Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make, and working with the right realtor to market your home, is another important decision you will make to achieve the best possible benefit. Selling a home can be a stressful experience, and although you probably have been through the process before, every sale is different and the variables can change.
Your first task? Choosing the right realtor, one who makes the experience of selling your home as pleasant and seam-free as possible, and with as little inconvenience to you as possible.
SELECTING A REALTOR®
Here are just some things you should look for when selecting a real estate professional to assist you. Choose one:
works in and is familiar with your neighbourhood
works full time in the real estate business
keeps up with the latest market trends
is accessible through a pager and cell phone
works from an office that is open evenings and weekends to accept calls from prospective buyers
has high ethical standards, who is honest and who will put your interests first and foremost
is detail oriented in order to protect your interests
has the training, the know-how and experience in the negotiation process
helps you obtain the best possible price
you feel personally comfortable with, who is a professional, and in whom you can feel confidence and trust
listens carefully to what you say, and will respond to your specific needs
has experience …someone who will provide you with a full explanation of what to expect along the way
can provide all the services you may need during the course of the selling process
is fully computer literate to maximize the marketing of your home through various internet websites
provides a high degree of service, customized to meet your needd
will be available to assist you in every aspect of the sale and to answer any questions you have along the way
who is actively engaged on social media to further enhance the marketing of your home by bringing perpective buyers to his/her website to view your home
It’s important to have a realtor with whom you can feel comfortable, and who will make your real estate transaction as smooth and effortless as possible for you. The realtor’s job is to help their client reach their goals and satisfy their needs.
Your agent should
Return your phone calls promptly
Make themself available to you at every opportunity when you need them
Explain all paperwork and procedures carefully and thoroughly
Gather the information you need to feel comfortable in the decisions you make.
Be there every step of the way to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Look after your interests, first and foremost.
Prepare Comparative Market Analysis to establish fair market value
Prepare and sign listing contract
Place house listing on MLS Board, agent website, and numerous internet sites for easy accessibility to perspective buyers.
Place “For Sale” sign on property (if applicable)
Place lock box on property, if needed
Schedule property for Agent’s Open House
Place “Open House” ad in local paper
Arrange showings for other agents
Contact you regularly with verbal progress reports
Pre-qualify potential buyers
Present and discuss all offers on property with you
Negotiate the transaction with other agent and finalize the sales contract
Assure financing is in place
Confirm that all contingencies on sales contract are completed
Finalize the closing
Selling a home is so much more than placing a For Sale sign on the property and posting the listing on the MLS system. Finding an experienced, and knowledgable agent is crucial to a successful sale. An experienced real estate agent has a fiduciary responsibility to put your interests first and foremost.
Is your agent fulfilling all your needs and expectations?
I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.
When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who cares about you and your family, and who will listen to your needs, work together with you, and protecting your interests to achieve your objectives.