You may think that selling your house isn’t that difficult. You just purchase a for sale sign, place it in the yard, and someone will jump at the chance to purchase the house, right? It would be wonderful if that were the case, but it doesn’t always proceed that smoothly. Finding a professional real estate agent to work with you during the home selling process is crucial to the success of your transaction.
Why should I work with a real estate agent?
Let’s take everything you know about real estate laws, add in your experience selling houses, and place it in a pile. Now, let’s take everything a real estate agent knows, add in their experience, and place it in a pile next to yours. It’s easy to see why it’s wise to have the support of a professional real estate agent when you make that comparison.
Where do I find real estate agents?
Word of mouth is a powerful resource. Ask your friends, family members, and business associates for their recommendations. Most real estate agents have websites. Research using online resources to find active real estate agents in the area. Speak to neighbors who’ve recently moved into the neighborhood to see who helped with their transaction.
Shouldn’t I just call my aunt who is a real estate agent?
Use extreme caution before calling a friend or family member who happens to be a real estate agent. While it may seem like the logical choice, working with someone close to you can be extremely stressful on a relationship. Ideally, you want to choose someone who is not related to you or in your circle of friends.
Do I need a special type of real estate agent?
If you’re selling a specialized home or property, you’ll want to choose a real estate agent who specializes in that type of sale. Selling a waterfront home or a luxury property has its own unique challenges, and you want someone who has experience handling those transactions successfully. You want someone who knows the area and can offer you information on local schools, businesses, and the community.
What should I ask the agent?
This is one of the most important transactions of your life, and you need to have someone you trust representing your interests. This is not the time to shy away from the tough questions. Some questions you want to ask are:
- How many homes have you sold recently?
- On average, how long do your houses remain on the market?
- How often do you have to lower the asking price to sell a house?
- How knowledgeable are you about the community?
- How will you market my listing?
- How often will you be in touch with me?
- What is my option to exit our contract should I not be satisfied?
The real estate agent I am thinking about working with isn’t returning my calls. What now?
Pay attention to red flags when it comes to communication. If the real estate agent isn’t returning your calls at this point, you have nothing but frustrating times ahead when it comes to staying updated. Choose a real estate agent who communicates at the highest level and meets your needs. If you prefer to be updated by text rather than a phone call, make sure that is a clear point. Set your expectations from the beginning to save yourself time and frustrating moments.
Shouldn’t I find someone who promises to sell my house in a week?
All the shines in the sun is not gold. Beware of big promises and unrealistic expectations. You want a real estate agent who will be honest and straight-forward when it comes to what it’s going to take to sell your house. Steer clear of flashy gimmicks and choose an agent with a solid reputation.
Your real estate agent is your best source of information when it comes to real estate advice and the local community. Give Brad Gilboe a call today ( 1-818-632-2296) to discuss selling your house.