When it comes time to sell a home, many people choose a realtor within an hour and don’t spend the time researching what they really need and want. If you were going to buy a car you wouldn’t just choose the first car you see on the lot. You spend weeks or months researching which car suits you best. So when deciding, here are 5 questions you should ask your potential agent.
1) How many sellers are you currently representing?
A realtor with many sellers is a great sign that they are a good realtor and trusted, but too many sellers can result in the division of their attention.There is no set number that is too many, it really depends on the individual realtor.
2) How many homes have you sold in my target neighborhood?
This is an important question because you want someone who is experienced in your area. When you ask a good realtor should have a comparative market analysis or a list of homes recently sold or for sale on hand. Luckily, many agents focus their work on specific cities or neighborhoods, making them the best candidates for selling your home.
3) What price do you think my house will sell for in the current market?
This question will give you an idea of your agent’s knowledge and thought process. An experienced realtor will take data from the current market, data from a pool of comparable homes, and your home’s condition and amenities. Don’t be too concerned if the number they give you is lower than expected. Many times sellers believe their home to be worth more than it actually is. But if you really feel the price given is way too low, don’t be afraid to cross check with other home valuation sources.
3) Who else will be working with me?
Agents usually work with a team of people, but most of the time spent should be with them personally. It is good though to find out who the others are on the team.
4) What are your marketing and advertising plans for my house?
This is important in understanding the expertise of your agent. Marketing and advertising methods should go beyond just listing your home on multiple listing services. There should be a mix of online and offline methods. And don’t be afraid to ask for previous examples of their sales material from previous sellers.
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