I'm a former resident of Bensalem and still reside in Bucks County. The best way to find an agent to sell your home is to interview atleast 2 agents. While there are many variables to this question, choose someone that you feel comfortable with. It's a good idea to write down questions that are important to you and apply to your personal situation.
I'll be happy to discuss your situation and show you the importance of how to market your home for a successful sale, and getting you the highest amount of money in the shortest amount of time.
Real Estate Professional
Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors
Main: 215-529-5000 ext. 5055
If you want experience and agressive, you have to ask just those questions.
1. Ask how many days on market their listings sit, vs. the area; and what their list to sell percentage is.
2. Ask how their marketing plan differs from everyone elses
3. Ask them the meaning of "agressive" in this market (see if it makes sense to you - your not an expert but you're not ignorant either!; see if it makes sense to you)
4. Get their credentials. Sometimes, more years doesn't always equate to experience
5. Ask them the average price of their listings; does it match your home price?
6. Make SURE you review the comparative market analysis thoroughly
7. If they have lots of initials (credentials) after their name, ask what they are and how they help you! They are not all applicable to sellers
8. Ask what percentage of their listings, sell (not necessarily by them - dual agency is not always good- but if they have only 40% of their listings, sell, that's not good); ask for proof
9. Ask if they have availibilty to relocation, or, where do their buyers come from?
10. Make sure you are comfortable with them.
Ok Joshua, after all that really good advice, and what other agents won't tell you, if you need help finding someone like this, e-mail me. Our office is the #1 franchise in the State, AND, I work with the #1 agent in the company!!! Your home is too foar for us to effectively help you, but, I can refer you, and I'll be honest. I won't tell you what you want to hear. I'll tell you what you should know.
Sharon R. Otto, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors
5895 Lower York Road - Peddler's Village
Lahaska, PA 18931
215-794-1070 x 106
The biggest problem that most sellers have is that their Realtor fails to mee their expectations.
Defining your expectation in the interview process, and asking questions that will help you select the right Realtor, will help avoid frustration later.
I suggest making sure that in your first discussion with a Realtor you are able to find out the following:
1. Are they looking for another listing or are they serious about helping you achieve your goals. You need someone that will fight to get your home sold, not just stick a sign in the yard.
2. Do they have a plan that they can tailor to your situation? What results do they expect? What happens if they do not achieve those results?
3. How well do they negotiate? You need a tough negotiator to protect your equity. Ask them what happens if you receive a low offer?
Hope this helps. If you'd like a referral let me know. Good luck!
I will have to disagree with some of the comments here and would like to chime in. When I started in real estate, I was working full time. We're all human and need to support our families. I could receive emails on my phone, so wherever I was, I could return a phone call or an email immediately. Many times, I've ran into situations where I had to try to get in touch with a full time agent on multiple occassions, with no success.
A full time agent is great, but part time agents are not bad. When I was working part time, I was working 50 hours a week in real estate. Is that part time or full time?
Just make sure that you pick an agent that you're comfortable with. Someone who doesn't throw sales pitches at you and paint a colorful picture, but someone who you can talk to like a friend. It only takes one person to visit your house and fall in love with it, so the agent who has the most targetted marketing plan, should probably be your agent of choice. Your decision should not be based on how many hours the agent works, although they should be professional and ethical.
I hope this helps.