San Jose Home Owner,
Your question is the one every real estate agent dreams of every night! It is the substance of sugar plums, the hope some one will call upon our skill and resources to help in selling their home. That's a cause for the 'Happy Dance."
Now, it is important you keep your communication free of 'real-estate-eese' and state you question just as you did here, "How much is my home worth?" Don't ask for a Comparative Market Analysis, or Value Estimation, a BPO or ANY product name an agent offers. All of these imply an awareness that allow an agent to skip a few steps. Let the agents you speak with start from ground zero. This is important as I will point out later.
As Abu and Don pointed out, explaining the price and time-to-sell relationship is crucial when your motivation to sell is understood. This really isn't rocket science, however, choosing to operate outside of parameter of the data presented means wishing is more desired than selling. It is choosing to defy the market and rely on magic.
Then there are those long lists of things to check off regarding who is the best agent to select. The list I compile to present to you will have CRITICAL data which I know I will be the only one who can qualify! Image that!
in the end there are four perhaps five things that matter to you. It is the agent who addresses these issues without you having to ask, whom you will choose. They are not on those agent lists, but most certainly on the list you've created but don't know you have...and you most certainly DO have a list!
When selecting the agent to help you sell your home, through all the singing and dancing you are wanting to hear the answer to these five questions you have about Annette Lawrence.(example)
1. Does Annette know what she is doing?
2. Can I trust Annette?
3. Does Annette have my best interests at heart?
4. Will Annette have my back?
5. Does Annette have the resources I need?
The agent who satisfies these questions is the one you will work with, the one you know you can trust, the one who created trust by listening to your needs. All the other stuff is a song and dance. Now, compare this list to all those exhaustive lists and it is easy to spot the positioning.
Now, why is getting everyone to start at ground zero important? It gives them opportunity to demonstrate their interest in you....NOT THEIR POWER POINT PRESENTATION. If the agent does not recognize it is all about you and the needs you have, the challenges you will face, the obstacles that lie ahead, your goals, from the very start, by the time your realize this disconnect....your 'happy dance' will have devolved into unpleasant co-existence.
As you know, magic does not happen. 60% of the resources agents us we all share in common. Therefore is it important to look for a coherent strategy for selling your home. Your situation and your home will dictate the strategy. If the person sitting across the table from you fails to communicate the difference between a marketing plan and a strategy...you will, unfortunately, need to rely on a little magic.
So, search Trulia for a few San Jose agents, cruise your neighborhood streets and write down the name and numbers on the For Sale signs and call your local ReMax broker. This is an important decision. However, this is a great time to trust your instincts, your intuition.
Hey, if you moving to Florida....I'll keep the light on for you.
Wishing you the greatest success in selling your San Jose home.
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
727. 420. 4041