How to Hire the Best Agent for the Job
It’s hard work to sell a house on your own. Take a drive around the neighborhood and pay attention to how many “For Sale By Owner” signs you see and just how long those houses have been waiting for new owners. A licensed real-estate agent has the skills, know-how and connections to help you sell your house quickly. Make note: Not all agents are the same. Here’s how to hire the best agent for the job:
According to Ron Phipps, a broker with Phipps Realty in Rhode Island, finding an effective broker is essential to the buying and selling process. Who knows your neighborhood better than a local agent? Look for agencies in your area and get word-of-mouth recommendations. Find people that have recently sold their homes and ask which agent they used. A local agent will have a leg up when it comes to knowledge about the real-estate market in your region.
Once you have a short list of agents selected, start scouring the Internet. Look for reviews about the agency and the specific agent. The first thing to look for is a current license. Beyond that, look for an agent who markets himself well. The agent you choose should be highly visible on the ‘net. Pay attention to any negative reviews but take them with a grain of salt. People are difficult to please at times and are more apt to leave a bad review than a positive one.
3.Have a Face-to-Face
Never hire an agent to sell your home sight-unseen. Sit down with each agent on your list and conduct an interview. This is the person who will be helping you sell your home; you must have a level of comfort and be able to develop a rapport with this person. Don’t, however, waste anyone’s time. Be sure that you are upfront about the fact that you are interviewing several agents.
4.Establish Communication Preferences
Communication between you and your agent will be important as you try to sell your home. When you are interviewing your agents, ask them how they prefer to communicate. If you work all day, playing phone tag may not work for you. If you are a bit lacking in the technology department, an agent who prefers to speak via text and email will be the wrong choice.
Any agent can hand you a list of references. Failure to contact these references could turn out to be a huge mistake on your part. If you ask for references, be sure to speak to them. Ask these people if they would use the agent again. Find out what issues arose, if any, and how they were handled. Chances are that the list of references will only include people that the agent only had good experiences with but it still pays to talk to these people.
A real estate agent should be chosen as carefully as you would choose a doctor. This is a person who you will be dealing with for weeks or months. A good agent can help you sell your home quickly; a bad one can have your home sitting on the market forever. Follow the tips above to choose the best agent for your needs.
Sheila Madison writes articles for real estate agent finder services such as agentharvest.com.