When preparing to sell your home it is important to find a real estate professional that will best suit your needs. A warm handshake and a friendly smile is all well and good but if you want to sell your home pick a broker that is experienced and knowledgeable, someone that will do the best job for you. When selecting your real estate agent here are a few things to keep in mind:
Data. Get a prospective Realtor to bring in a copy of what they have listed and closed. They can present you with an MLS report that displays their inventory. In some markets, especially where secondary homes and investment properties are prevelant like Gatlinburg, email is how you'll receive most documents and information so make sure your agent is proficient with technology.
Price. Get an evaluation of your property. A solid real estate professional will be able to detail what has been selling and for what price. He will be able to evaluate your home and your location, giving you a value for your home that will help sell it not deter people from looking at it. The experienced agents at Century 21 Four Seasons can easily give you all the information you need to select the best price.
Plan. What does your Realtor plan to do for you in terms of marketing, sales, listing, etc. Make sure he has a plan for your house and find out what he is willing to do to get it sold for you. Each agent at our offices has a detailed market plan that they will present to you for your approval.
Real estate is often a person's most valuable asset. Do your legwork and choose the best broker for your home. He or she should be a salesperson. If they can sell themselves to you perhaps they are halfway to selling your home for you as well.