You planning to sell your home but you’re also interviewing listing agents looking around at your best option when it comes to selling and selling for the most at profit. So how do you choose a listing agent?
Listing agents help price your home, advertise your home, and marketed to potential buyers both on the MLS, to existing buyers agents, or even to their own buyers who might be looking for a home just like yours. The stakes are high; price your home too low and it might sell to quickly losing you money. Price it too high and you might be stuck on the market for a long time. Finding the listing agent that will price it correctly, market it appropriately, and facilitate the transaction does take a little bit of research on your part. Here are some tips on finding the best listing agent for selling your home.
Ask about how many homes they’ve actually sold in the last year. This is not the same as how many homes they have listed. Real estate agents can list 10 different homes but not sell one of them. After many homes they have listed and sold, how quickly they have sold, if they’ve sold them themselves, meaning they were the buyer’s agent, and the difference between the list price and the sales price. These figures can really give you a good snapshot as to how the agent markets the home, if they price it correctly, and how well they do it facilitating the transaction or working with other agents.
Ask how they will market your home. Will they have professional photos done, or do they recommend staging? Will they offer tips, suggestions, and tricks to repairing your home, updating the home, or presenting it in the best possible light to potential buyers?
How well do they negotiate with other agents? If your listing agent has a history of arguing, aggressive behavior, or simply not getting along with other agents, that might not be the best real estate professional to work with. If they have a good reputation with other offices and brokerages, this is usually a good sign that most people are willing to work with them.