Tips On How To Choose A Good Listing Agent
After you decide to sell your home, the next step to help you close the deal successfully is to find a good listing agent. The job of the listing agent is to provide you with a superior and comprehensive marketing plan that will be used to sell your property at the right price.
Their marketing plan should include the following ideas:
- Home improvements and renovations, if necessary.
It may cost you time and money, but improvements will allow for a higher selling price.
- Photography capturing your home’s best features.
Sometimes hiring a professional photographer is advised as good photographs can help draw buyers to the property. Many agents refer to the MLS so having attractive photos will help your home stand out against the others that are listed.
- Add your home to more than one listing service. Agents will list your home to multiple listing websites which in turn will draw more buyers. An influx of buyers can help you obtain the best price and buyer as it may start a bidding war.
Here are some questions to ask your listing agent:
Pro Tip: Do not move forward with first agent you meet. It it important that you interview various agents to find the agent that is right for you.
Assess if they are right for you by asking these questions:
- Experience: How many homes have you sold in this area?
- What is the standard or minimum time frame it takes for you to sell a home?
- Do you have any advice for me regarding improvements on my home?
- If I do these renovations (If any),what will it result in a higher sales price?
- Can you recommend photographers, and contractors etc.?
- Are you a member of the NAR? (the real estate agents must abide by the National Association of Realtors code of ethics.)
- How often will you bring prospective buyers?
- What is your commission rate?
Listing agents have a lot of responsibilities, but their top priority should be to properly price your biggest investment. The process of finding the best agent may take some time, but should result in a seamless closing. Once you have met with three or four agents and found the one, you’ll likely sign a listing agreement (in which the agent is hired to represent the seller/principal) which clearly states terms of service at an agreed commission rate.
Final Tip: During the process of selling your home, it is vital to remain in contact with your agent so you are aware of the status. Your realtor will need to gain access to the property to show it so make sure you answer all calls and text messages for showing instructions.
We wish you the best selling your home and we hope these tips will help you find the right agent for your home.
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