Guide to Interviewing Agents
How long have you been in residential real estate? Is it your full-time job?
While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate is mostly learned on the job. If an agent doesn’t have much experience, there are going to be situations they haven’t encountered, negotiation skills they haven’t learned, and resources they haven’t acquired. That’s not to say a new agent can’t be the right agent, only that it’s important to have an understanding of an agent’s gameplan and what they will be bringing to the table. And if you’re going with an experienced agent, make sure they have the time to devote to you and your home to be sure you’re getting all of the benefits of their experience.
How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year?
By asking this question you’ll get an idea of how much experience the practitioner has and the scope of their reach. Agents and teams with a proven record of selling are more likely to have strategies for getting your home sold quickly and for the most money. Bonus points if they have a history of homes sold in your neighborhood.
The 30 Day Guide to Selling
Thinking about selling your house? Here’s our 30-day plan to get your house ready for sale:
Day 1: Change light bulbs and update light fixtures. Burned out bulbs? Replace ‘em. Light fixtures seen better days? Go ahead and update them with something a bit newer from Home Depot or IKEA. But remember, your light fixtures should match the overall décor of your home. Nothing sticks out worse than ultra-modern light fixtures in an otherwise rustic home.
Day 2: Prep the paperwork: Buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions, so start digging out the paperwork now: utility bills, renovation details, appliance user manuals, warranties, mortgage details, survey and rental contracts.
Day 3: Get some boxes and duct tape. A big part of the adventure you’re about to embark on involves reducing clutter, and there’s no time like the present!
Day 4: Make an extra set of keys. Prospective Buyers and their agents will need to access your home, so you’ll need an extra set of keys. It’s worth the $3 not to have to open the lockbox every time you want to come home.
There’s a lot to know when it comes to selling your home. Whether you’re selling your first house or you’re a seasoned Seller, our in-depth Selling Guide will take you through all the steps. Find out how to:
1. Prepare your home and stage like a pro
2. Price and market your house (or know how to pick the right agent to do it for you)
3. Be ready to show your home to prospective Buyers
4. Negotiate and close on your home
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Preparing your home for sale is hard work, but do it right and you’ll sell your home faster, and for more money.
There are five 4 key steps to preparing your home for sale: