I bet you are surprised at how little local comments were offered. As in any business only a few are true professionals and I have found that most of the Trulia participants really "know their stuff". Choose any of these people and I am sure you will be in good hands.. Good Luck wishing you success!
But remember this, the firm is not going to sell you home, the agent is ~ it is all about the agent you hire. A great agent that is supported and inspired by her broker is an amazing thing. A mediocre agent that hangs her license with a powerhouse firm is - well - just a mediocre agent.
This is a great place to begin your search for agents - visit the Find a Pro section to start - identify those that impress you - read their profiles, read their client testimonials, invite them in and interview them. Ask for references and talk to them. My suggestion is to use the interview as an opportunity to get a sense of their market, inventory and pricing knowledge, analytic skills, strength of marketing plan, with a particular emphasis on online reach. Commitment to service, responsivenss, communication, be specific and look for specific plans, commitments, deliverables and measureables...in short effort and accountability. Look for results not just listing volume. When I sit down with sellers I volunteer that while there are plenty of agents that have a larger listing portfolio, but there are few that outsell me. Your goal is not to "list" it is to "sell", so see past the heavy listers and find the agent that will get the job done for you.
All of this, all of it, is at the agent level.
Please, Do NOT just walk into or call an office and give your business to whomever is sitting at the desk/answers the phone. Also, although it may seem obvious, be sure to ask the agent if she is full time or part time - this is no market, nor is the sale of your largest asset an assignment for a part-timer.
"The Agent you choose really does make a difference!" ... make no mistake about it!
Good luck to you,
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Good question and a lot of very quick responses.
The so called â€œbig companies,â€ corporate owned companies make no difference. The fact that they advertise the brand name is good, but on a local level it is not going to hold as much weight.
You should direct your due diligence to agents in your area that advertise and sell homes. Find an agent that has success that he/she can show you in front of you, including recent advertising, internet and personal marketing. Ask for a copy of each ad and internet connection that your home will be a part of, where and when.
Your focus should be on a full time agent that brings in results, the honest answer is the keyâ€¦ not the answer that will get your listing. Price your home correctly and work with the agent that can show you the results. If the agent shows up with a book of sales from 1987 through 2009.. Smile, get through it and move on.
Interview several agents to see what the marketing plan is, how long they have been in business, that they work full time, what is their average list to sold price, etc. Make sure you like the person because you'll be working with them very closely.
I would go with the one of the BIG companies in your area, then ask around for the best individual reps in your regions.
There is very much a difference between various real estate firms. Here in NYC, companies are known withing the business for having varying reputations, good and bad, and for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, it is the individual agent's efforts that truly matter, but you do want a company with significant marketing ability (think big company) and a great reputation. Definitely interview 2-3 and see who you click with. Also do not look to save a little on commission. That usually means they cut corners on marketing or just don't have the ability to give you the most exposure through the best marketing. A cheaper commission could cost you much more in lower sale price due to insufficient exposure.
This is a difference between real estate brokers AND real estate agents. Just because one broker's sign may all around doesn't always make them the best and same goes for an agent. You should interview several agents from several different brokers and then decide who provides the best service broker/agent and narrow it down from there. My best service I don't mean the highest listing price because you don't want to overprice your house nor do you want to list with the lowest commission unless of course all other services are comparable. You need to do your due diligence in choosing an agent. Your trusting someone with your biggest asset, do you really want to use just anyone?
Big brokers aren't always better nor are mom and pop offices. Its about service. Decide what's best for you and your home. Compare different agents based on marketing, price, personality, availability, and other factors.
Its a big decision, do your homework and research. I'd be happy to discuss our marketing program with you.
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There is certainly a difference between real estate firms. It sounds like to me that you are looking to find the best way to sell your home. For that, you could look at this at two levels.
Real Estate Firm. Most firms are independent franchises. The owning broker has a strong influence on how his agents operate. For instance, my owner broker is a by the book guy so his agents dot the i's and cross the t's. We don't cut corners.
