You’re ready to sell your home but how do you pick an agent to help you. You want to make sure you have someone who will be on your side and get the best price for your home, but there are more factors than just price that go into a transaction. Here are 7 questions to ask when selling your home.
1. How will you market my property? This is a big one! You want an agent who is going to make sure your home is seen by prospective buyers. Most buyers find their new home online, so make sure a big part of their marketing strategy includes an online presence. There are so many tools to market properties, you want to make sure the agent you hire is using them to your advantage.
2. How do you communicate? In a real estate transaction there are many steps to the process and time is of the essence. You want to make sure you work with an agent who keeps you in the loop at every step of the way. Also, what is the best form of communication to get a hold of you? If your agent is used to emailing clients but you don’t check your email regularly, that could be a problem down the road. Communication is key in a real estate transaction.
3. Do you work in this price range? It is important for a listing agent to also see the buyers side. What is important to the buyer, what do they expect from a home in this price range? Make sure you work with someone who can think about the transaction from both sides.
4. How will you price my home? Everyone has an opinion of what a home is worth but when your agent gives you a price, make sure they can back it up. Before you list your home, your agent should provide you with a list of comps, which are recently sold homes in your neighborhood. This is so important not only to ensure the speed of your home sale but to also make sure you get the most for your property.
5. Whom will I be working with? Ask your agent, are you solo or part of a team? Will I be dealing with you exclusively or different team members throughout the transaction? This goes back to the communication questions as well. You should know who you are going to be communicating with to ensure a smooth transaction.
6. What will this cost me? Believe it or not, people actually forget to ask this question! Most of the time it will cost you more than just the broker fee. You also need to consider closing costs and the costs of repairs. A good agent will help you along the way, as most of the other costs can be negotiated, but it’s always good to be prepared.
7. What should I do to prepare my home for showings? Your agent should know how your home will show best. Should you do some quick repairs, declutter, or just give a good cleaning? Ask your agent, what is going to help my home sell? Most of the time, small repairs can go a long way!
The Desert Duo
Guiding Arizona Home
Michelle Morton & Sadyna Reino