Selecting the right real estate agent is an important step in any home buying or selling, especially selling. Your agent will take the lead in getting the word out, holding an open house and making sure that the buyer and seller agree on terms and conditions of the sale paper before the closing date. It is therefore necessary as a home owner for you to not sit back but play a critical role in hiring the agent for the job. You might want to talk to the agent about your strategies, factors of the sale process and features of the house closely and help him or her in harnessing the available resources. In essence, it is your responsibility to make sure that the sale goes smoothly.
Speaking of questions to ask an astoria or real estate agent before hiring (other than credentials and years of experience in real estate):
- How many buyers and sellers are your representing in the current moment? This is a crucial information because you don’t want an agent overwhelmed by the number of clients he or she has to handle. At the same time, you don’t want a lazy agent either
- How many seller transactions have you taken care of? Real estate agents use different approaches in marketing and other tasks for buyers and sellers. If the agent is associated with more sellers than buyers, you are in a better position to negotiate with prospects
- How are you going to market the property? The agent needs to be in touch with as many agencies as possible if the sale needs to happen quickly. Additionally, the agent should have access to maximum number of MLS listing websites
- What are your contract terms and conditions? Most contracts obtained by a real estate agent contains many information including dispute resolution. Take time to read all the fine prints, and don’t hesitate to ask questions or request changes if necessary
- How can I reach you? Make it easy for the agent by exchanging your contact number and email as well
- How many residential real estate transactions happened under your supervision? Again, the greater the number, the better
Remember that, hiring the right agent also means ensuring that the person is skilled and experienced enough to sell the type of house you are selling. Obviously, if your house is a single family, you don’t want a professional specialized in selling apartments or commercial buildings. As soon as you hire, your agent should zero in on the features of the house that stand-out and eligible to be highlighted for the prospective buyers to see. Again, make sure that the agent you hire meets your needs and budget. If there is any additional charges differently planned than yours, that should be reflected in the agreement document. The agent should have in his or her schedule book a plan to hold at least two open houses of your home, and possibly more.