If you haven't selected an agent yet, you should. Spring will be here before you know it and people are already shopping online for spring/summer turnover. I have a list of questions to ask agents in your interview and suggestions on ways to get the most value from your agent.
- Sean Williams, Trulia Pro
My suggestion would be to interview serveral agents. You need to find a agent that you feel 100% comfortable with and that you trust. Make sure you choose an agent that uses ever avenue they have as far as marketing. I would ask for some copies of current and past listing sheets from listings they have or have had. They will tell a pretty clear story of how much that agent cares about presentation. Photos, videos and remarks are HUGE for buyers!
The real question is what should your next agent do differently from your last agent. What kept your home from selling the last go round? You will want to begin a dialogue with agents to learn what their marketing plan is for your house.
Interview at least three agents personally. Almost all agents will put your house on the MLS but how they market it after that is key. Will they stick a sign in the yard, put in on the mls and pray for buyers, or do they have a plan that goes beyond that? However, no amount of marketing will sell a house that is over priced. Pricing it properly will be the kingpin in selling your home.
Talk to agents about a month before you are ready to put it on the market so you will have ample time to make any repairs, clean up, or touch-ups to make your house show ready.
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You need to ask a listing agent about their success in closing sales in the area of your home, about their marketing program, and check them out yourself on line - website etc.
It is never too early to begin a conversation with a Realtor. As full-time professionals, we are here to listen to your needs and to attend to details. By starting now and working towards an eventual listing date, you can be assured that no small---or large---detail is overlooked. A better question might be, "How do I know which agent is right for me?" Simply put, choose a Realtor whose personality works well with yours and I am sure you will have a positive sales experience.
In closing, best regards to getting your home listed and SOLD in a timely fashion.
Stan Trekell, GRI
You might consider having an agent take a look at the property at the start of May or sooner - this way you can get a feeling for where the home stands against its competition and begin taking steps to improve your chances of selling.
If it were me, I'd want a listing agent that communicated promptly and accurately; understood market values in your area; took pride in their photo/video & other marketing materials; and listened well to understand my unique situation. I might interview a handful of agents to find one that fit with my personality, appreciated my goals, and could hopefully save me time & money.
If you have a deadline after which carrying the property while out of state becomes a huge burden, it won't hurt to begin poking around and asking friends for agent referrals right away.
I'm sure after researching references you will know who to list with.