When preparing to sell your home it is important to find a real estate professional that will best suit your needs. A warm handshake and a friendly smile is all well and good but if you want to sell your home pick a Realtor that is experienced and knowledgeable, someone that will do the best job for you. When selecting your real estate agent here are a few things to keep in mind:
Choose someone with experience. In today’s market, experience and the knowledge of what it takes to get the job done are more important than ever.
Get references from your potential Realtor and get in touch with them. Find out what other people’s experience with a particular Realtor has been.
Have your Realtor do a detailed market analysis of your home. A top selling real estate agent will be able to detail for you what has been selling and for what price. They will be able to evaluate your home, it’s condition and your location, giving you a value for your home that will help sell it not deter people from looking at it.
What does your Realtor plan to do for you in terms of marketing? Do they take a large number of interior and exterior photos of your home, do they post a virtual tour of it, do they distribute the listing to all of the major real estate websites on the internet? Do they even have a website of their own or just a bio page on their company’s website? And do they have a strategy for capturing incoming calls of the listing from potential buyers?
Do you need to sell your home as a short sale? If you do, make sure to select someone with extensive training in this process, such as a Realtor with the CDPE designation. This is a complicated process and you need someone that has the training and experience to help you navigate this process.
Your home may be your most valuable asset. Do your legwork and choose the best Realtor for your home. They should be a salesperson, they should have experience and they should know your market area very, very well. If they can sell themselves to you perhaps they are halfway to selling your home for you as well.
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