Buying a home is a BIG deal. It is likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. You don’t want to just “hope” to work with the right people, but you want to make a decision based on your needs with an agent who is not only qualified but has the set of skills and passion to get the job done – and done well!
There are many real estate agents out there, as you can see by all the signs around town in the yards of hopeful sellers. Some of them are smart, intuitive, passionate, focused and willing to go the extra mile. And some are just not. Let us help you by giving you some tips and questions to ask for when choosing the right agent for you.
- How much? Ask potential agents how much they think they can sell your home for. “If two agents say $200,000 and the third says $300,000, think hard. It’s likely the high bid is an exaggeration to attract your business.” says Alison Rogers, author of Diary of a Real Estate Rookie. In the trade it’s known as buying a listing. In the end, you’ll be the one who pays because the high price will scare away potential buyers before you inevitably drop the price.
- How will you market it? Running a few classified ads in the local paper, listing it on the Internet and holding an open house shouldn’t be the only answers. They should be able to talk about what kinds of people are likely buyers and how he will reach out to those specific people. This is the time you will want to hear about smart phone apps, virtual tours, facebook markting, mailers and more.
- What’s your specialty? If you’re selling a starter home in a community full of young families, hiring an agent who specializes in seniors is probably a bad idea. It doesn’t mean that if he only sells condos that he can’t sell a house, but he may not be geared up to do the best job.
- How many people are you selling homes for right now and what are you doing for them? It may not be a bad thing that a high-powered agent is juggling 15 homes, but she may not be able to give a high level of personal service, although she should then have an attentive assistant. On the other hand, be wary of an agent with no other customers because she may lack experience and contacts.
- What do you expect of me? A good salesperson will have expectations. He may want you to leave and take the dog when the house is shown, paint the garage, move some furniture around and scrub the tile in the bathroom. It shows that he can think like a buyer – and that’s a good thing!
- Can I talk to one of your previous clients? References and referrals are a great agent’s best advertising tools. You will get the real low down on what type of agent they are and if that is someone who you may want to work with. Many agents have a list of referrals or may even have a few clients who would be willing to give you their personal experience. A good reputation around town goes a long way.
- What is your business philosophy? This may not seem super important but it’s very nice when you can find out what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.
To find out how The Maves Group can help you get that SOLD sign in your yard and have a team go the extra mile for you, contact us at (970)414-0956 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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