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What to Look For . . . in an Agent
Take a 'show me' attitude
Make sure an Agent can back up any and all statements.
Don't be shy, you have a great deal riding on their ability to sell your home!
Always - ask the Agent for a list of references. If they can't or won't provide any you are interviewing the wrong Agent!
Successful Agents like those at RealStar have proven themselves as experts over and over again.
Before you list, ask these
10 Interview Questions.
|You find what you look for . . .
Many Sellers find an Agent through a family member or friend. Sometimes they even feel obligated to work with their third cousin that does Real Estate while running day care out of their home. Unfortunately, you won't often find the most aggressive or successful Agent this way. Not having the right Agent can cost you precious time and money!
What you really need . . .
A Good Track Record
Selling your home is an important financial and emotional decision. The last thing you need is an Agent who takes it easy because they think they have a 'relationship' with the Seller. Look for an Agent that has a variety of Buyer sources available. Keep in mind nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. Top Producing Agents like those at RealStar will have high numbers of closings. Successful Agents will usually have a good number of listings too! The benefits for you will be a substantial advertising budget and a pool of qualified Buyers!
Be wary of an Agent who suggests they can get a higher than market price. Some Agents use this technique to get a listing only to seek severe price reductions later on. In the meantime, you have to pay a mortgage over & over! Top Producing Agents like those at RealStar will always set realistic expectations. An appropriate listing price attracts the most Buyers and leads to a Top Selling price! Yes, the Seller sets the price but, the Buyer determines value!
Make sure your Agent has the Experience and the Qualifications to sell your home as effectively as possible. Marketing homes in today's economy requires progressive strategies that add value and service for both Buyers and Sellers! Top Producing Agents like those at RealStar are innovative and offer a variety of methods to attract Buyers including Relocation Networks, Chambers of Commerce, Referral Networks, etc. Progressive Agents consistently outperform the simple 'MLS' and Internet Agents.
Choosing an Agent - Points to Look For:
Experience - As with other professions, the experience of your Realtor is paramount. This will have a direct impact on your stress level, days on market and your ultimate sales price! Experienced Agents like those at RealStar know what it takes to get you Sold!
Knowledge of the market - To be successful in today's market an Agent needs to understand all the market changes that have taken place over the last few years. From disclosure and license law changes to the way properties are appraised and loans are underwritten. An Agent needs a strong skill set to get a property Sold and keep it Sold. Experienced Agents those at RealStar know what's needed and know what it takes to get a property Sold and Closed! You don't have time for anything less.
Commitment & Focus - Avoid Agents that just dabble in real estate. Top Producing Agents those at RealStar are professionals whose livelihood depends on their ability to successfully and continually close real estate transactions like yours.
Attitude - Does your Agent seem to have your best interest in mind, or theirs? Do they seem interested in sharing with you what they know in a straightforward and honest manner or are they just telling you what they think you want to hear? The sale of your home is too important to leave to an Agent that does not have their priorities straight - you deserve nothing less.
Marketing plan - Does your Realtor have one? What profile will they use for your potential Buyers? What systems do they have in place
Results - How many homes do they sell in a month or in a year? Relative to others in the industry these numbers will give you an idea of what to expect in your sale. It will also tell you a lot about an Agent's dedication to getting the job done. Avoid Agents doing 1 or 2 deals a year. That's not a job. That's a hobby!