There is so much more to consider than 'quoted' price when you are choosing a real estate agent or broker to help you sell your property. A key consideration is 'what is the experience level of the agent that will be handling your proerty?' how did they arrive at the price they quoted to you? Was it a number based on what they thought you wanted to hear, or did they do a detailed market ananlysis, with supporting documentation, to arrive at a price range? Do they have the expertise to analyze the current market and trends that are developing?
Incidentally, you said you have quotes from 3 potential 'brokers'. Do you understand the difference between 'real estate broker' and 'real estate agent or sales person'? An agent is an individual who has taken, and passed, an extensive test on real estate, thereby qualifying to be liscensed as a real estate sales person in that state. PA code required that the new agent must be supervised under a real estate broker, who has responsibility to supervise and oversee that agent and the work they do. A broker has a minimum of 3 years experience in the real estate market, has taken a number of additional courses and then passed the brokers test to be a liscensed real estate BROKER in the state.
That being said, an agent may be very experienced and effective, but it is a question to be asked. Here are some questions that you might ask:: WHat is your experience with this type of property? How long have you been active in marketing real estate? Do you have references? etc.
This is a most important financial decision that you are entering into. Make sure that you have someone on your side who can help you walk thru the problems that may (or should I say always do) crop up.
Best of luck as you move forward.... more
Some of your investment will not return dollars, but will encourage buyers to visit and make an offer. Paint is inexpensive and the exterior and curb appeal are very important.
Many buyers will do drive bys and determine their interest in making an appt based upon their impressions from the exterior. A tidy yard, with toys and garbage can neatly tucked aside is important. Clean, mulch, trim and manicure your yard. Sweep the sidewalks and porch. Planters and urns at the front door is an inviting touch. These things should not cost a lot.
Painting and cleaning can do wonders. New knobs, hardware on cabinets, light switch covers, are inexpensive touches. New grates on a stovetop can freshed up the appearance of a stove.
Expensive investments are likely to help sell your property but not bring a dollar for dollar return.... more