Finding the right real estate agent is one of the first things you should do when you decide to sell your house. Their knowledge and experience can save you from costly delays and make the transaction less stressful.
Where should I look?
Ask family members and friends about their experiences with real estate agents in your area. Business colleagues are valuable resources if they’ve bought or sold a home recently. Their recommendations are good places to begin your research and will save you a bit of time.
My uncle is a real estate agent. Can’t I just have him help me?
Working with a relative or friend may seem like a great idea, but it can cause friction in your relationship. Once stress hits your relationship, it may not be so easy to recover from and move forward. Look for someone outside of your circle of friends who is a professional, full time real estate agent.
What kind of real estate agent do I choose?
Choose a real estate agent with experience selling your type of home. A real estate agent with knowledge about selling waterfront homes will know exactly how to market yours. There are unique things about selling a luxury home, and you’ll want someone who knows exactly how to bring in those potential buyers. Look for someone who is knowledgeable about the local area.
I found one I like. What now?
Once you’ve found a real estate agent that interests you, it’s time to set up an interview. You have a lot riding on the sale of your property, and you want someone who takes your needs seriously. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions and require straight forward answers. Ask about their recent sales and the types of homes they specialize in selling. Find out how often they’ve needed to reduce the price on homes being sold. Make sure they are familiar with the area. Finally, see how long homes they sell are usually on the market. You want someone who will market your home aggressively.
I called several times, but they haven’t returned my calls. Should I call again?
If you’ve reached out and have received no response, it’s time to move on to the next person on your list. Consider that if they won’t return your calls, they won’t be available for you during the times when you need them most. Communication is one of the keys to success. Be clear about your expectations in regards to how and when you’ll be contacted. If you require a text message every few days, make that clear. If you prefer to be contacted on when something needs your attention, let them know.
They promised to sell my house in 4 days. Isn’t that awesome?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if that happened? While anything is possible, promises like that are usually too good to be true. Look for a real estate agent that is honest about what you should expect when it comes to how long it will take to sell your house. You want someone with strong values and integrity to represent you during the home selling process.
Once I find an agent, I just let them handle everything?
While you have the final say on all decisions made during the home selling process, your real estate agent is there to represent you and work on your behalf. They will keep you informed about their marketing strategy and handle all the important paperwork. Look for an agent that stays up to date with current technology and real estate trends.
What if I decide they don’t meet my needs?
Should something happen that requires you to seek another real estate agent, you’ll need to know the exit policy. If you don’t feel like your real estate agent it meeting your needs, don’t be afraid to move on to another agent. Just make sure you follow the exit policy.
The best source of information about local communities and real estate topics is your real estate agent. Contact Yamel Ramirez Maynard at 818-732-1475 or Rob Maynard at 818-917-8060 to learn more about the area, to discuss selling your house, or to tour available homes for sale.