does it make a difference which real estate i choose to sell my house?

Asked by Jadna, 92530 Wed Jan 19, 2011

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Jason Baez, Agent, Norfolk, VA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Simple answer-yes! Browse the profiles of several agents and do phone interviews. Go with the agent that best suits your needs and you "click" with.
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Roger &…, , Lake Elsinore, CA
Wed May 25, 2011
Yes, You need to Interview at least three agents. Being confortable with your agent is a major concern as they will be selling something that is very precious to you. Look for someone that lists and sells a lot of homes in Lake Elsinore. Thank You Roger & Sheila Tarbell Corona
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Grace Hudson, Agent, Canyon Lake, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Wow now that's a loaded question :-))
I would have to agree with the Agents below and not just because they are Real Estate Agents. There are many people who get into this business for all of the wrong reasons, for example many people get into our business with the main focus on making a lot of easy money. The main goal, in my opinion, is the client and their needs. The paycheck comes after you do a good job and see it through, not before. This is just the beginning of interviewing your Agent. You also want to make sure that the Agent you choose has specific knowledge of your needs. Do you need to do a Short Sale? If so you want to make sure that your Agent has very solid knowledge in Short Sales or you may end up in Foreclosure. Yes, your Agent can make a huge difference between losing your house to Foreclosure or successfully closing on a Short Sale. Huge responsibility for Real Estate Agents now so no easy big money anymore. Some of the best credentials for a Short Sale Agent to have is a CDPE designation. If it is a regular sale you also want a very knowledgeable Agent as well. If your home isn't priced properly you lose money. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me. Good Luck!!
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Wed May 25, 2011
Dear Jadna,
I think it does make a difference who you would choose to do anything. There is a difference in the way a company does business (policies,prochedures,services offered, agent requriements etc). Some companies have a reputation to protect , others....not so much. Some companies have a strong internet presence which will help you sell your home (see http://www.camoves.com)..so in a nutshell, yes. Interview the different brokerages and choose based upon what they can offer you.
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Ryan Smith, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Tue May 17, 2011
Hello Jadna, I'm curious to know...who did you choose to list your home? What was the deciding factor?
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Jesse Sierra, Agent, Pomona, CA
Sun Jan 23, 2011
Hi Jadna,

It all boils down to service. Compare services, some agents just list your home on a MLS and that's about it. Other agents will pay for a customized website with your home address as a URL, pay a photographer to photograph your home with a wide angle lens and have the photographs enhanced to make them stand out. Interview Realtors® and see who provides better marketing services.

Best regards,

Jes Sierra, B.Sc.
Realtor®


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Ryan Smith, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Sat Jan 22, 2011
As in any profession their are some that are better than others. Look for referrals from people you trust and interview a few REALTORS in your area.

Good Luck!
Chris Blasic
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Elise Timpe, Agent, Corona, CA
Sat Jan 22, 2011
Yes. For the first phase of the sale, you need someone with excellent marketing skills who knows how to market to the most likely buyers AND buyer agents for your home. But that's just the beginning.

Once you get an offer, your agent needs the experience to head off possible problems and know how to successfully coordinate and problem solve with a whole team of people. The successful sale will be dependent, first, on determining that the buyer can actually get a loan. Surprisingly, that is the main reason sales fail to be completed...the loan officer miscalculates the credit worthiness of the buyer. A good agent will know how to deal with this up front as well as how to coordinate all the other details necessary to have a successful escrow and sale. This comes only with experience.

Bottom line....choose an agent who has been in the business for at least a few years, has a solid marketing plan and with whom you feel comfortable and confident.
Web Reference:  http://coronasbesthomes.com
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Daneen Jacqu…, Agent, Rapid City, SD
Wed Jan 19, 2011
The first thing you should do is interview a few agents and look at what they have to offer for what they charge for a commission.. Being comfortable with your agent is very important because you need to be able to work together as a team to get your home sold. Make sure you are going to be happy with the advertising they will provide. I wish you the best of luck.

Daneen Jacquot, Broker/owner
South Dakota Real Estate Company
1211 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City SD 57701
605-484-7832
605-342-1810
Web Reference:  http://www.daneenjacquot.com
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Harold Sharpe, Agent, LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Yes it makes a difference. I would make sure you feel comfortable in dealing with the agent, ease of communication, and gut instinct. Then asking the agent to put in writing to be able to opt out of the contract at any time prior to being under contract with a buyer. A guarantee of sale price or reduction of commission puts many agents in a position where they can put their money where your property is. Some agents can go so far as to say If I can't sell your property in 3 months I will sell it for free saving you commission money. Some install a sign, put it in the MLS,and advertise all over the internet trying to sell your property. Some will get your home sold at the price you want. Some can sell your property even if you are upside down in loans, - Short Sales. Some agents have a great deal of training and designations. Some agents actually answer their phone like when a buyer calls. Some agents will represent you and your best interests. Some agents have been doing Real Estate for a long time. Some agents work full time. Some agents are actually Real Estate Brokers showing more time, knowledge, and responsibility in their profession. Some savvy sellers make sure their agent wont double end a deal. The difference is huge. The amount of responsibility is as well.

