Homeowners sometimes try to go it alone when the market is hot, but they most often end up realizing there’s a lot that goes into a successful real estate transaction. Property presentation, property paperwork, knowledge of how to fulfill paperwork, establishing the right list price, marketing the property, managing showings, maintaining the property in preparation of showings, understanding offers and how to respond, and managing a plan to fulfill the contract-to-close time period.
A realtor provides this support and wisdom. Actually for every hour an agent spends with you, he or she will spend an average of nine hours behind the scenes working on your behalf. This time is spent working to ensure you get the highest price possible for your home and making the process as stress-free as possible.
But not just any agent can accomplish these things for you. When you’re considering an agent, ask him or her the following questions:
- How many homes have you sold in this area, and how long did it take?
- Do you have advice for me about the condition of my home, and what could be improved to get a higher sales price?
- What is your marketing plan?
- Can you recommend contractors, photographers, moving companies, etc.?
- Is this your full-time job? (A part-time agent is not a problem, but you will want to gauge his or her availability during off-hours.)
- How often will you touch base with me?
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