Home is not only where the heart is, it’s likely where most of your money is as well. This makes buying or selling a home one huge decision, and you may want all of the help you can get.
With the influence of lots of DIY television, many people feel they understand the ins-and-outs of real estate and don’t put a lot of weight on the real estate agent they choose. Coming from an active Realtor, I can tell you, professional experience can help save you lots of money and lots of unnecessary headaches.
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You might feel, as a seller, that you don’t need a real estate professional to help sell your home. You can put the for sale signs out there, and list your home on the go-to real estate websites, just as easily as any agent can. True, those are boxes that need checked, but there are as many other boxes that need checked, as there are moving boxes.
The benefits of a Realtor
Many real estate agents are also Realtors, which means they are members of the National Association of Realtors, or NAR. Being a member of the NAR requires an agent to follow as strict code of ethics. This code includes a duty to the client and customer, duty to the public and duty to the community. Realtors are properly schooled, licensed, and are expected to adhere to these duties. This standard allows you a baseline confidence that a Realtor will be looking out for your best interest in this sometimes, highly stressful process.
Break it down
The high stress that sometimes accompanies buying or selling a home, can come from lack of information about the lending and selling process. Understanding the nuances of a sales contract alone can be overwhelming. Choosing an agent that has experience in the field, and the ability to break down the legalese in a contract, is vital. You are entering into a very important, very binding, legal contract and should understand every detail of it. Your agent should not only be able to answer your contractual questions, he or she should walk you through step-by-step, to be sure you fully comprehend the contractual language.
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Interviewing agents is one way some people choose their agent. This is a good idea if you’ve never had contact with a particular agent and want to get to know them. While this can be helpful, it is not necessary to interview an agent in every case. If you’ve met with, or spoken to, an agent in the past, and already feel a sense of comfort and confidence, skip the formal interview and get on to your marketing plan.
Your agent should have a marketing plan. Your house is unique in its assets and in its drawbacks. Your agent should know how to accentuate the positive as well as being fully informed of any issues you home may have. If that means offering ideas to stage your home, helping to develop a task-list to complete before you put your home on the market, or pin-pointing the proper asking price, they should be ready, willing and able.
Bigger is not always better
An agent that is well-known in your area, could make that person an obvious choice as the agent to sell your home. While there is merit to that thought, many times that “highly successful agent” is so successful (busy) your home may eventually get passed off to assistants, or other team members. In many cases, the smaller, lesser-known agents have more time, and motivation, to focus on your needs. In either case, you should feel a personality fit with your agent, as you may be spending a lot of (potentially tense) time together.
Doing a little due-diligence on your prospective agent is a wise move. Check out their website, their social media accounts and references, if there are any available. Seeing how that agent markets other properties will give you an idea of how your home might be marketed.
Finding your new home is exciting. Take a little time to find an agent that can help you navigate this exciting, sometimes daunting process. Choosing the right agent can allow you to focus on packing boxes, while they help check off all of the other boxes. I am ready to help you find your dream home, contact me for more infomation!