How to Choose A Selling REALTOR®

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How to Choose A Selling REALTOR®

Your REALTOR® is the person you count on to get your home sold, get you the best possible purchase price, and handle all of the details that go into selling a home. If you are selling for the first time and it’s been a while since you bought, you may be on the hunt for a new REALTOR® to handle the sale of your property. How do you choose? Take a few simple tips into account.

Selling Is Different From Buying

Although most REALTORS® handle both listings and help buyers find a home, they may have more experience at one or the other. Some REALTORS® are simply great at finding the right house for a potential buyer, while others are just really gifted when it comes to marketing a home well and getting it sold.

When selling your home, you want a REALTOR® who has plenty of sold listings under his or her belt, and who has a reputation for getting homes sold quickly and for a good price. Finding that person shouldn’t be too difficult with a little effort.

Reputation And Referrals

The first place to start is to ask for a few referrals. Look to people you know who have recently listed or sold their home in your area. You want a selling REALTOR® who knows your area and your market, so stick to people who are local if you can. You can also ask your insurance agent, mortgage broker or other similar industry professional for some referrals.

Once you have a list of referrals, take some time to see what their reputation is around town. You can use online services to read comments from other people who have used the company or the REALTOR® and get reviews for their services.


Interview Your REALTOR®

Before you hire a REALTOR® to handle your home selling job, meet with a few and ask them some questions. Find out what their track record is for selling homes—how fast they sell and how they handle marketing. Look for someone you get along with well and communicate with well, since you will have a close working relationship until your home is sold.

Choose the REALTOR® you feel has the best combination of experience, knowledge, and a personality you get along with. The bottom line is getting results and getting your home sold—but you also want someone you like and trust to handle such an important transaction for you.

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As an agent who’s an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It’s not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you:

Find Your Next Home

You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter – not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home.

Sell Your Home

When it’s time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics

Oftentimes buyers don’t visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience – which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that’s sold fast.

Comments (10)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, great post, and the best way to find a REALTOR is usually from a friend or family referral from someone who already had a great experience.

Feb 25, 2023 09:42 AM
Diana Dahlberg

So true @Joan Cox  in the past few years I have reach 95% repeat and referral business - we work hard in this business to build rapport with every connection - and it pays off!

Feb 25, 2023 10:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Diana and you nailed it with your blog and more people should see this one.  Can I reblog it?


Feb 25, 2023 09:47 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Of course Will Hamm -- I would be honored!  Thank you for your always positive and kind words!  Have a fabulous week my friend.

Feb 25, 2023 10:03 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Diana great tips on choosing the right agent! Over the years I've worked mainly 'by referral' and that has been the 'trusted route' for folks that call me or have used our service. You are the one I'd call with a referral in Kenosha WI because you not only have the expertise and knowledge but you also really care about your clients best interests!

Feb 25, 2023 10:12 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker You got it!

Feb 25, 2023 01:12 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker 

Like you, I also have reach the place in my professional real estate career that I am at 95% of my business is from repeat and referral business.  When we care about our client's needs they want us to do the same for their loved ones and associates!  Hope you have an awesome week!

Feb 25, 2023 10:48 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

That's it exactly!  They trust us completely and know we'll do whatever it takes to make things happen for them.

Feb 25, 2023 10:57 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Diana Dahlberg very valuable report for choosing a seller Realtor. Sellers need to contact you to sell their homes.

Feb 25, 2023 11:25 AM
Diana Dahlberg

And NOW would be the perfect time!  Our area is full of very motivated and ready, willing and able buyers -- but inventory is lacking sorely!  John Pusa Thank you for your kind words!

Feb 25, 2023 01:14 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Every agent on the way up should aspire to what you and Anna Banana have achieved - close to 100% referral business. That's the mark of a true professional.

Feb 25, 2023 12:16 PM
Diana Dahlberg

It has always been my goal to do very very best in everything I do.  Why?  Because whatever we do to help others is remembered and builds confidence in future engagement.  I can't imagine wanting to work in my business any other way!  It's hard work, but worth every minute and every new friendship! Thank you for your wise words. You are a true professional Marte Cliff 😀

Feb 25, 2023 01:17 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Diana Dahlberg. I just loved your post today. Great advice for any agent or broker to build their business on referrals. Like Anna Banana said, trust is a must in our business as it certainly helps build our relationships for more referrals. 

Feb 26, 2023 10:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Hello Jerry Newman ... and Referrals are the name of the game in our business!  i love repeat business and referrals!

Feb 27, 2023 03:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Great advice! What you say is absolutely true. Sometimes it is easy to just pick and choose without the interview but when it comes to picking the right agent to represent you in the purchase or sale of a home, both buyers and sellers need Diana Dahlberg 

Feb 26, 2023 05:47 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Awe thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ... If I was moving to Texas, you would be my agent.  We are two of a kind!  Like-minded Realtors make great partnerships!  Thank you for always leaving a positive and encouraging reply to my blogs.  You made my day again!

Feb 27, 2023 03:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

Mar 05, 2023 06:27 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Roy Kelley Always appreciate your positive and reinforcing comments.


And, Thank you for the reblog!

Mar 05, 2023 10:07 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I feel it is also important to chose an agent who is very familiar with the seller neighborhood--ideally that lives nearby--this should be considered with all the other factors

Mar 19, 2023 11:46 AM
Diana Dahlberg

It is important, I agree Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR ... who better to ask questions and get correct answers than someone who lives and breathes the city - neighborhood - county!  Thanks for visiting my blog! have a great weekend.

Mar 19, 2023 11:54 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Well written and spot on blog post - hope you have a wonderful week!

May 09, 2023 11:46 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks M.C. Dwyer I always appreciate positive affirmations.  Thank you!  Hope you also have a wonderful and productive week!

May 09, 2023 02:37 PM