Need an agent to sell your home? The dos and don’ts, the way to select the Right Real Estate Agent.
There are countless decisions to be made when selling a home and many of them will significantly affect whether or not you are able to get a contract to closing, make a profit and how much time it takes to sell your home. A real estate agent can offer specialized knowledge in research, marketing and negotiations to help you meet or exceed your goals. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 82 percent of home sales are the result of agent connections.
Finding the right real estate professional requires doing a little research and asking a few questions. NEVER choose a REALTOR® on price alone. An agent cannot magically raise the selling price of the house. They and you have no real control over market price…buyers do. The lender will require an appraisal for the property and will base financing for the borrower off the sales price or the appraisal whichever is the LOWER of the two. The appraiser will make a value determination based on SOLD properties only, not current list prices. Also consider the buyer and their buying strategy. The purchaser won’t willingly pay too much and it’s likely that he or she will have their agent do research on the market and try to find the best product for the best price. These facts simply cannot be changed, no matter which Realtor you select. In spite of these unchangeable factors, the agent you select must be diligent, knowledgeable, resourceful, and care about your needs.
Below are some key points to look for in choosing your agent.
Your Real Estate Professional should:
Provide referrals to proven service providers, including title companies, inspectors, appraisers, pest control, moving companies and more.