Selling your home is often the biggest financial transaction you will be involved in, and usually the most stressful! Choosing a great real estate agent is critical to getting you the best deal available, and reducing the stress levels as much as possible. Here are some tips to finding the best agent for you:
One of the best ways to select an agent is a referral from a family member or friend. Ask around the people you know, to see who has used an agent they could recommend.
Always meet with the agent to make sure he/she is someone you feel you can trust and get along with. You will need a close working relationship with your agent to ensure a successful outcome, so someone who is both professional and approachable is essential.
Ask about the feedback you will receive. You should look for an agent who will give you a weekly written report, and will make the time to sit down and discuss this report with you and answer any questions you may have.
While you obviously want the best price for your home, don’t just choose the agent who gives you the highest estimate of what your house might sell for. Unfortunately, some agents will quote you a high price simply to get your listing. Look for an agent who will bring you information about the sales in your area, so that you can make an informed decision.
Be wary of agents who say they will “guarantee” a price for your home. It is not the agent who determines the price of your home, it is the buyers in the marketplace. Once again, unfortunately some agents will “guarantee” a price simply to get an exclusive agency on your property.
Also be wary of agents who say they don’t believe in advertising. Microsoft and McDonalds are two of the most well-known brands on the planet, and yet both companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on advertising. Why? Because advertising works. The key to getting the best price for your home is getting as many potential buyers through your property as possible, and an appropriate advertising strategy is essential in achieving this.
A good agent will explain to you the different selling options available, their pros and cons, and which method he/she recommends for your property based on experience. But remember, you have to be comfortable with the method chosen, and the final decision is yours.