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All great answers and good advice. Hiring a Real Estate agent to sell your home is akin to hiring for a position in many other industries. Develop a series of questions (What is your success rate, How will you advertise my home, What can I expect as far as updates, What does your Brokerage provide, etc) that you can gather answers from several agents so you can intelligently contrast and choose the agent that will best represent you in your needs. Many people are hired in various industries via the referral process and Real Estate operates exactly the same. Ask your friends and family in the area who have successfully sold their homes who they recommend and learn about the short comings and pitfalls they experience while selling their home. If you're the first of your friends and family to sell a home, than rest assured they will be asking you for a recommendation when their time comes.
Unlike hiring in other industries, however, you are entrusting an individual (and associated Broker) to represent you in selling your home for the best price and meet the terms you've set forth for the sale of your property. Homes are likely the highest dollar value item we will own in a lifetime and obviously carry along with them emotional and sentimental value. It is not easy selling your home because there are so many memories created there. Your Realtor should understand this fact and be cognizant that selling is not always easy.
Lastly, you really want an agent who is knowledgeable in your area and can effectively demonstrate a marketing strategy that will ensure your home doesn't linger on the market longer than needed. Many agents rely on simply the MLS to market and figure their job is done until closing once they have successfully listed your property there. Digital media is only one method of marketing, although it is overshadowing physical media at an alarming rate. Make sure your agent shows you what is written about your property and the photos they've posted. Their listing should effectively market your home and agree with what he/she has contracted to do. Insist on good pictures! The first showing of your home, or any home for that matter, is on the internet. Good pictures make the difference between an actual showing and a potential Buyer bypassing your property for a better photographed one.
I hope this helps and Good Luck in listing your home. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
Caleb J. Van Dyken
Call me or we can meet at my office to talk about referring you to the most qualified Real Estate Broker / Agent in your area. We are a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of The World (The largest Relocation Network).
Gene Platt REALTORÂ®
When a Realtor is hired, a partnership is formed, a "temporary" marriage of sort...
Mere number of closings might not be enough; how you both will work together, in harmony, exchange of information and feedback, etc. may be as important......
Meir Aloni & Team
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
RECS (Real Estate Cyberspace Society)
Successfully selling Broward County since 1986!
Direct phone# 954-338-5220
All Star Realty Inc.