Hiring a Realtor

Asked by Carlota01, Austin, TX Wed Jan 28, 2009

We have been trying for the past several months FSBO our house. Now we are considering in hiring a Realtor.
We are looking for someone with a solid experience, sucessful track sales record, knowledge of the area (NW Hills) and has experience in real estate photography.
Please let me know how can I find one realtor that meets the above requirements

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Emily Erekuff, Home Owner, Menifee, CA
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Hi Carlota,

The link below with our Member Search results for Travis County may prove helpful to you. You can browse the member profiles of those Real Estate Professionals that pique your interest and you can review their Trulia Voices contributions to get a feel for their expertise.

Good luck!

Emily Gibson
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Jeffrey Nyla…, , Austin, TX
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Hi Carlota,

Everyone agrees that you need to interview someone for the job of selling your home. Agents can be found in the phone book, from the internet, referrals from family, friends and co-workers, etc.

Some sellers list a home with an agent after a brief meeting or phone call. Be sure to ask questions about an agent's experience and level of knowledge like these:

How long have you been selling real estate?
How many homes do you sell a year?
How many homes have you sold in your career?
Are you experienced in my area?
What percentage of your business comes from referrals from past and present clients?
What is your average time on the market versus the Multiple Listing Services (MLS)?
What percentage of your listings do you sell yourself?
What is your average list price to sell price ratio, and how does that compare to the rest of the MLS?
Where do you rank in your office? Top Lister? Top Seller? For how many years?
Where do you rank in your company, franchise... locally, internationally? For how many years?
Where does your individual office rank in the MLS? For how many years?
How strong is your name recognition in the market area?
Do you have a Guaranteed Sale Program? Will you buy my home so that I will not risk losing the home I want to buy?
What percentage of your accepted contracts close? What percentage fall apart?
What is your marketing plan?
Where and how often will you advertise our home?
Will you provide television advertising? How much?
Would you provide us with professionally produced four-color brochures of our home?
Will you provide Internet advertising? How?
What lead generation system (s) do you have to develop an inventory of buyers for your listings? Where are they? Who manages them?
How many qualified buyers are you currently working with? What is your follow up system?
How many full-time assistants do you have? Do you have a listing coordinator, a closing coordinator, a team coordinator?
Do you have enough buyer leads to require a buyer's agent or agents?
Do you provide us with written activity reports of the showings and prospective buyer and REALTORS comments?
Do you have a mission statement?
Will you give us your professional opinion on how to prepare our home for showings?
Do you have a list of references that we may call?

What other questions do you have for me?

At your service!

Jeffrey Nyland
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Otto, , Key Biscayne, FL
Thu Aug 20, 2009
Hi Carlota,

I am a photographer and I just want to comment on the real estate photography part. Realtors almost all of the time hire professional photographers to take pictures of the properties. It is not easy to take nice, good looking pictures of homes, especially if you want to show the house from the air. What you don't want is a realtor running around with a cheap pocket "point and shoot" camera taking pictures. It is usually an indication of the quality of their service.

Good luck!
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Wed Jan 28, 2009
I understand your frustration. Selecting the right Realtor is a great next step. I am not quite sure how valid "real estate photography" is...meaning that they can take the pictures. However, I DO think that you should look at examples of their work. In my case, I HIRE a professional photographer. Would you be okay with that?

In Keller Williams referrals in an office go to the top Associates within that office. If you would like a referral contact me via my profile and I will be happy to arrange for you to interview a top Realtor.

Best of luck to you!
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Hiring a Realtor is like finding the right attorney, family doctor or dentist....
You select the one you are most comfortable with, you trust and who is open, honest and straighforward with you as far as the value of your home, time on market etc. is concerned. Ask all your questions and make sure you get all the answers...
I could provide you with a few names of agents in your area you could contact, talk with on the phone first and then have them come and see your home and hopefully you will like them and work with one of them.

If you like me to do so please send me your e-mail address and I will provide you with their names, e-mail, phone number and you should be in very good hands with either one of them.

Send me your e-mail address and the address of your property, so that the agent for sure knows your neighborhood well, and as soon as I get your e-mail address I forward these Realtors' names to you.

Take care and good luck on the sale.
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Lori Rossi, Agent, Warwick, RI
Wed Jan 28, 2009

Looks like everyone is in agreement that you should interview at least 2-3 top agents in your area. If you would like, I could refer a local professional to contact you and set up an interview. Coldwell Banker offers a comepetive market plan, along with a professional photographer to take photos and virtual tour of you home. Let me know if you would like assistance, I will be happy to help. Good luck with the sale of your home!

Lori Rossi
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Val Davisson…, Agent, Incline Village, NV
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Hi Carlota 01,
Well, I certainly give you credit for trying to market your home yourselves, but frankly, FSBO's are tough even in a healthy real estate market. In the current climate it is next to impossible. Supply of homes is off the charts in most areas and the pool of qualified buyers is pretty shallow. Add to that, the buyers that are out there are looking for a screaming deal. You need someone to get your home the most exposure possible,
assist you in positioning it properly in the market place, and then help you negotiate when an offer does come in.

One thing I might suggest is take a few afternoons and go visit some open houses in your area. Observe the
agent who is holding the open house. Engage them in a dialogue and ask their opinions about the local market. Can they communicate with you about specific stats and trends? Do they engage effectively with other visitors? Do they offer related selling materials, such as lists of lenders, current interest rates, home inspectors, stagers, brochures from their other listings? Afterwards, consider which Realtors you felt were
the most effective, which ones had the most knowledge and who did you feel you could work with comfortably, because selling your home will be a collaborative effort by the both of you.

Finally, invite your top 2 or 3 choices to your home and let them give you an evaluation of their opinion of
how to successfully get your home sold.

Good Luck!
Janet O'Donnell
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Josh Thomas, , Austin, TX
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Hi Carlota,
We have spoken a couple of times I believe, about your house in NW Hills. I'm sorry you didn't have any luck with the discount listing service. I had a feeling it was not going to work out, though.

Sandy has the right idea about contacting a few Realtors and figuring out which one is the best fit for your needs. If you don't have anyone in your personal network who can make a referral, then you can try asking your neighbors or going to your nearest RE/MAX office. :)

Either way, let me know if I can help.

Good Luck!
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Sandy Hewett,…, , Dallas, TX
Wed Jan 28, 2009
The best way to look for a realtor is to interview 2-3 Realtors. First I would see who sells the most in your neighborhood. This may not be the person you hire as often they reduce the price for more sales or become complacent in their marketing. You need to ask questions on pricing, comps, experience, the marketing they do, etc. Let them know when you wish to move and taylor the marketing toward your needs and timelines. Perhaps ask a friend or family memeber who they used to sell their home. Also, I have a Realtor network and with over 10 years of experience will be happy to screen some realtors and make a referral from my company. Keller Williams is huge in your area and with the right Realtor, Keller Williams' national exposure and aggressive forms of marketing you should have maximum exposure and a successful sale. Just give me a call.
Web Reference:  http://www.sandyhewett.com
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