Whether or not you’re a first-time house seller, you the process is going to be less than simple. No wonder sellers would usually rather list with a real estate agent. But even with most sellers thinking it’s an advantage to work with a real estate agent, more than 65% say it’s challenging to find a good one.
If you’re on the hunt for a real estate agent, here are tips to help you out:
Personally look around the local housing market.
Drive or walk around your area and be on the lookout for repeat agent names on real estate signs, especially those with a “sold” sign next to them! Research shows six percent of sellers met their agents through a for-sale sign, while 15 percent hired theirs out of local familiarity.
Speak to an agent personally at an open house.
Go to an open house nearby and pay attention to the way the agent engages with you and the others. Take the time to actually speak with the agent instead of just taking off with their business card. See whether there’s chemistry between the two of you.
Get online and search real estate agents. Run a quick name search on all those agents you have shortlisted, find out some details and most importantly, read reviews. See what people have to say about them. Also, observe how they react to negative reviews.
Ask for referrals.
Nothing’s better than personal referrals from trusted friends or family members. But don’t stop with the first agent you come across with. By speaking with many, you can make comparisons and see who’s really the right one for you.
Ask important questions.
How long is your experience as a real estate agent? Do you mainly deal with buyers or sellers? How many active deals do you handle at a time? Are you an independent agent or do you come under a firm? Are you prepared to work with my particular situation? How do you plan to sell my home? Can you provide references?
Discuss marketing and selling strategy. Be sure that you and the real estate agent are well-aligned in terms of the selling strategy. How many showings do you intend to do? Before a showing, how much lead time do you get? What about open houses? How do you plan to put the property out there?
Smooth out all the pertinent details.
Good agent-seller relationships are defined by transparent expectations. Be sure that, in writing, both parties are agreeable to vital issues like commission structure, list price, contract duration, and the rest. You don’t want problems just when the deal is ready for closing or even after.