Six Key Questions to Ask when Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Market and Sell Your Home
The work of a real estate agent can make or break how a prospective buyer feels about the property. Now that it's time to sell your home, you want to find the right agent to market it. How do you find someone you can trust who will make you feel confident they can sell your home quickly for the best price possible? Here are the questions you should be asking.
Are They Licensed?
This one is the easy one. You should be working with a member of the National Association of Realtors. It is also important that you check whether they have any complaints on record about their practices. You can check with your state's real estate department as well.
Are They Successful?
A successful real estate agent is more than the number of sales they have completed. You should also find out the average difference between listing and selling prices on their most recent sales. If an agent is closing deals at far below the original asking price consistently, that might be a red flag. They should also educate you on the current market stats which also effect selling and buying.
How Busy Are They?
Make sure you ask in advance how often the agent will contact you and how they will keep you informed of potential buyers. If you're going to be working with one of their associates at times, you should know. What is their marketing plan to get your home sold. Will you be talking to them or a team member?
How Familiar Are They With Your Neighborhood?
A real estate agent is not just marketing your home – they're marketing your entire community. If they have closed nearby sales before, they are familiar with the selling points of the neighborhood as well as the right price range for properties similar to yours. What are they going to do to make your home stand out above the rest?
How Much Commission Do They Expect?
If you find one that offers their services for a low percentage, you should know why. Are they just trying to stay competitive? Or do they expect you to do a large share of the marketing yourself? How much will they market your home? Will they do open houses? Will they give you weekly reports on status of marketing? Will they put a brochure box in the front yard with color flyers? These are just a few of the questions you need to be asking the agent you are interviewing. You will get an idea of how much or little they will do after they have the signed listing.
Do They Have A Plan?
The real estate agent should be able to tell you exactly which marketing techniques they would use for your home and how they plan to promote the listing. They should come to the table with ideas from the very beginning on what they are going to do to get your home sold for top dollar. Will they offer a stager? Will they offer suggestions on furniture placement, taking out some stuff etc., decluttering? Will they walk around the exterior and interior with suggestions, to assist in things, that they know are buyers concerns. What internet sites will they be marketing my property on, not just the MLS.
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