Interview the most active realtors in your area then pick the one with the best marketing plan and internet presence. in this ever changing real estate market,you have to focus on creative marketing more than ever.
Here are some facts for consideration:
In most markets a very small percentage, usually under 10%, actually do most of the business. In any givien market, about 20% of the listings are prepared for market correctly, price right, and sell within 30 days.
the problem is, you will not know if your Realtor is in these 20% or not. OTOH, that means that 80% of listings are overpriced, not marketed well, and tend to sit on the market. They normally sell for less (you know, you look at a home that's been on the market and you ask "Gee, I wonder what is wrong with that home?".
Realtors' skills and talents vary widely, so I would take this approach:
1. They should be asking you a lot of questions to analyze your situation. When they ask, they should cover why you are moving, if you have any alternative to moving, when you need to be there, and how much you need to net when you sell.
2. They should ask about your destination. Our job is to manage your move, not just sell the property. So timing is important. Are you relocating out of area, are you buying a home in the local area, do you need a referral to someone to help you?
3. The biggest problem we get questions about is "help, my home is not seling". You should be able to determine if the Realtor has a plan, what the plan is. Do you believe the plan meets your needs? Do you think it will work? What happens if your expectations are not met?
In every transaction unexpected things can happen. You need to feel comfortable that if your Realtor says "We expect 10-12 showings or one offer in the first two weeks, and if we don't get that response, then this is what we do...".
You want someone that has a great online presence.
I would use a search engine to find agents that appear on the
first few pages of an online search. Also.....
Let me give you a really simple formula..... 3+5+50
For the purposes of eliminating hundreds of agents, you should only consider agents that have...
3 Years of Experience
5 Websites that are under their control (this will allow for great online marketing of your property)
50 Closed Transactions (at a minimum)
Regardless of your location, I would be more than happy to help with your search.
Please feel free to give me a call or send an email.
I wish you much success in all of your real estate pursuits.
David A. Patterson, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty
4400 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
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Is the home you are trying to sell in South Carolina or New York? Let me know and I can put you in contact with a qualified agent. You can interview this person and decide wether their marketing strategy meets your needs and expectations.
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