How to choose a real estate agent

How to choose a real estate agent

Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ve ever made, so if you decide to sell it, finding the right real estate agent is a decision you should carefully consider. After all, you will be working closely with them as they will be advising you on how to maximize you home’s selling price, how to present it for an open house, and maybe even suggest minor repairs and renovations to further enhance its value.

In order to find the best agent, consider taking the following steps:

  • Ask your friends for referrals The old adage that word of mouth being the best form of advertising certainly holds true here. If one of your friends or co-workers had a good experience with a particular agent, you should take that information to heart.
  • Invite the real estate agent to your home Not only will this give the agent to view the home he/she might be selling, but it will give you a chance to talk with the agent where you will be most comfortable.
  • Be prepared Have an information sheet ready describing your home’s best features and the points you think your prospective agent should highlight when selling the home.
  • Ask about the agent’s background How many years experience does your prospective agent have? Does the agent have knowledge of the area? What’s the agent’s sales record? Ask if the agent can provide references.
  • Ask about the agent’s selling strategy How will the agent market determine your homes asking price? How will the agent market your house?

You will have a very close working relationship with your sales agent, so its important that you find an agent you work well with. Changing agents after your house is already on the market can be a time consuming process, and one that could adversely affect the final asking price of your home. Protect the biggest investment you’ve made by carefully screening your real estate agent before you sell.


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