Get a Real Estate Professional

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Bellevue

 

Before placing a home on the market you should also identify Real Estate Professionals in your community who can assist with the sale. NAR (National Association of Realtors) members must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics. By joining NAR, individuals have access to a wide range of classes, seminars and certification opportunities. Local Real Estate Professional groups are active in community matters, and individual members are routinely involved in PTAs and other neighborhood organizations.

In essence, local Real Estate Professionals are community experts. They track real estate trends, share neighborhood concerns and participate in local matters. They're good neighbors who are in the business of helping others buy and sell homes.

How do you choose a Real Estate Professional?
Whether you're a first-time seller or someone who has sold many homes, there are several ways to find a local Real Estate Professional:

· Get recommendations from past sellers.

· Look for Real Estate Professional signs in your community.

· Check the classifieds in local newspapers and "shopper" publications.

· Look at the listings in local real estate magazines.

: I am working with referrals only and thru active rain system.


In some cases, sellers elect to meet only with one Real Estate Professional while other owners elect to meet with several. Whatever your preference, there will be a number of questions you will want to ask, including:

 

What services do you offer?
What type of representation do you provide? (There are various forms of representation in different states. Some brokers represent buyers, some represent sellers, some facilitate transactions as a neutral party, and in some cases different salespeople in a single firm may represent different parties within a transaction.)

What experience do you have in my immediate area?
How long are homes in this neighborhood typically on the market? (Be aware that because all homes are unique, some will sell faster than others. Several factors can impact the amount of time a home remains on the market, including changing interest rates and local economic trends.)

How would you price my home?
Ask about recent home sales and comparable properties currently on the market. If you speak with several Real Estate Professionals and their price estimates differ, that's OK, but be sure to ask how their price opinions were determined and why they think your home would sell for a given value.

How will you market my home?
At listing presentations, brokers will provide a detailed summary of how they market homes, what marketing strategies have worked in the past and which marketing efforts may be effective for your home.

What is your fee?
Brokerage fees are established in the marketplace and not set by law or regulation. Typically, brokers who list homes are compensated on a performance basis - that is, the broker is not paid unless the home sells under the terms and conditions that are acceptable to you.

 

What happens if another Real Estate Professional locates a purchaser?

That is, who will that broker represent, and how will he or she be paid? What disclosures should you receive? State rules require brokers to provide extensive agency disclosure information, usually at the first sit-down meeting with an owner or buyer. How long do you want to list your home? A "listing" agreement is a contract that shows the broker's obligations and outlines the terms under which your home is being made available for sale. The length of the agreement is a negotiable matter.

What should you expect when working with a Real Estate Professional?
Once your home is listed with a Real Estate Professional, he or she will immediately begin to market your home according to the most appropriate conventions for your community.

 Real Estate Professional should keep you informed as the marketing process unfolds and as expressions of interest are received. In time, the marketing plan may be modified to reflect buyer reactions and changes in the marketplace.

 

If you have any questions, please give me a call

206.412.5741

Comments (1)

ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
You may want to meet with me about your blog post presentation skills :)
Aug 26, 2007 07:10 AM