Don't make a bad mistake - Pick a Real Realtor
Why Picking The Right Realtor is Critical
How Do You Pick a Real Real Estate Agent?
A great Realtor can be an extremely valuable asset to your home sale, but only if that Realtor is doing his or her job right. Some Realtors, unfortunately, are more of the “post and pray” type, choosing to put up a sign, posting in the multiple listing service (MLS), and then forgetting about you. But for your Realtor to really get the job done, he or she needs to be out networking, getting the word out about your home and drawing in prospective buyers. You can easily spot the difference between a quality real estate agent and one who is more the post and pray type. A quality agent will have a strong online presence, including at least one website and blog, will create detailed descriptions of your home for listings, will use video tours and slide shows, and will communicate regularly with you throughout the entire sales process. Any agent that fails to meet these criteria is probably not someone you want helping you sell your valuable real estate.
There is probably no shortage of real estate agents in your town. While it is nice to have so many different choices, the fact is that 90% of these agents are not necessarily the best choice to help you sell your home. You want someone who is really good at their job, not someone who only works in half measures or is a part-time Realtor. This is why it is important that you ask the right questions when you are choosing your real estate agent. You want to interview a few agents using questions that really show what they are made of. You can ask how long they have been in real estate, if they have an assistant, and if they are confident using the internet to sell a home. The answers they give will tell you what you need to know.
Sometimes you may have a really good feeling about a Realtor at the beginning and hire the person. Or maybe you felt like you had no time to interview agents, so you just went with the first option that came along. Your decision may be a lucky one, and you may get a great agent. But probably not. There are some signs you can look for to help you determine the quality of your Realtor, and if you might need to get another one. Some signs you should be looking for in a low quality Real Estate agent include lack of confidence, failure to use all the resources available like the internet and many real estate portals worldwide, virtually no marketing plan than just listing on MLS, open house, flyers and agents in the same office, folding easily in negotiations, no communication, being disorganized, offering little advice, being too pushy, and appearing desperate.
When you go to sell your house, you naturally want to make as much money as you can from the sale. But what many home owners do not realize is that getting sale, and selling for a decent price, is not usually something that happens with no effort. It takes a lot of hard work and many years of experience, which is what a real estate agent is for. When you try to cut costs by going with a cheaper Realtor, you will probably damage your ability to sell your house – especially if you want it sold quickly and for a high dollar amount.
A highly experienced / skilled Realtor is where he or she is at for a reason. This person knows how to sell, and even if he or she would charge a higher commission, the work done by the Realtor more than makes up for the increased cost. You can go with a lower commission agent, but that agent will most probably not do what needs to be done to accomplish your sales goals and get you a great price on your home.
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