A home seller should interview their agent just as a listing agent should interview the seller.
A seller should understand the selling process and have realistic expections as to the value of their property to sell.
They should listen to their agent when the agent suggests to them to declutter and get rid of all the family pictures on the wall. A potentional buyer should picture their family not see someone elses.
A seller should understand that one lives in their home one way and gets it ready to list and sell by keeping it another way.
I believe a home seller can best work with their agent when there is mutual respect, understanding and they work together to get it sold.
Hope this information can assist future home sellers.
Keller Williams Sonoran Living
As a team, we love working with clients that are willing to be creative and also accept some feedback from us, from other agents and from buyers. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune, in fact, it often costs nothing to prep your home for sale and help us help you get the most for your home. We also constantly reevaluate our marketing strategies for listings and brainstorm with our clients ways to attract more showings and more buyers.
Not having this relationship doesn't mean that a home won't sell, but we fervently believe it's the only way for a seller and agent to leave a transaction feeling satisfied with the outcome. Plus, it's just so much more enjoyable to feel like a team!!!
For example some of the things that I do to market the home in order to get hte best price and the quickest sale include:
1. I pay for a home stager that comes to your home and does a full consult. Telling you what you can do to showcase your home with the items you already have (no, not going to purchase new items).
2. Professional photograhy of the property and views.
3. I'm part of a network of agents that are the top 10% in my city and I showcase the listing to them.
4. An open house to brokers in my office to let them preview the property.
5. Property is marketed on literally over 100 websites.
6. Weekly updates through email and a phone call.
These are just some of the services that I think are very valuable and may not be things that all agents are doing.
Don't be fooled by the agents that offer the low price - check it out completely. After selling real estate full-time as the income earner for my family I have seen all sorts of business models but you know what? It is a customer service business and find out what that service is.
Feel free to send me your Sedona/ Verde Valley AZ referrals. Please do check out my references. I am all over follow up!
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Integrity: No Shades of Grey
Susan Job and Chris and Michelle Spalding.
Both have articulated well WHY so many real estate professionals are in this business in addition to clearly explaining why they are successful. They are successful BECAUSE the are focused on their responsibility to their client, to preforming each task fullly. They know it is the full completion, execution of these tasks that determine their income. Those who have not received such revelation remain stick in the 'it's all about the commission' mindset.
Applaud Susan, Chris and Michelle for investing a moment of time to add some reality to this dialog.
As in any team sport, you can only have one captain. Make sure, in this home selling event, the captain is identified and the CAPTAIN is ready and able to be held accoutable for the outcome. The outcome is getting the home sold. (not what has been suggested) The professional hired will fill the role needed. We are hired to do as instructed by those who hire us. If the seller believes Trulia and Zillow has prepared them propertly and they want to be captain, sometimes, the agent simply can not persuade the owner to get out of harms way. In those cases, the agent has a very, very important decision to make.
The home seller should be aware, their commitment to the process is reflected by their responsiveness. If the home owner committed to improving the curb appeal, and they do nothing, you need to understand, this can create the perception you are not part of this team effort. The agent needs to embrace the prospect the owner is responding with counter-intentions....that brings us back to the #1 issue...COMMUNICATIONS.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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West USA Realty
The seller has the right to ask for any price they would like for the home; however, if the agent doesn't believe the price is realistic there has to be an honest discussion. Additionally, if the property is occupied that makes a few more essential guidelines including flexibility in showing the home, and keeping the property in "show" condition.
Please let me know if you would like to schedule a listing appointment to learn more about what I am able to offer.
Sean Heideman, Broker