Friday, February 1, 2013

Choosing a Realtor to Sell your Home

If you plan to sell your home, a great Realtor will price your home accordingly, market your home professionally, bring in qualified Buyers, and have strong negotiating skills that will help finalize a deal. Here are a few things you can do when searching for the right agent:

1. Round up good prospects: To do this you can ask for referrals from your friends and neighbors or use online search tools. Try and limit your search to agents that have credentials that match your needs.  For example, you can search for agents that specialize in selling single-family homes, condos, or short-sales. Always choose a full time Realtor!

2. Make sure your agent has backup: It is important for an agent to have some kind of assistance. With someone else taking care of the paperwork and running around town, an agent will be more likely to give you and your home that "TLC" you deserve in the home sale process.

3. Find out what their strategy or marketing plan will be: The good old days of just listing your home in the Sunday newspaper are long gone.  There are so many media outlets and listing services where your home can be advertised.  Promoting your home in the appropriate outlets is essential to getting the most views of your home, therefore strengthening the chance of more prospective Buyers seeing your home.

In the end, the most valuable thing you can do when searching for a Realtor is to find someone you can trust.  After all, the selling of a home will be one of the biggest moves you make and should not be taken lightly.

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