When you’re selling your home, choosing the right real estate agent is one of the most important parts of the process. A great real estate agent can help you sell your home quickly, profitably, and with as little stress as possible—while a not-so-great agent can make the process longer and more frustrating than it needs to be.
So, what’s the key to making sure that you choose the right agent for your home sale? Asking the right questions.
A recent article from realtor.com outlined key questions sellers should ask before choosing a real estate agent, including:
- How did you determine the recommended list price? It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to have their own opinion on how much their house should be listed for, and it can often differ from the agent’s recommendation. A solid agent has considerable experience and insight into market values, and will be happy to explain in depth as to how they arrived at their recommendation.
- Will I be working directly with you? Many real estate agents work on their own, and perform every single task involved in the sale of a house. But other agents either work as a team, or have other assistants that may take on certain responsibilities. Neither is the “right” or “wrong” way to handle a transaction, but it’s important for you to know who you will be dealing with, and what to expect.
- What is your marketing plan? There are many ways to market a house and while all agents may do similar things, it’s important to know about any specific or different approaches the agent you are interviewing may employ to sell your house fast and for the most money.