Hiring a real estate agent is the first step in selling your home. Over the past few years, real estate agents, like waiters in a popular restaurant, have simply been order takers. No experience necessary . . . just write down what the customers want and serve it up. The market would eventually bring some sort of buyer, but at what cost to you?
You entrust your real estate agent to handle one of the biggest decisions in your life. Now more than ever before, you need an agent that has a complete arsenal readily available:
Experience & Expertise.
Hiring an agent with less than 10 years experience costs you money and hiring an agent that simply puts your property on the MLS and handles your negotiations with no expertise will cost you dearly. It’s time to get down to some serious business when choosing an agent to market what is often your largest financial possession. Let us show you the documented difference in our sales over others.
In the mean time, make sure you ask the following questions before hiring a real estate agent:
• Are you a full-time or part-time agent?
• What is the average number of days your listings are on the market before they sell?
• How many homes have you (not the team you’re on) sold in the last 12 months?
• Will you service our listing personally or will we be working with your assistants?
• How many sellers and buyers are you currently representing?
• What is your internet marketing program?
• What is your policy on responding to phone calls, emails and texts?
• Do you have a relocation or transfer department?
• Do you have any references or testimonials?
• Do you have an aggressive, proactive advertising and marketing program? Explain it.
• Do you guarantee your services in writing?
• To protect my interests, what specific real estate educational designations have you achieved beyond basic licensing?
• Do you have an in-house professional staff to assist with files?