Breathe! Relax...Is your house ready for listing? !!!
That is the first thing you should tackle. Freshly painted or recently painted. Repairs done. How does staging look ..have you de-cluttered. . Then start at the street, go around the house, look for things you may have missed, then inside - room by room..jot notes on a yellow pad. NOW - would you buy your house?
Assuming you have done at that...start your interviewing process. Having questions ready for the Realtors.
Take notes of their answers. However I think, the best Realtor is one who is referred by a friend or co-worker - one who sold their house and did a good job.
Selling a home, and the success of it depends on many factors: price, location, condition, marketing and motivated Agent and ...presentation.
Once you get a list of Realtors referred by friends or co-workers, then interview three or four. Take your time lining the names up and don't forget to ASK and make a task of it. Once you meet with the agents look for signs... did they bring a listing presentation of their marketing plan, did they bring comparables (like kind SOLDS), were they on time, do they seem energetic-highly motivtated..are they dressed in professional attire....watch and listen.
If they go to the table to fill out listing forms...instead of walking through and viewing the property first. giving suggestions..or making comments..----forget them! Never sign on the spot..sleep on it.. and make your decision the next day.
Keep a notebook of your listing journey after you have signed with your choice of Realtors- ask for copies of ads, what magazines will be advertised in, open houses, what internet sites, keep your listing papers in this notebook..and make sure you understand those documents before you sign them. The Realtor should read through those listing documents with you ,so you do. You can keep copies of your emails to and from your agent, and reflect on those emails ..if there is a difference of opinion in the future. Always remember ,you are the boss..and never be shy to ask for "action" throughout any lulls in your listing period. If the Realtor feels a reduction in price is in order, make sure the Realtor brings up to date comps to support that move.
I would also suggest once you get an offer have your Realtor insert the clause "that your family will have 3 days to vacate after closing...remember that --it can be a lifesaver. I have seen and heard of situations where
sellers have moved out in preparation for closing and the sale falls through at the last minute because of a buyer problem. Protect yourself from that possible nightmare.
Here is a situation for example of a sale fall through -- and this happened in one of my deals. I was representing a buyer, the house was vacant. The buyer "during mortgage processing" decides to take her family to a family reunion abroad and pays for it. The mortgage company again check the buyers credit just before closing - sees the hefty credit card charge..and the buyer dis-qualifies herself from the mortgage--Sale fell through!
I love "Trulia" it is and glad you posted here. Invaluable info for the buying and selling public. People would be surprised how many great sites there are including threads to help others in Real Estate...across the country.
I am "Real Estate Lady" on the HGTV Boards...this also would great site for you to learn more about real estate in your endeavor to sell. You'll see great tips and gain knowledge as here. You can post question as you have here. Other Realtors from across the country and myself have been on HGTV message boards helping others...for years...as we also do on TRULIA! Good sound free advice - what more could you ask for !
Good luck to you...
Phyllis Crosby, Realtor GRI
"Real Estate Lady"
ReMax Realtec Group
Tampa Bay, Florida
30 Years Experience in selling Florida Real Estate!