Where To Find A Realtor
When you are selling real estate, it can be difficult to find a Realtor you trust. It can be a process fraught with peril. The wise property seller, though, knows that random chance and market forces need not dictate the price they get. He or she understands that a little bit of foresight, planning, and education can steer a deal away from potential pitfalls and maximize profits.
The saying goes that "20% of the real estate agents
do 80% of the business," and it is true!
Realtors® belong to the National Association of Realtors and pledge to follow the Code of Ethics, a comprehensive list containing 17 articles and underlying standards of practice, which establish levels of conduct that are higher than ordinary business practices or those required by law. Less than half of all licensees are Realtors®.
Ask Your Friends and Family.
Most real estate agents stay in business because satisfied clients refer them to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Also, if you have ever worked with an Agent to buy or sell property and you liked them, they probably have you on their mailing list to remind you that they are still in the business.
The hardest part about searching online is that you are going by the REALTOR's website and they are the ones who write all the wonderful content about themselves. They also can PAY to be in a directory which, again, says nothing about their ability and responsibilities during a real estate transaction. Google can give you all the information you desire, however, it is never easy to know if you should believe what you see!
Attend Open Houses
This can be one area to find a REALTOR, however, the open house Agents are doing two things:
1) Trying to sell the home they are showing
2) Getting visitors to sign in so they can start marketing to them.
If you sign in at an Open House, you can be sure you will have a phone call by the next day. If you do attend Open Houses be sure to watch to see if the Agent is polite and informative; and appears knowledgeable? Do they hand out professional-looking promotional material about the home? Are they trying to sell features of the home? Or are they just sitting in a corner reading a book, and ignoring you?
When it comes down to time to Find Your Realtor, be sure to interview them personally. Find out what they do differently than the other 3 agents you will interview. Go with your gut, too. If this person has a good reputation and provides all the right answers, cancel your other interviews and get started Selling Your Property! Bring your own list of questions because most Agents actually bring their own set of questions that they have refined the answers to.
Neighborhood For Sale Signs
When you are scouting the neighborhoods, look to see whose name is on the sign. You may want more information from the sellers like how long the property has been listed, have they had to drop the price, does the agent communicate well? These answers will speak volumes about the REALTOR.
Lots of homeowners are selling their homes by themselves. This is known as FSBO. The real estate mareket has low inventory and interest rates still remain low, so this might be an option. However, the National Association of REALTORs and Inman reports that less than 10% of FSBO properties are actually sold by the home owner. Most end up with a REALTOR anyway.
Investigate Your REALTOR.
It's important to find out what an Agent's reputation is like. Their office staff will certainly not give you anything but positive reviews, so you need to look elsewhere. REALTORs do a lot of online marketing. Find Agents who post regularly, who provide great information and have lots of followers. People don't follow someone just because they are local. That person must be providing something these followers like.
Real estate agents market themselves by writing e-books on a real estate topics for buyers and sellers. Download their e-book from their website to see how they look on paper. See if they have a Marketing Strategy that suits your house. Selling your home is not a one size plan fits all type deal. The e-book is should have helpful content for readers and establish the agent as an authority. They should also have one the tells you what their Process is for the Real Estate Transaction.
NOTE: When selling your home, it is crucial to keep your private information to yourself. If you are moving for your job or can no longer afford your mortgage, you do not want to share this information with the buyers. This is an open door for them to try to lower the overall price of your home. If the buyer senses that there is urgency in your sale, they will try to negotiate more than they would have otherwise. However, you can, and should be honest about your home without having to provice life specifics.
These are just a few of the ways well-prepared sellers can Find a REALTOR more easily and to get the most out of the property they put on the real estate market. Knowledge is a powerful thing, and knowing the ins and outs of the real estate selling process ahead of time usually translates into higher prices, higher profits and easier sales.
If you have any qeustions about myself or any real estate related questions, I am happy to answer them for you. The better I do my job ahead of time, the more likely you are to choose me for your Agent!
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