Choosing an agent is the most important aspect in selling your home. Few people realize though that choosing one is a two-step process. It can also be confusing if you’re not prepared in choosing the best auctioneer for your situation, and knowing what questions to ask once you have decided upon your agent.
When starting your search for an agent to sell your home there are a few important considerations and questions that you will need to investigate. First, consider that you need an agent that realizes that every seller has a unique situation. Not only financially, but in many other ways too, such as deadlines for selling, or even times for showing your house to buyers. You will want to find an agent that not only you can work with, but also one that has your best interests at heart, and not just their commission. It’s a working relationship, but it’s one in which they are employed by you to sell your home hassle free and for the best price. Finally you will want an agent who knows their way around the marketplace. It’s said that selling your home is one of the most stressful experiences that you can go through. Just like you wouldn’t want to cross a desert without a guide or a map; you wouldn’t want to enter into probably the largest single transaction of your life, with someone who learning on the job.
Begin your search by investigating all of the different auctioneers in your area. Look for agents that are fully qualified, having completed a recognised Property Degree course and have approved practical experience. Client interests come first and constant training sessions are held to stay up to speed with property market developments.
A handy telephone book with agents listing and asking friends and neighbours about any agents that they may have had experience with are two places to begin. Remember though that one persons experience doesn’t mean that you will have the same exact negative or positive one. After writing down a list of agents take some time to dig a little further by grabbing a local paper with property advertisements, and look for particulars. Note how the agents list their available homes. Check to see if you’re impressed by the quality of not only pictures, but how well the information is presented about the homes. Be wary of any listing that has grammatical errors, or leaves out vital information such as correct contact numbers. Also, look for their websites, and take note of how well their information is displayed, also see if the site is easy to navigate to find the necessary information about the homes listed. There can be nothing worse than a listing that is extremely hard to find. Potential buyers will click away if your homes’ listing is buried beneath tons of frustrating non-essential information.
Note too the different forms or types of advertising that each agent has, such as radio, print, magazine, text and internet. The broader informational services your agent uses the better chances your home will sell according to your schedule and price. Also check do they keep potential buyers updated on new listings.
After researching your potential agents, and deciding on which ones you might like to work with, make an appointment to delve further into their services. Again, write down pointed questions, and their answers to them. Key questions that most home sellers like to know will have a big affect on their wallets, and if their home sells or not. Make sure answers are effectually given to your satisfaction. Here are6 important questions that you will need to ask.
• What is the agent qualifications and experience?
• How much property have they sold in the last year?
• What is the contractual agreement with the agent to sell your home?
• What is the agent’s policy for viewings, and will you receive timely feed back to correct problems?
• What are the agent’s commissions and what does that include?
• Will your house be placed on a system with affiliate agents throughout the country?
Finally, when making a decision on an agent to represent you and your home remember to be thorough. If there are any questions that you feel during your interview with an agent that suddenly occur to you as important don’t be hesitant to ask. Any confident and qualified agent will be more than happy to openly discuss in a non-hurried manner any questions that you might have. Selling your home is an intensely personal one with serious financial matters at stake. You deserve the detailed and caring attention of a professional. You also might be working with this person for some time, from initial instruction through to close, so you need to choose someone you feel you can get on with, on a personal level also. Do they reflect your values and do you think that they do business in a manner you feel comfortable with and that is compatible with your own ethos.
Working with any auctioneer should be as stress free, and as much as possible, a team effort. Your home should be presented in its best light, so buyers will come knocking at your door.