may seem like a good idea to have a friend or family member represent you during the sale of your house, it’s not the best practice. Unfortunately, this type of interaction can place stress on your relationship that isn’t easy to overcome once it’s done. Instead, look for someone who is a full-time, professional real estate agent with no family ties to you.
What kind of real estate agent do I choose?
Find a real estate agent that is an expert in the style of home you are selling. If you are selling a waterfront home, find someone who specializes in that market. If you are selling a luxury home, you want someone who sells luxury homes on a regular basis. Someone who is a local expert is an added bonus.
I found one I like. What now?
It’s time to hold an interview. This person will represent you during the home selling process. You want to make sure your communication methods match and that they listen to your needs. This is one of the most important deals of your life. Don’t leave anything to chance. The abilities of your real estate agent are keys to success. Find out more about their recent sales, knowledge of the community, and how often prices have been lowered on homes they sold. Learn how long homes they sell are typically on the market. Look for someone who will be aggressive when it comes to marketing your listing.
I called twice, but they haven’t returned my call. Should I call again?
Absolutely not. In fact, cross them off your list and move on to the next choice. If they aren’t answering your phone calls or returning calls, they are not going to be available to represent you properly. Their communication style is important. Make sure you are clear from the beginning about your expectations. Know when they plan to contact you with updates. Make sure your methods are complimentary. If you prefer texts, this is something they should be comfortable with doing regularly.
They promised to sell my house in 3 days. Isn’t that awesome?
In a perfect world, yes, that would be awesome. Stay away from big promises that seem too good to be true. All that glitters isn’t gold, and you need someone who will be straight with you about the process of selling your house. Honesty and integrity are the foundations you should look for when it comes to a real estate agent.
Once I find an agent, I just let them handle everything?
You should find an agent that you trust to represent you, but you will always have the final say on the decisions that need to be made. You do want to know their plan along the way. How they plan to market your listing is important, and you want to be consulted. Choose an agent who is up on current technology and ways to reach buyers.
What if I decide they don’t meet my needs?
Hopefully, this won’t happen once you choose your real estate agent, but should the need arise you will want to know the exit policy. Make sure you are clean on this process from the beginning, and don’t be afraid to make that move if you feel strongly that your agent just isn’t doing the best job on your behalf.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give The Soladar Group a call today at 323-481-7907 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.