When it comes to dealing with something important, which you don’t have extensive personal experience in, it pays to hire a professional. This can be said of hiring an attorney for a court case, going to a specialist for a medical concern, and, for when it’s time to sell or buy a home. The process to sell a property or buy a house is a complex one, not because it’s difficult to understand the basic steps, but because there are so many different aspects involved in the process; it’s not as simple as signing on the dotted line.
In addition to the lengthy process, which, when all lines up well with a quick offer, can be at least a 30-day process, laws, taxes, regulations and the market can change quickly; and often they do. Instead of stressing yourself over what you may miss or not understand, hire a professional who has your best interests in mind, and the expertise to help you.
Before you call the first agent listed in an online search however, you need to take some time to find the right partner for you in this endeavor. There’s also a difference in education between a real estate agent and a Realtor® which is important to be aware of. An agent with the Realtor® designation has met certain criteria in professionalism, education and experience in the real estate market, beyond just gaining a real estate license which is really just the first step towards becoming an expert in this field.
We all have different needs, personalities and experiences, which is why it’s important to interview several agents before you make a decision. Asking any prospective real estate agent the right questions can help you narrow down the choices to determine who is the best match for you.
One key question to ask is, “How many homes have you sold in the past 6-12 months?” The answer will give you insight not only into how successful a prospective agent has been, but also help confirm if they are up on current rules and regulations. An agent who hasn’t sold any properties in the last 6 months or so may not be up-to-date and as informed as you would want them to be. To help you ask the right questions, download my FREE home seller report “20 Questions You Must Ask Your Next Realtor® Before You Sign on the Dotted Line” for a complete list of questions to ask your real estate agent before listing your home for sale.
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