If you’re thinking about selling your home, a good place to start is by interviewing Real Estate Agents who specialize in your area. Sometimes you might notice the same signs again and again in your neighborhood, but other times you might need to look online. You can find local agents through Google or by looking up local hashtags on social media. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of Real Estate Agents that might be a good fit, it’s helpful to invite them to see your home and to interview them to determine if they are the right agent for you and your home. We’ve created a helpful list of questions to ask your potential Realtor to help determine if they will best represent you and your house in the selling process.
How long have you been selling houses? You will want to hire an experienced agent to sell your house. Look for someone who has been in business for at least two years, ideally more.
Have you ever sold a house in my neighborhood? It’s helpful if your agent is familiar with your neighborhood, particularly if you live in a community with amenities and an HOA. This can also be helpful if the agent has clients that are looking for a house in your community. If you pulled the Agent’s name off a sign in your neighborhood, you can probably skip this question.
Are you a full time Real Estate Agent? This might be important for selling your home because if your agent is only working on a part-time basis, they may not be available to show your house to potential buyers. Full-time agents also tend to have more experience than part-time agents that sell Real Estate as a side hustle.
What is your average sale price? Choose a Real Estate Agent who has an average sale price similar to the list price of your house. An Agent who sells houses at significantly lower (or higher) prices might not have the right clientele for or experience that you need to sell your home.
How will you market my house? Your agent should have a marketing plan ready for your home that includes high quality photography, flyers, digital marketing, social media, open houses, or any combination of activities that work in your area. It’s your Agent’s job to get your house featured in as many ways as possible to bring in potential buyers. It’s your job to make sure your house shines when they arrive.
Will you stage my home? A house that is staged before listing typically sells faster and for a higher price. Look for an agent that offers home staging if possible. At Lewis & Kirk, we offer free home staging for every house we list.
Do you have references that I can contact? An agent should always be able to provide you with references. Contact these people and ask about their experience with the agent and the home selling process. References should be candid and the overall feedback should be positive if you plan to hire this agent.
No matter who you choose as your Real Estate Agent, you should feel confident in their ability to market and sell your house. Your Agent will be involved in every step of the home sale transaction and be your guide through the process. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you need in order to feel that you’re hiring the right person.
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