Are you getting ready to sell your house? Unless you are going to sell your house yourself, you will want a real estate agent. Based on our experience working with many agents we have 7 tips for finding a great real estate agent that is right for you.
7 Tips for Finding a Great Real Estate Agent
The first agent we invited to our house was young and very tuned in to the new real estate marketing technology. That to us was a good trait to have: Ability to use the internet to sell our house. He had an iPad slide show that outlined how he would market the house to other real estate agents and prospective home buyers.
Another of the 7 tips for finding a great real estate agent is likeability. We liked this young man right off. You might want to like the agent. You will spend considerable time with an agent either viewing properties or talking about the selling process. It helps if you get along.
A third trait is experience. Does the agent know your area: the schools, the shopping, and the walking areas, and the neighborhood in general? If he/she does not know the area, how can they convince buyers to move here? Experience also means have they been selling or listing homes in your area? How long have they been in the real estate business? Youth and exuberance are wonderful, but experience may trump all. You decide when you interview agents.
A fourth trait to look for is availability. We interviewed an agent who suggested putting the house up for sale by the first week in December to take advantage of lack of supply during the holiday season. One problem, he would be on vacation until after the first of the year, but his assistant could reliably handle everything in his absence. Maybe he could, maybe not. We decided not.
7 tips for finding a great real estate agent includes Availability by phone. Nothing can be more frustrating than not being able to reach your agent with important questions. The agent should be available by phone, text, and email. By the way, that does not mean that your agent should be available at all hours of the day or night. It means your agent calls you back within a reasonable period.
A proven track record and happy clients. Ask for references. Give those sellers and buyers a call. We found an agent who was positive, told us to sell in the first week of December, suggested a price based on comparisons in our neighborhood, told us that staging the house was very important, and had professional photos taken. Our agent was right. The house sold in two days for more than we were asking. Job well done!
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I am Christian Dunlap and my company, ChristianBuysHouses.com, buys houses all across Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth.
Give me a call today at 757-705-8812, and I will do my best to provide you with the fastest and fairest home selling solution you need.