Commission is of course a concern to you as the seller, but make no mistake that discounted commissions lead to discounted services. A commission of 6%, split equally between a listing and selling agent, is reasonable and customary.
Company is irrelevant these days. Many highly qualified agents have broken away from the mold of large brokerages to pursue a more boutique-style, service-oriented approach for their clients. That type of service couldn't be more vital to a seller than it is now, in this marketplace. It gives the agent/broker autonomy when they serve you, and you support a local small business while receiving more personalized service.
All the best to you in choosing the right agent!
any agent look good and successful. Questions I would ask the agent are these: Will you be honest with me?
How will you keep me informed? If you are not living up to your promises, can I fire you?
Whether an agent is new or experienced is not a significant factor. I remember when I was a brand new agent.
I was really good back then, too.
You will never know if you selected the right agent until the transaction is closed. Be ready to take the risk and
don't over analyse this. Get your house sold and move on with better things in your life.
Good luck and thank you so much for wanting to work with a real estate agent. There are many benefits to this.
I also think you have an excellent chance of finding a good agent in Omaha. I've met and worked with many of
them. They pretty much are all top class!
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It's best to meet with someone that you trust and believe is capable of the job. If you are concerned about commission, you usually will get what you pay for, so be careful on that decision. I am happy to assist you. Feel free to contact me at 402-540-3811 or email@example.com
~ interview 3 different companies & compare services (do they have a fully-staffed relocation dept., and do they offer one-stop shopping with mortgage reps, title company, etc.?)
~ choose a couple of agents from within your chosen company (check them out on the company website for experience & qualifications)
~ investigate like a buyer! Does your agent have a presence on Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia?
~ does your chosen Realtor have reviews/recommendations from past clients?
~ compare the agent's listings with others in the marketplace (virtual tours, lots of photos, maximum information)
~ does your agent have a presence on Facebook, Linked-In and other social networks?
~ will your home be advertised in full-color print publications for buyers who are not internet savvy?
~ will your agent assist in readying your house for the market with preliminary pest inspections, utility records, subdivision restrictions, etc.?
Those are just the beginning steps. You pretty much get what you pay for so be willing to pay at least what is considered a healthy commission in your area for the best services. You don't want to risk your house being eliminated from some buyers agents' list of homes because of a low cooperating commissioin.
Best of luck!
2. they should have experience in your area of interest
3. if you are buying (the seller pays the commission) if you are a seller, commissions are negotiable. Look at other listings to see what is customary in your area and I recommend doing something similar.
4. see examples of their marketing pieces and homes sold
5. have any agreements, promises to promote or advertise put in writing so that their are no misunderstandings
6. company isn't the big thing since the person is going to be pushing your home. Nevertheless, you do want them to live or work near your area of interest.
2) Enthusiasm: Is this agent enthusastic about my property? An enthusiast agent will exude a positive feeling, not only to you but to potential buyers.People prefer working with someone who has a positive attitude.
3) Brand; only 4% of consumers surveyed cared about National Brand- the truth is MLS Mulitple Listing Service is not brand specific- but is universal amoung all agents and Real Estate Aggregators such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc, Some agencies charge additional fees for services; typically these fees are passed on to consumers, such as management fees. So compare agencies and ask about fees in advance.
Appearance and presentation- does this person seem professional? Can they competently answer your questions? Do they give you a sense that they are knowledgable and familiar with your area, and how are they going to market your property? How often will they be communicating with you and how well did they come prepared to the interview? Do they have current market sales, and are they local? What do they know about your specific community? If you are comfortable and confident you have found the Sales Associate (real estate agent) that fits with your personality,shares your goals and is a good fit with you.
Just because someone says they are a Top Producer, or they've been in the business 20 years is meaningless if they dont meet your needs. And note - I've actually decided not to take a listing because the seller and I are not on the same page. It is really important that you articulate your expectations and the agent can meet them.
While I am working in your area, I know a great agent who is - one who I would sell my own home through. Happy to pass along the name. Hope your experience is a really positive one.
Transaction coordination fees and other miscellany.
There are several large agencies that charge up to $500/ per transaction.
There is some debate about whether or not these fees are even legal.
Our company does not charge our clients for transaciton coordination, online access, our E/O insurance, document archival fees, risk management, etc. The agents pay those fees.
Find someone who listens to you.
Does the agent listen to you? Or do you feel like the person is just waiting for you to finish what you're saying so they can continue on with their sales pitch?
Use someone who is local.
We have problems in our small Central California suburb because "outside agents", while they have the best intentions, do not know enough about our area to give their clients the appropriate disclosures, tell them about water issues we have here, inform them of our local special assessment taxes (that can be higher than many expect), or tell them about what is happening in our community.
Find someone from a reputable agency.
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So here are a few starter questions that you need to ask and that the agent should be prepared to answer. These questions will help you determine if you are dealing with a knowledgeable agent?
1. How long have you been a real estae agent and what is your past work experience?
2. Are you full time or part time?
3. Tell me the addresses of some of the homes you personally sold in my neighborhood?
4. Are you familiar with my neighborhood? If so, tell me some things.
5. Tell me about your company and how far it is from my home?
6. Tell me what's going on in the real estate market and how it affected my neighborhood?
7. Tell me your entire plan for marketing my home?
8. What is your commission?
I hope this helped you.
Does your agent understand what you want and what you're looking for?
Does he know your ultimate objective?
Is he more than someone who slaps a for sale sign in the yard, posts on the MLs and hosts an open house?
Is he more interested in "buying the listing" or in giving you good and honest feedback and information to help you with your decision-making?
Seeing that the vast majority of buyer look online. what are the strategies does the agent employ to get the maximum exposure for your property?
Look for the marketing plan --- old fashioned? innovative? both? How does he/she market online? What media (blogging, electronic flyers, enhanced REALTOR.com posting, etc.) That's what sets agents apart.
Google the agent. A great way to find out about them.
Have a great weekend !
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NP Dodge Real Estate
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An agent's ability to understand contracts cannot be understated. Like movies that have lots of marketing hype and are a let down at the theatre, be careful of Realtors who come with glitzy brochures and scripted presentations. That is just bait to get you hooked and on board their boat. I would be looking for a genuine person who will treat my transaction as if it were their own. That doesn't mean they have done the most transactions in Omaha and it doesn't mean they have every Realtor designation on the face of the earth. It means they will spend time with you and guide you along the way of selling your home in a manner that is acceptable to you.
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First and foremost is..can you work with this person? Selling a home is a time consuming situation, you absolutely must have rapport with your agent. The size of the company is not as important as the proficiency of your agent..do they know what they are doing? Do they have a comprehensible marketing plan for selling your home? Does it make sense?I personally prefer a larger Realty Company because of the huge number of Agents I can market to..and in turn..their clients.
I am an experienced Realtor, providing full service to my clients and I have a exceptionally strong track record. In the past two years alone, the worst market in 50 years, I have sold almost 150 homes and the average time on the market was under 50 days! Check out my website at http://www.DarrylWikoff.com for more information.
Give me the opportunity to show you what I can do for you. No pressure and no obligation.
I hope to hear from you soon!
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I would suggest you look for an agent that best fits your needs for listing your home & meeting your goals & expectations. you can click on my link below for more information for sellers.
Best of luck in your search
First, you should interview prospective agent. You should have not trouble finding one, there are many of us! Use an agent from a good company that has been in business for a long time with a good reputation. Find an agent you like. Remember, you will be communicating with your agent often. You should be able to understand what your agent is telling you and ask for data to back up price, inspection results, etc.
I too would love to earn your business. Didi Pache - 402.214.3434
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