Find a immovable agent to help you sell your property is an important decision. And, it is evident after a quick internet search that there are many that offer world class services. But how do you know which agent is following up on their services? Or which agent makes the process the least stressful? Things like a country’s property laws, taxes, and licenses can make the process of selling your home a nightmare, but one of the most important decisions you’ll make.
If you don’t know how to select a Real estate agent to sell your property, which will really handle all of these tasks with integrity, keep looking.
1. Make a shortlist of potential agents
It can be quite difficult to decide which real estate agent will meet your needs. Plus, which one will actually be successful in selling your home. However, it’s best to take a look at their websites and make a list of those that might be right for you. These agents must show that they are knowledgeable about the real estate market in which you are trying to sell your home.
2. Research their reputation
When you find a potential agent, it’s always best to investigate their reputation. Since most will have positive reviews from past customers listed on their websites, it is almost certain that they will not have any negative lists. This is where your research can determine if they are, indeed, who they say they are. So go to Google and type in the agent’s name or the company name. Then you can add the word “review” to the search and see what appears.
These results should be more accurate than the agent’s website because, again, they are meant to promote themselves, not hinder their work. And, if there are a lot of negative reviews or complaints, it’s best to move on to someone else. Asking around also helps if you know the right people. For micro markets, you can find people who have experience with specific agents who can guide you further.
3. Know an agent’s sales schedule
If you go to an agent’s website, you will most likely see properties listed as “SOLD”. Doing a little research on when the property was listed will help you see how long it took the agent to sell the property. Additionally, how many properties has the agent listed on the website? And what percentage of listed properties have been sold? Also, how long have the properties been there? Finally, have the prices of certain properties been reduced? All of these points to the agent’s success in doing what they say they can.
4. How the properties are marketed
This is the key to selling your property. Visit the agent’s website and see how they described the properties listed. Plus, are there any attractive images to match the descriptions? Also take a look at the property types listed and see if your property would fit the budget, size, and class of the other properties listed.
Finally, what information is included in the descriptions and / or omitted? It is important to describe a property accurately, as it is to attract viewers to its most attractive amenities. When looking at these listings, put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and see if any of the descriptions for these properties make you want to buy the property.
5. See what evaluation the agent gives to your property
Many reputable agents will give you a realistic appraisal of your property. And, for those who don’t, it’s best to stay away. Get the logic behind the cited property value and make sure it adds up. Also, see what asking price they advise you to use.
Ask if the agent thinks it will be easy to sell your property at the asking price or if it could sell for above the current valuation. Additionally, it is important to get a clear timeline of when the agent thinks the property will be sold. Finally, ask them what their plan is when they receive offers below the asking price.
6. Choose an agent
Once you’ve researched and completed the above steps, there are a few other important details to ask. First, know what percentage the agent will get for a commission. And above all, how are commission fees defined? This is essential to ensure that your agent will not take advantage of you. Additional costs and charges should also be agreed upon before hiring an agent. And make sure it is clear whether the agent expects to be the sole seller of the property.
As you might receive an independent offer, make sure your agreement is clear with the agent you have chosen. Finally, make sure you have the length of your agreement with the agent in writing. This is important because if you decide to market your property elsewhere, you will need to know if there are any fees associated with canceling the agent you hired.
These tips will definitely help you in your search for a real estate agent. While there are more things that could be pondered over, these are the main things you should discuss and look for when choosing a real estate agent to sell your property. Happy selling and, of course, good luck!
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