I run two offices for one of the most successful real estate companies in the country. While it may be difficult to answer your question, wholly, without in depth knowledge of your marketplace, let me see if I can point you in the right direction.
Additionally, I completely understand that this can be overwhelming for you since you have never sold a home before.
Allow me to address your questions in order. First, you ask, where do you find a REALTOR? Letâ€™s assume that you have no family or friends in the area that can give you an honest recommendation. Well, I would go to the first place you probably already went to explore your future destination of Florida. The web. The National Association of REALTORS tells us that over 86% of people beginning their search for property begin that search on the web. Put that to work for you by going online and putting in â€œHorseheads, NY Real Estateâ€ into a few search engines and see what comes back. After all, any potential buyer looking for real estate in your area will do the same thing. I actually just tried that for your area and came up with 3 companies that I would look into a little further. Also, weâ€™re seeing potential sellers visit agents at open houses posing as buyers to get a first hand view of how that agent will showcase their home. Of course, that is only one piece of the puzzle. Youâ€™ll want an agent who is extremely skilled at pricing trends and can provide you with an accurate market evaluation of your home. You agent must be someone who is authentic and can articulate their value in a presentation. After all, if they canâ€™t define their value proposition, how will they convey the value of your home to a potential buyer? You can google â€œquestions to ask a realtorâ€ but Iâ€™ll share with you the 10 questions that my agents are asked most.
1. What websites will my house be placed on?
2. How long of a listing contract do you require?
3. How often will my home be in the paper?
4. What is your commission?
5. Why canâ€™t we list it higher?
6. What happens if you bring your own buyer?
7. How many houses did you sell last year?
8. What happens if Iâ€™m unhappy a month into our agreement?
9. Can you help me find a REALTOR in ___________?
10. So and so will do it for less. How come you wonâ€™t?
Company size is important in my market as many of the smaller firms lack the resources that we have when it comes to negotiating contracts with the major advertising publications and real estate websites. Additionally, the larger companies tend to be nationally branded and have tie ins to relocation companies co broke networks and other services.
Cathy, I hope this helps you and wish you all the best in your pursuit of property in the Sunshine State.