I wish you the best in your Real Estate transaction

Harold Sharpe
So Cal Homes Realty
951 821 8211
Harold@socalhomesrealestate.com
http://www.lakeelsinorehomes.info
Ca Department of Real Estate Broker License 01312992
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Alan Grizzle, Agent, Dahlonega, GA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
That is like asking if it matters who you choose to be pitcher on your baseball teem or does it matter who you choose to be quarterback for your football team.
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Liane Thomas, Agent, Corona, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
You really need to interview a few successful REALTORS in your area, ask them for proof they are successful at selling homes, ask them how they are going to market your home, and ask them if they work real estate full time. Experience makes all the difference. You want someone who is excellent at marketing your home, because that means a fast sale at top dollar for you.
If you are in a short sale situation, same questions apply. You need a full time agent who can take calls from your bank at any hour of the day, an agent who has successfully helped other underwater homeowners, and who can get an offer fast so the sale happens before the foreclosure.
Remember to ask for references of past happy clients. Good Luck!
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Roger &…, , Lake Elsinore, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Yes!! You should check out at least three different Realtors. Your Realtor should know the latest regarding short sales if you need to go that route. Check to see who is selling in Lake Elsinore, look at their web-site, marketing. Are they full time Realtors? Are they located in the area and know what the market is doing in your area. Roger & Sheila sell a lot of homes in the Lake Elsinore area and live in the area.

Sheila 909-287-4262 Roger 909-771-8960
E-Mail: sheilabjorklund@tarbell.com
http://www.roger-sheila.listingbook.com
Web Reference:  http://www.rb4newhomes.com
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Sergio Herna…, , Naples, FL
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Just like selecting the right doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc., selecting the right Realtor can make all the difference in the world.
Web Reference:  http://www.golftobeach.com
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Wed Jan 19, 2011
you've gotten good advice so far, and there is really nothing to add - but.....

if all else fails----- just put the names (of agents) in a hat.......... and pick one!

(yes, I AM kidding, but thought I'd interject some humor on a cold, cloudy winter day in NJ!!)

Jadna - Good luck to you in selling your home!
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Michael Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Absolutely. Every real estate market, agent, brokerage firm, or neighborhood is different. While you can ask around for referrals on a strong agent or brokerage firm, you'll need to make a personal decision on whether you like working with that agent or firm. As for the right market or neighborhood, those are less under your control. What you can do is to understand exactly how your house compares to the neighborhood and see if the timing is right for you. The market will continue to offer different prices as time passes, so you just need to understand whether you can or should sell at any given moment.
Web Reference:  http://www.archershomes.com
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Jory Blake, Agent, Norco, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Hi Jadna-
It is wise to interview 3 FULL TIME agents to determine the right "fit" for you and your goals.Personality , character and integrity are hugely important as you will be working as a team. You may want to request references of current past clients, sales history in the last 12 months , distance between your home and their office / residence as well as specific experience representing "standard" sellers. If you happen to need a "short sale" , you will want to know the volume of short sales they have close within the last 12 months.

I'm honored to assist if needed...


Jory Blake
Keller Williams Realty of Riverside County
951.742.3751

Please
Web Reference:  http://www.theJORYgroup.com
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Jadna,

The following is offering with the admonition that we are not in your area so we are not vying for your business...

The short answer is absolutely. The old days of sticking something on the market and waiting for over-ask, non-contingent offers are over. In this market choosing the wrong agent can cost you money and/or the sale of your house.

Sellers need to understand that the way buyers look for property has changed, and sellers need to have an agent/broker who prepares the listing cognizant of that reality.

Marketing Remarks: Do they speak to the kind of buyer who might purchase the house? For example, if it's the kind of property that older people will most likely buy they should be tailored to them.

Photos: We see so many listings with no photos or bad photos. Your agent/broker should either have professionals taking the pictures or have the equipment and skills to portray your property in the best light. Additionally, real estate photos require very wide angle lenses so potential buyers can see the entire room. And you can't replace natural sunlight with software. When we have a listing we frequently go back 2 or three times so we can have sunlight streaming in all rooms possible.

Marketing Campaign: Your agent/broker should have a comprehensive marketing campaign that includes a lot more than listing it on the MLS. It should be listed on all appropriate websites, email flyers going out to all agents/brokers in your area, high-quality fliers, a website for your property with sign riders so people driving by can look it up, etc....

Open Houses/Showings: Is the agent/broker you hired going to show the property/stand the open houses, or will it be some rookie who is looking for buyer clients and doesn't really care if your house sells. Has your agent/broker developed a key selling points list including local attractions, restaurants, venues, etc... to help sell your property.

Skill/Experience: How many houses has your agent/broker sold lately? What kind of negotiation skills do they have.

These are only a few of the things you should be considering. I would interview several brokers and if you don't find the right one, interview more. Pricing the property is also key - make sure their strategy is sound.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
lance@fixedrateproperties.com
415.722.5549
DRE# 01384425
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Yes, not all agents are created equal.....therefore consider interviewing a few agents, or as many as needed, from different realty companies and then choose the one you like best and who has the most to offer--ask what marketing strategies will be implemented; what plans will be put in place to coordinate meetings with buyers; what feedback (communication) can you expect and with what frequency; will data be supplied to help establish a fair and marketable asking price; will buyers be pre-screened and required to have mortgage pre-approvals when submitting offers; what other services does the agency offer, if any, etc. Choose your agent with care.
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