How To Select A Great Real Estate Agent
When you've made the choice to sell your home it's important to start the search for a qualified REALTOR®. This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, so spend some time finding a qualified agent who brings the qualities you are looking for and more. Don't rush through this, even though it might be somewhat tempting. Getting the right agent will make the process a smooth one, and put as much money as is possible into your bank account.
A good place to start is by figuring out which websites online are providing you with the most amount of relevant information. At Living In Vancity.com we pride ourselves on keeping our website as open as possible within the restrictions of any real estate board regulations. We provide our clients with as much information as possible to help them make a truly informed decision at every stage of the process. Our expertise and experience will guide you through the process and assist you in make the best decision possible for yourself and your family.
Pick a few agents who catch your eye and sit down with them, asking them specifics on what they would do to sell your property. What sort of ways do they market themselves and their clients homes, how much time do they have for open houses each weekend, and how much time do they devote to each sale that goes through their portfolio. Are current market conditions favourable to a quick sale? Does the agent have a large portfolio of listings, and if so what can she/he do to make sure your home gets the attention it deserves. Does the REALTOR® specialize in your segment of the market? Is he/she familiar with your neighbourhood? There are plenty of questions you can ask, and always make sure to note each response so you can look over it afterwards.
Make sure to ask each agent for a comprehensive comparitive market analysis, this will give you an idea of what you should expect your home to sell for. Going with the biggest asking price might look best on the surface, but you need to make sure you don't price yourself out of the current market conditions. There are many variables to look when selling a home, including time constraints and conditions of the sale. A good real estate agent will always make sure to ask you a number of relevant questions as well. A dedicated REALTOR® will want to know why you have made the choice to sell your home and what time frame you are expecting it to be sold in. While some people find this uncomfortable to talk about, it's important that your real estate agent is familiar with any pertinent personal financial details which could affect the transaction. After explaining the selling process thoroughly, an experienced agent will give you some helpful hints on things you can do around the property to improve it's appearance to prospective buyers.
Like all relationships in life, sometimes you just click. Whether it's from previous e-mail conversations or the fact that the agent is within your age demographic, you just get a sense that they will be a professional, ethical and client focused person to deal with. That's what I strive to bring to the table for all of my clients. I've had a successful sales/client management career for over 15 years now. Clients are the life blood of every REALTORS® business and should be treated as such. But always make sure to take the appropriate amount of time to make sure your questions are answered, and you are working with someone who can help you achieve your goals is the least stressful, most profitable way possible.