Pick another agent if you feel they haven't done a good job:
Sellers: Your agent should be willing to do open houses, print advertising, internet advertising and should already have a list of buyers to show the property to. This agent should have good communication skills and be honest enough to tell you things you might not want to hear. They should be very critical of your house, your asking price and your motivation to sell. Before you choose your agent, you should interview 3 to 5 agents based on referrals, searching on the internet or by going to open houses. Do not pick them by walking into an office. After all, just because they are in an office does not mean they are currently active in Real Estate. Personally, I know several agents that go to the office everyday but do not do any business.
Now, letâ€™s break down the qualifications to sell a home. How are the agents phone&communication skills, for example: did they answer their phone when you called or return your call promptly and did they show up for your interview or appointment on time? Printed advertising is best for open houses and can be valuable in our tourist areas. Internet advertising is critical. There is no excuse for not having a presence on the internet. Find out if they are on Trulia.com. If they are, you can actually lookup their profile and check out their answers to the consumers questions on their blog. Although this is not necessary, it does help you find out about the type of agent and person they are according to their answers and to what you are looking for. If they do not have their own website or buyers have to fill out a form to view listings on their websiteâ€¦do not use them. Let me explain: When they enter the data on your home into the MLS, it is syndicated to other websites, but that really is not enough. They should have it syndicated through their own website and also update the information on Craigâ€™s list, Kijiji and a number of other websites available to them. A lot of people may not pay much attention to the list of buyers, but this could be the most valuable asset a listing agent could have. When they show one of their houses or have an open house, they have the opportunity to get information on the buyers criteria for the home they are looking for, such as price range, number of bedrooms, location etc. Than when your home is listed, your agent can go through the list of buyers and see if it matches any of their criteria.