One of the most important decisions you’ll make during the home selling process is which real estate agent to use during the transaction. Your home is one of the biggest investments of your life. You can’t trust this to just anyone. You want a real estate agent that meets your needs and has what it takes to bring you to a successful closing without stress and delays.
Ask Friends & Family
People who are happy with their real estate experience will be happy to share information with you. Check with family, friends, and business associates who’ve had recent real estate transactions. Their recommendations are valuable and help with your research. People who are unhappy also share information. They can help you steer clear of real estate agents who aren’t suitable.
Make a Wise Choice
While your family and friends are wonderful resources, we highly recommend that you refrain from choosing a family member or close friend as your real estate agent. Choosing this person to work with seems like a logical choice, but there are times when the added stress that comes with real estate transactions could prove taxing on your relationship. This stress could cost you money and cause damage to the relationship that isn’t easy to repair.
Choose an Expert
The real estate agent you choose should be an expert in the style of home you are selling. If you’re selling a horse zoned property, you look for a real estate agent with that experience. If you’re selling a waterfront home, choose a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of selling a waterfront property. Your real estate agent should be an expert on the local community and provide information on schools, local amenities, and other details a buyer might wish to know when looking at your house.
Hold an Interview
You are looking for a professional real estate agent that meets your needs and can represent you during one of the most important times in your life. There’s a lot riding on their abilities and negotiation skills. Prepare questions to take with you to the interview so you won’t forget important details. Ask about recent home sales, their knowledge of the community, and the average time their homes stay on the market. Find out how often they need to lower house prices to sell them. Look for someone who can aggressively market your house.
The Importance of Communication
Your real estate agent should communicate at a high level with methods that meet your expectations. Pay attention to how quickly they return your calls. Someone who is slow to return your calls is likely to be slow answering calls from potential home buyers. If you prefer to be reached via text, make that clear. Be open and clear about your expectations from the beginning.
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
Flashy promises sound great but they lack substance under the surface. Look beneath the gold layer and see what’s being offered. Look for a real estate agent who is straight-forward. You want someone who will be honest with you throughout the home selling process. Anyone who is trying to hand you gold plated promises is costing you time and money.
Know the Plan
Know the real estate agent’s marketing plan to sell your house. What they do or don’t do has a direct impact on how successful your transaction is and how much of the asking price you receive. Your real estate agent should be current on real estate market trends, use the latest technology, and stay up-to-date on special trainings.
Have an Exit
The goal is to choose the right real estate agent the first time, but sometimes things go wrong. Know the exit procedure from the start to make sure there are no misunderstanding should you feel the need to end the contract.
The best source of information about local communities and real estate topics is your real estate agent. Give Brianna Ruelas a call today, for Grand Rapids call 616-272-9198 or Phoenix call 480-500-9395 to learn more about the area, to discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.