They get additional exposure and the phone ringing, so there is no downside in having listings lingering around. At some point the whole street and the neighborhood know realtors name because of the for sale sign that they pass every day.
You seem to know what you want so go with your gut. Get some recommendations from your friends, family, walk in into a Real-estate office and just see who you meet there.
Ask specific question like how they will market your home, how will they look for buyers, what is setting them apart form other realtors? The good realtor should have the some sort of a informative package to offer you about current market, company, some sort of hand -outs about home selling, staging etc. Are they going to provide you with professional looking sheets or brochures about your property, are they going to keep you up to date with the market, are they going to call you weekly to touch base with you, are they offering any extras to the public (like chocolates with the picture of your home on it, or something else that will keep the people talking), are they willing to roll up their sleeves and help out if needed, are they going to contact other agent to let them know about your listing, will they notify the neighbors via postcard about your home and so on .
Do not over improve your home. As long as you paint and stage it to look and feel neutral like a model home you will be fine.
Visit some OH in your are to see what is offered at what price. Who knows perhaps you will meet your agent there. Just stay away from agents that are pointing out negatives in the house and tell you that the seller will settle for less.
Best of luck
I would suggest to you that a real estate agent does his job in order to be compensated for it - that is the nature of all business, I would assume you do not work for free either.
"Adding properties to [one's] portfolio" as you put it is a terrible business plan. Who wants a bunch of listings that aren't selling? An agent only gets paid when they close a sale. In a declining market I submit that most agents are looking to sell your home, not "add it to their portfolio"
Lay out some objective criteria with which you will ultimately qualify the agent, experience, commission rate, location, whatever it is, you decide.If you're looking for the lowest cost and the best agent I would submit to you that you will not find what you are looking for as it does not exist. Good service providers don't have to discount. If however you are looking for a professional who will get the job done in the shortest amount of time with the aim of the achieving the highest NET to you then I'd say there are great many options available to you.
If your property is a single family or a condo I suggest you call Craig Foley 617-470-4554 - I know him personally and professionally. He is an outstanding residential agent in the area who can offer you the connections, and expertise you've mentioned you require.
I love to hear a seller that realizes some work needs to be done before listing a home. I would also highly recommend a home staging consultation.
Getting a home sold in this market requires several things.
One- Preparation, getting your home to stand out among the competition.
Two- Pricing, getting the proper price on your home coming out of the gate. A home priced properly and goes underagreement in the first 30 days will usually net more money for a seller rather that stagnating on the market and requiring several price changes.
Three- Presentation, an agent that will leverage your property on the internet. In today's real estate market it is important to realize your first showing is online!!
Lastly, I think its so important to realize that selling a home is a collaborative effort between both the agent and the seller. It is important to have open and honest communication. Your agent needs to provide accurate market data and have a strong concise marketing plan. As a seller you can't be afraid to ask questions and contribute thoughts and ideas.....
There were suggestions to Trulia to put a timelimit on certain questions because Real Estate is time senstive.
Oh well, I just added another answer here.
When I look for an agent to refer to in a distant location, that is my criteria.
Barbara Madaras, CRS
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