Choosing Your Agent

Minimize your Hassle

So you’ve decided to minimize the hassle of selling your home on your own. The next thing to consider is who you will hire to do the job and what you should expect from this person. Finding the right real estate agent is not as easy as opening up the phone book and calling the first one you see. In order to assure yourself that you have chosen a qualified professional you will want to listen to advice from others, check references, and interview potential agents.

What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

Someone who has a personality that complements your own, and is willing to listen to your concerns, explain problems, and answer questions.

You want someone who works as an agent on a full-time basis. Sometimes people work in real estate as a side job indicating that their financial stability does not depend on this alone. These individuals, although highly competent, may not have the time or desire to work for you in the manner in which you deserve. It is usually a safer bet to go with a fulltime real estate agent.

An agent that is willing to be interviewed and give you references is probably proud of his/her work. Ask for contact information on the last three people they have represented. Just giving the information alone is a sign of integrity and willingness to work for you.

Find someone who has kept his/her real estate education current. The laws in the real estate market are constantly changing. Determine whether your potential agent has kept abreast of the changes.


What to Expect When Involving an Agent

Be ready to leave your house when the agent wants to show it. Prospective buyers feel uncomfortable viewing a home in the presence of the current owners.

Be ready to change a few minor things in the house. An agent will usually suggest ways for you to make the house’s appearance pleasing to a wider audience.

Expect your agent to come up with a fair market value for your home as well as a marketing strategy to be used in the selling process.

Hiring an agent, you will find, is one of the best decisions you can make. This person will take the stress off your shoulders and put it on his/her own. Chances are you will be spending a lot of time with this individual; so before you make a commitment to anyone, be certain that you can rely and trust them.


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