After years of trying unsuccessfully to list my home on my own, I finally realized that I needed some serious help. I began looking for a great real estate agent who could help me out, and after interviewing a few professionals I found someone that was really in tune with what I needed. They sat down with me to talk about my needs and worked hard to help me to identify different homes that could work for my family. I wanted to make a blog all about selecting the perfect agent to work with during your house hunt. Check out this blog for great tips on choosing agents.
When you want to sell you home, having the right real estate agent can be the difference between multiple offers or your house languishing on the market for months. Thus, you should take your time and carefully select a real estate agent to help you sell you home. Unfortunately, many home sellers make a lot of mistakes when hiring a real estate agent. If you're selling your home in the near future, avoid the following common mistakes when hiring a real estate agent:
Automatically Hiring a Friend or Family Member
When you have a friend or family member who is a real estate agent, it is normal to want to support them. However, you should never automatically hire a real estate agent solely because he or she is a friend or family member. It is much better for you to consider a person's ability rather than hiring based on relationships. Only choose a friend or family member to be your real estate agent if he or she has a proven track record of successfully selling homes in your local market.
Not Asking for References
Hiring a real estate agent to sell your home typically requires signing a contract which gives the agent the listing for a set amount of time. If you discover that the real estate agent that you have hired is not a good match, you will be stuck with him or her until the contract expires. One way to prevent this is by asking a real estate agent that you're interested in hiring for references and testimonials from past clients. Speaking with past clients yourself can give you an idea of what to expect and will also provide insight into how a specific agent does business.
Neglecting to Ask About a Marketing Plan
A good real estate agent knows how to market a home properly so it can sell in a timely manner. No one wants to hire an agent who sticks a "For Sale" sign in the front yard and them waits for buyers to discover the listing. When interviewing potential real estate agents, always make sure that you ask them about their marketing plan and how they ensure that you will get showings and offers. A good home marketing plan often includes a comprehensive online listing, networking with buyer's agents, open houses for potential buyers or brokers, and a cost-analysis to properly price the home.