Selling your home can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. You’re thrilled to take the next step into your new home, but there are so many questions, to-do’s and what if’s. The key to helping you navigate the waters is hiring a great real estate agent. Here are a few questions you should ask before you sign on the dotted line.
What experience do you have selling homes in my area?
This question is two-fold. For one, you want to know how long your agent has been in business. Granted, time in the business doesn’t always guarantee a great selling experience, but it does afford the agent the opportunity to build up references, seek continuing education, and perfect their skills.
This question also lets you know how well they know your area. When selling your home, you want to make sure it’s listed at the right price to get a strong offer quickly. An agent who knows the area will know if comps in the area are fair and accurate for your situation.
How do you plan on marketing my home?
Getting the eyes on your property is essential to getting an offer on your home, but also, knowing where those eyes are looking is key. These days, buyers are browsing online for their next home. They’re scrolling through pictures and watching videos to get see if a listing could be the right home for them. You want to make sure your listing makes a great first impression.
Ask how many pictures will be taken of your property and if they plan on hiring a professional photographer. Find out if they plan on creating a video to go along with your listing. Will they be helping you with ideas on how to stage your home? Where will your listing appear? Make sure the agent you hire has a strong, aggressive approach to getting potential buyers to view your home.
Can you recommend ways to make this process less stressful?
Selling a house can be stressful, but with a good agent, it doesn’t have to be. A seasoned veteran in the business is going to be well-connected. They’ll be able to recommend handymen, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, contractors, and any other service providers you may need. Some may even be available to book appointments or stand in for appointments in your stead.
May I speak with your references?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. An experienced real estate agent will be able to provide you with at least 3 references. Read their testimonials and reviews and talk with previous clients to find out what working with them is really like. You’re hiring a real estate agent to do a very important job for you. Knowing you can trust them to provide a satisfactory service is the key to your peace of mind when selling your home.
We’d love to answer these and many other questions for you! We know we have the right team to get your home sold.
Keeping It Real,
The Cloninger Properties Team