Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times of your life. You naturally want to get as much money from the sale as possible and you want the sale to go as smoothly as possible. But there are a lot of details to consider when you sell a home and you may not be aware of some of them. The best decision you can make is to put your property in the hands of a real estate agent, and you need to choose an agent that can help you to make the best deal possible.
When you are looking for a good real estate agent, check out your local newspaper and trade papers, you need to know which agents are the most active and which ones are closing the deals. It is a good idea to do online research. Check out the real estate agency your potential agent is working with. You should be able to see some of the past deals as well as current ones. Look for homes that may be comparable to your own, check out the listed prices to get an idea of what your home may be worth. Even though you home will have to be appraised, you need to have an idea of what it is worth.
Once you have some basic information, you will want to interview a few agents. Take your time, deciding to sell your home is a big decision and finding the right real estate agent is just as big. If your agent does not present your home correctly it can cost you thousands of dollars.
Make a list of questions you want to ask. Most real estate agents are good conversationalists and you do not want to get side tracked. The first things you want to ask are what kind of credentials they have and how long they have been selling real estate. You also need to know how long they have been selling real estate in your local area. It is important that your real estate agent is a licensed realtor; you want them to be able to handle the entire deal if you choose to put the property in their hands. Experience is very important; you need a guide to get through the maze of legal work and you need experience, not an agent who has never sold a home. Choosing someone who is familiar with your local area is invaluable, they are aware of all the pros and the cons that can determine the price you set on your property.
You need to know what the real estate agent is going to charge for the service. Check for hidden fees. For instance, if you are paying extra for title searches or appraisals get those fees nailed down, find out everything you are going to be paying for. If you think the real estate agents fee is too high, don’t be afraid to haggle with them. Ask for references. Making a decision will be easier if you can get feedback from previous clients. It would be helpful to know what they felt was done correctly and what may have been done better.