Selling your home is serious business, and you don't want to hand that task over to just anyone. Our REALTORS® understand that listing your home is a huge decision and a significant step towards your future. Understanding what makes a real estate agent outstanding and taking the time to research before you choose one is well worth the effort. Following are some of the most important factors to consider when deciding just who you will trust with the task of making your home selling process a success.
Knowledge of the Market
An agent who is prepared to work with you and for you will understand your goals when listing your home and have the inside scoop on the real estate market. That means your agent should know whether it's a buyer or seller market and be able to give you plenty of guidance as to what trends are popular with potential buyers.
Experience and Training
Don't hesitate to ask an agent about their real estate experience, and in particular, their knowledge about your current location. A top-notch agent will be happy to share their accomplishments, testimonials from former clients, and any awards they've received in the industry.
A Marketing Plan is a Must
It's perfectly acceptable to ask a potential agent how they plan to sell your home efficiently. Your agent should strive to personalize your experience as a seller, and with that, outline a detailed plan to market your home. Bring a list of any questions you have about the selling process during this agent interview to gauge how they respond.
Communication and Negotiation Skills
Key to a successful sale, good communication skills are one characteristic you'll want to look for when selecting your agent. The interaction between you and your REALTOR® should be both honest and comfortable. Additionally, you might want to discuss how your agent will handle negotiations with prospective buyers, should they arise.
Industry Connections and Credibility
Ideally, your new real estate agent will be part of a trusted and reputable agency that has a positive reputation in your community and beyond. Familiarize yourself with their colleagues as well and to ask about connections with other realtors and agencies. Often a broad and trustworthy network between agents facilitates the home sale.
Margaret Rudd & Associates is proud of our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). We have access to the world's market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates through our association.
The importance of working with a seasoned real estate agent to sell your home can't be emphasized enough. At Margaret Rudd & Associates, you'll find a team of dedicated REALTORS® who are driven to make your home sale a great experience. If you're ready to list your home for sale or want more information, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.