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 in search of a real estate agent, consider the pointers below:
Explore the local housing market yourself.
Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood and see what agent names on real estate signs you usually see, especially with “sold” next to them! Based on research, six percent of sellers learned about their agents from a for-sale sign and 15 percent based on local recognition.
Meet and talk to an agent in person at an open house.
Show up at a nearby open house and see how the agent deals with prospective buyers. Take the time to actually speak with the agent instead of just taking off with their business card. See whether there’s chemistry between the two of you.
Search real estate agents online. Search on the names of those agents you have shortlisted, dig out some details and most importantly, read client reviews. You want to know what people are saying about them. As well, see how they respond to poor 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 stop with the first agent you come across with. By interviewing many, you can compare and contrast to find the one who is the best fit.
Ask worthwhile questions.
How long is your experience as a real estate agent? Do you mainly deal with buyers or sellers? How many ongoing deals do you usually work on at a time? Do you work at a real estate firm? Are you equipped to deal with my specific situation? How do you intend to market my house? Will you be able to connect me with some references?
Discuss marketing and selling strategy. Be sure that you and the real estate agent are well-aligned in terms of the selling strategy. How many showings do you intend to do? How long is the lead time prior to a showing? And open houses? How do you plan to put the property out there?
Smooth out all the pertinent details.
The ideal agent-seller relationships are those with well-expressed expectations. In writing, make it a point that you’ve both agreed upon the commission structure and list price, as well as on the contract duration. You wouldn’t dream of issues coming forth just when you’re ready for closing.