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Whether or not you’re a first-time house seller, you the process is going to be less than simple. Unsurprisingly, people would often prefer to list with a real estate agent. But even with most sellers thinking it’s an advantage to work with a real estate agent, more than 65% say it’s challenging to find a good one.
If you’re searching for a real estate agent, below are helpful tips:
Personally look around the local housing market.
Drive or walk around your area and be on the lookout for repeat agent names on real estate signs, especially those with a “sold” sign next to them! Research says, six percent of sellers find their agents through for-sale signs, while 15% hire someone based on local familiarity and recognition.
Visit the agent personally at an open house.
Visit an open house in your area and take note of how the agent interacts with potential buyers. Actually, spend time talking with the agent instead of just grabbing their card and leaving. See whether there’s chemistry between the two of you.
Look up real estate agents online. Search on the names of those agents you have shortlisted, dig out some details and most importantly, read client reviews. See what people have to say about them. Also, observe how they react to negative reviews.
Ask for referrals.
When it comes to finding a real estate agent (or any other service professional in fact), personal referrals are king. But don’t be happy with the first agent who seems nice. By interviewing many, you can compare and contrast to find the one who is the best fit.
Ask worthwhile questions.
How many years have you been working in the real estate industry? As you mostly working with buyers or sellers? What is your workload at a time? Do you work independently or do you have a firm? Are you prepared to work with my particular situation? How are you going to market my home? Will you be able to connect me with some references?
Discuss the selling strategy to be used. Ascertain that you and your potential are consistent when it comes to their selling strategy. How many showings do you plan on? Before a showing, how much lead time do you get? What about open houses? How is the property going to be marketed?
Get on the same page for all the crucial details.
The most beneficial agent-seller relationships are those with crystal clear expectations. Ensure that, in black and white, you’re both amenable to the commission structure, list price, and contract length. You wouldn’t dream of issues coming forth just when you’re ready for closing.