Decide on Agent and Price

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Decide On Agent & Price

Education

When choosing a real estate professional, it is important to ask about his/her education, both within the real estate industry, as well as outside the industry. Also, technology is extremely important these days. Find out, what tools the agent will use to help get your house sold quickly for the highest price.

Experience

To me, this is one of the most important criteria when selecting an agent. Experience is critical. No matter how many books a person has read or the number of real estate classes completed, unless the agent has “real world” experience, he/she will likely have a difficult time providing you superlative service throughout a transaction – especially if issues arise.

Availability and Commitment

It is important you learn how much time and resources your potential real estate agent will allocate to selling your house. This is one reason to always go with a full-time agent. Real estate is a commission based business, and a full time agent is likely going to be more committed in getting your house sold.

Also, it is very important to learn how committed the agent will be in marketing your home.

Rapport

This comes down to individual preference. Many home owners want to work with an agent who they connect well with. However, I have also known sellers who only care about results.  

The Asking Price

Unless your home is quite unique, a professional, full-time real estate agent should be able to quickly give you a suggested list price for your home and support the price recommendation with recent sales date from the area. If you choose to try and sell your home yourself, I recommend you first find a real estate agent to provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to ensure the list price you are considering reflects actual market conditions.

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