Real Estate Agent. Many others here have answered that the real estate agent matters a lot. They are right. You need to find an agent who you think will give you the service you want. You also want to consider hiring a RealtorÂ®, which is an agent that a member of the National Association of Realtors and took an oath to uphold a Code of Ethics.
Interview a couple of real estate agents and I think you'll quickly learn what you like in your agent.
Good luck to you!
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Some firms have extra fees that are titled many different things, but your overall exposure is going to depend more on your individual listing agent. An experienced agent willing to spend time and money is going to be a better agent (in most cases) than someone not putting in the time or money at a bigger more well known company. It all depends on the individual. When buyers are looking in the MLS, they often don't even look at who listed the property, because they don't care. If the home is priced right and appealing to them, they will take notice regardless of what company listed it.
Seeing a lot of signs is an indication of listing properties, but not necessarily getting them sold. It only costs you time to interview a few agents from different companies, and that is the route I would go in figuring out which direction to take.
That being said, the agent's company is important to help the agent be successful. A successful company will have a huge internet presence so that they can capture the market for both sellers and buyers. There is a website that you can use to check the company that you are thinking about using to see how their website measures up to the competition. I have left a link for you.
Once you have chosen a couple of agents, check the website of their companies. In a world which is dominated by the internet, it is important that the agent you choose is affiliated with a company which is on the front lines.
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In reality, there is not much difference between the major agencies. They all offer the same basic level of service. The difference lies in the individual agent. A real estate agent is basically a "business within a business". Meaning that the agent affiliates with the brokerage, but basically runs their business on an individual basis. Including things like deciding on advertising, Internet exposure, open house schedules, targeted promotions, etc.
Some agents will spend a lot of their own time and money in getting your home sold. Other agents will give you whatever the brokerage gives them, and will not spend their own money to get the job done.
That is why it is important to interview each agent individually. Even if it comes down to 2 agents in the same firm, it is 2 separate interviews and 2 separate "businesses" that you are considering for the job.
Experience is also key, as is "full time" status. There are many new agents, and many agents who work "part time". Under no circumstances should you hire an agent who is part time, and you really do not want to use a rookie either.
So, I would pretty much ignore the agency and target my effort on finding the best individual agent. The agent spends the money and makes the decisions. And a good agent who runs their business well and will do a good job for you may be associated with any agency big or small.
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Also I wouldnt look for the cheapest agent in town because they are usually cutting out some of the services which you will most likely need to get the Best Price and Terms you deserve...You also must be realistic with your Realtor as far as Pricing your home properly to sell fast and for Top Dollar...Force him or her to go too high and you could be on the market for a Long time and have several price reductions leading to a far lesser bottom line than what you should have or could have gotten.You should Not only interview several Realtors, but when you have your short list ready, you should interview All of their Brokers and of course check their references. I would start with friends and family members to see if they were happy with their Realtor.....If you are ever in my area please look me up or google me and call if you wish, I would be happy to speak with you............... Sam Hrono
Do that and I have every confidence that you will succeed - best of luck to you!
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The best way to select a real estate company is to interview a few different companies & ask to see their office sales production in your area. Just because they have a lot of for sale signs up doesn't mean they are getting homes sold. Ask to see thier marketing plan for your home, expected time to sell ,& choose the agent you feel most comfortable with that you feel will get the job done.Good luck with your move!
Denise Gueterman Weichert Realtors 142 Main Street Chester, NJ 07930
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Great Question! One that we agents face all the time
There is a big difference in Agents, and in Companies!
As my colleagues say, interview a few agents and let us explain why we are different and of course why we each think we are the best.
I'm with Weichert and would like to show you why we sell more in Morris Co. than any other Company.
Best of luck to you,
It can be decieving when going by the company's name....because a company is a national franchise doesn't necessarily mean they are the best at what they do....our recommendation is to invest some time in a little research to identify the annual sales volume for the major companies in your location. Be sure to include those that are not national names because quite often the answer to your question can be found in one of these companies.
It would be good to base your decision on solid facts and not the biggest or most recoginzed company. Your best choice may be one that is directly related to a company's share of the local RE market.