Selling your home is one of life’s greatest financial transactions. But more than that, it can also be one of life’s most emotional transactions. After all, you probably remember family gatherings around the dining room table, maybe a parent blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. The home might be decorated just how you wanted it to be—how you envisioned your home when you were just starting out. The scuffs and dings on the wall each tell a story: the time your nephew couldn’t figure out how to stop his tricycle; the moment you dropped the heirloom platter at Thanksgiving. Perhaps the doorways even have pencil marks recording the height of your growing children.
It’s not always easy to say goodbye to your home. But when it’s time, you want the best real estate agent to help you sell your property. The question is, what qualities should you seek out in a Realtor?
We’re here to help guide you. So here are some tips to get your house sold with the right real estate agent.
Finding the right real estate agent means finding someone with the qualities that will help you through the process of selling your home, and that means finding a Realtor with the right characteristics. In “Selling Your Home? How to Find the Best Listing Agent,” on www.nerdwallet.com, experts recommend interviewing no fewer than three agents. Doing so will allow you to get a good feel for their character.
When it’s interview time, you’ll want to know what to look for. So here are five characteristics you should look for when searching for the right listing agent to sell your home.
Being a savvy negotiator is key in a Realtor because that means they’ll negotiate on your behalf. So when the offer on the table isn’t quite right, they’ll have strategies and the know-how in place to make sure the deal comes out in your favor.
Training and experience matter in the world of real estate. So check your potential agent’s credentials to make sure they’re the right fit for the type of real estate transaction you are making. That’s according to www.bankrate.com, “7 tips for picking a great real estate agent.” Remember, too, if your real estate agent calls him or herself a Realtor with a capital R, that means that they are members of the National Association of Realtors, according to www.thebalance.com, “How to Choose a Listing Agent.”
If the agent delivers on their promises, you’re going to have a far better experience than someone who makes excuses. So seek out someone who is honest and forthright, who contacts you and follows through when they say they will.
Great networkers understand people. The better your Realtor is at networking, the better they’ll be at forging connections with potential buyers and tapping into the right platforms and the right marketing techniques for reaching those people.
Selling your home can be an intense process, but by partnering with a Realtor with the right characteristics, that process is sure to go smoothly. Knowing what to look for is half the battle, so when you sit down at the table with the agents you are interviewing, you’ll be able to determine who is the best fit for you. In no time at all, that agent you trust will be hanging a “sold” sign in your front yard.