Real Estate Guide: Finding the Right Agent to Sell Your Home
If you’re getting ready to list your home, you’ll need to find the right listing agent to help you get the most out of your transaction.
How can you find the best agent for you?
It’s all about asking key questions – follow our tips below when you meet up with a potential listing agent for the first time:
Do You Have Your Credentials?
You’ll want an agent that has a state license and belongs to a local real estate trade association – which means they have access to the multiple listing service (MLS), to list and get more eyes on your home.
Are You Familiar With This Neighborhood?
Working with a local agent is a huge advantage for sellers. Agents who specialize in certain areas are aware of any upcoming developments in the area – which can affect the value of your property. They also are more likely to know how quickly your home will sell, and the price you’re likely to get.
Do You Know The Local Market?
Nothing is worse than a home that is priced too high, or too low – so knowing how your agent arrived at the listing price is important. The listing agent should be knowledgeable about the local market and what other similar homes have recently sold for.
How Do We Communicate?
This should (hopefully) be something they ask you, as the seller, but be prepared to list off ways of communicating that work best for you. If you prefer texting, calling, or emailing – let your listing agent know the best way to reach you. Be sure to also explain how often you’d like to be reached in each step of the home selling process.
Where is Your Listing Agreement?
The listing agreement will have fees and costs displayed, so you know how to properly plan for the end of the transaction. You should discuss possible payments like commission and closing fees.
Go with your gut – your listing agent should be knowledgeable and approachable. They should be able to openly communicate with you on the process, as well as help you feel at ease with the transaction.
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