Without the proper preparation, you may find yourself fighting a headache associated with the sale of your property. Don’t let the lack of knowledge make things more difficult. Find a real estate agent who can help you every step of the way. They have all the knowledge and experience that can keep your headaches at bay.
Where should I look?
Check with friends and family members about their experiences with real estate agents in the area. Have a chat with any business colleagues who recently bought or sold a home. Use the information they provide to begin your research.
My brother is a real estate agent. Can’t I just have him help me?
Friends and family members can be wonderful sources for information, but when it comes down to allowing them to help you with the sale of your home, you are better off saying no. Real estate transactions can place stress on personal relationships. Once the damage is done, it’s difficult to overcome. Choose a professional real estate agent and protect those relationships.
What kind of real estate agent do I choose?
If you’re selling a waterfront home, you want an agent who is an expert in that area. Similarly, if you are selling a luxury home, you want a real estate agent who specializes in selling luxury properties. They should have strong negotiation skills, meet your expectations for communication, and be local experts.
I found one I like. What now?
Once you find a real estate agent that meets your needs, set up an interview with them. Keep in mind that this person is helping you with one of the most important transactions of your life. You need someone you can trust. This process is not one you want to leave to chance. The real estate agent’s experience and knowledge are keys to success. Ask about their recent sales, their knowledge of the area, and the typical length of time their houses stay on the market. Find out how often they’ve needed to lower prices to sell a house and how they plan to market your listing.
I called twice, but they haven’t returned my call. Should I call again?
If you called and received no response, it’s time to move on to the next real estate agent on the list. You need someone who is trustworthy and reliable. Communication style is important, and their methods should meet your needs. Be clear about your expectations about how you prefer to be contacted and how often you want updates.
They promised to sell my house in 5 days. Isn’t that awesome?
That sounds amazing, but it may not be realistic. Beware of flashy promises that offer big results. Choose a real estate agent who is honest and has integrity. You want someone who gives you straight answers, even if it isn’t all roses and rainbows.
Once I find an agent, I just let them handle everything?
Your real estate agent will offer you valuable advice throughout the home selling process, but in the end, it’s you who makes the final decisions. They will handle the planning and help with the paperwork. They will aggressively market your listing. Expect them to keep you in the loop and consult you as they move forward.
What if I decide they don’t meet my needs?
No one wants to think about things not going as planned, but you may find that the real estate agent just doesn’t meet your needs. Prepare ahead and make sure you understand the exit procedure. Hopefully, you will never need to use that procedure, but it’s best to know from the start how to proceed in case you do.
The best source of information about local communities and real estate topics is your real estate agent. Give Tim Burroughs a call today at 208-409-7653 to learn more about the area, discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.