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enricia, Both Buyer and Seller in Wynnewood, PA

Shall we interview multiple listing agents?

Asked by enricia, Wynnewood, PA Tue Apr 16, 2013

We worked with a buyer agent for a couple of years and bought a house. Now we are planning to sell our old home. Shall we still interview multiple agents besides our buyer agent? Or is it frowned upon? We don't want to hurt her feelings, but we also want to sell smoothly, and understand strategies matter.

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It all depends on what you feel most comfortable with.
It may be a good idea to speak with her as well as a few others to see who you think will best represent your interests. Ask about pricing, marketing and listing strategy and experience in your local area.
As Realtors, we understand that there is a lot of competition, so most expect that you will interview multiple agents.
It is a GREAT time to sell-I just sold a home in Wynnewood in 3 days.
Best of luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
First and foremost this is a business transaction. So you should interview and choose the best agent for the job that needs done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 1, 2015
First and foremost this is a business transaction. So you should interview and choose the best agent for the job that needs done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 1, 2015
Picking a Realtor®; you should interview several Realtors® before making a decision. Do not solely rely on a referral! Do the work yourself and interview several. Here’s a short check list of questions to ask & things to consider:
1) The paperwork involved in this process is extremely complicated, having stated this It is important that a Realtor be “practiced at our trade” pick a Realtor® which has completed 15+ transactions the previous year
2) Interview 3-5 full time Realtors® (very few part-time agents have the same skills as a person who works Real Estate on a full time basis)
3) Do not choose a Realtor® who proclaims themselves as “EXPERTS” because they have taken a seminar and have a designation on their business card. (CDPE, ABR, CRS and others) many of these expert classes require less than 16 hours of training and everyone who pays the fee passes. The experts are the ones who run the race not just buy the t-shirt.
4) Do a basic back ground check on your Realtor® use a site like PIPL or just goggle their name, this usually turns up items such as lawsuits, bankruptcies or other items which you feel might interfere or conflict with a Realtor® representing your best interest. Ps: this does not work for a John Smith
5) Once you have interviewed your potential Realtors® and if you are still unsure and want a “trail run” sign an exclusive buyers agency for 48 hours with the Realtor® and explain if all goes well in the beginning then you will be willing to commit for 3-6 months.
6) Work with a Realtor® which is local to your area. Meaning a 10-20 mile radius, they will know the schools, shopping and the growth potential of the area without having to go look it up!
7) Don’t worry too much about a Realtors® personal advertising program, if they are a member of the local MLS & have a National Brand their personal attempts to enhance the marketing of your home is limited at best. If they state otherwise they are just blowing hot air. The internet takes care of 98% of the advertising needs.
8) Before you sign a contract wait one week & call your choice 2-3 times, see if they answer the phone and if they call back within 4 business hours. Believe it or not answering the phone is one of the most important items on this list.

Before you even start this process consider purchasing the book by Dave Ramsey “The Total Money Makeover” this will provide valuable information in regard to having a successful financial life & make a prudent home purchase!

That’s your list! Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
Great question, it sounds like you are happy with the service that you received from your buyer specialist and I always like to hear about customers who have had a good experience with their agnets.. Most Realtors have specializations just as any other professional such as doctors, lawyers, and teachers. I think that it would be a very good idea to interview several other agents who specialize in the listing of homes. Do some homework and make sure to choose the agents that you interview carefully. A good way to screen prospective agents is to review their online reviews and reccomendations. I wish you the best of luck with the sale of your home!

Jason Drissel
REALTOR
Keller Williams Real Estate
jdrissel@kw.com
Preferred (267) 446-7266
(215) 631-1900 ext 1939l
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
ABSOLUTELY!

If seriously considering listing a property one should always interview several agents AND require a written comprehensive marketing plan for your specific property. This should include what you can expect from both their agency and themselves.

One of the biggest mistakes people get into when listing property is assuming certain things will be done, only after it's too late finding things aren't as they thought. This written plan should become a "blue print" for success, being able to follow the marketing plan step-by-step. It should include things like: open houses, feedback on showings, internet presence, print advertising, professional networking, their annual marketing budget, self-promotion, company visibility etc. etc.

Never settle for putting it on the local MLS and putting a sign in the front yard......there's much more to selling a property than this. Make sure it's clear and in print!

Hope this is helpful.

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
Since you only know your agent as a buyers agent why not sit down with them and express your concerns and interest. they will most likely put together a listing presentation so you fully understand what the local market is doing, what services you can expect, and anything else relevant to the process. This relationship is a two way street and as a homeowner you have to work with the market and not against it. If you are confident in your agents marketing plan, communication skills, and pricing, why not use them.

Chris
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
As a home owner thinking of selling you have seven incredibly important questions that MUST be answered. For most home owners or sellers, reciting what these seven question are is impossible.
However, upon hearing them, they all respond, 'Of course those are the important things!"
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When you know the important things, your interview have a objective other than personality matching!
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The agent who addresses these seven important issues without you having to pry a response from them is the agent that is in tune to your needs and the process. The agent who answers your questions without your need to ask them.
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Just to get you tuned in:
Two of those questions you must have a response to (without asking) are:
1. What will it cost
2. How long will it take.
The other five are MORE important.
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If the agent with whom you worked is still maintaining contact with you, you absolutely SHOULD include her in the review process.

Need to know the other five questions? You will need to call.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
It depends if that buyer agent also is well experienced in selling homes, some agents pick one side and stick with it. Others prefer a balance of both. You want to ask what they will charge and more what you will get for what you pay. They should be well experienced in listing and selling homes, what to price your house at, where will they advertise, who they market to, do they show the home themselves or use single broker showings and do they stand by you through each step of the selling process
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Enricia,

I copied this from the other forum just in case you only checked the answers here:

Who you choose to sell your home is a big decision. Many people feel loyalty to the agent who helped them purchase the home in the first place, and that is completely understandable. However, you owe it to yourselves to make sure you hire the right agent for the job of selling you home. Ultimately, this isn't about feelings, this is business.

Most people will interview two or more agents to sell their home. You want someone who you feel comfortable with not only as a person, but you want to feel comfortable knowing that the sale of your home is in their hands, and they will use the resources at their disposal to get the job done as quickly as possible while netting you the most money as possible.

Personally, I specialize in Montgomery County real estate, and I would love the opportunity to interview for the job of selling your home and review the strategies I use to get homes sold. You may reach me through any of the methods in my signature below.

Warmest regards,

Joshua Stein, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Preferred – Conshohocken

Office:(610) 828-9558 * Cell: (215) 866-8030
Direct:(484) 270-1165 * Fax: (215) 999-5894
Email: jstein@cbpref.com
Web: http://www.joshuasteinhomes.com

PA License #RS317975
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 16, 2013
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