When posting your home up for sale, or looking to buy a new home, it's best to identify real estate agents in your community who can assist with the sale. Over two million people nationwide have licenses to sell real estate; it's their job to be an expert on the properties in their community. Tracking real estate trends, they are in the business of helping others buy and sell homes. If you're in the market for a new home, it's wise to know how to find a real estate agent. Whether you’re a first-time seller or someone who is looking to buy your first home, there are many ways to find a local real estate agent.
* Look for real estate agent signs in your community.
* Attend open houses and see if you connect with a real estate agent.
* Google, and Google Reviews - while these can't always be 100%, they can provide a baseline for what the customer experience is, in general.
Once you find an email, or phone number, think about asking these questions will provide a better sense of what agent will be right for you in your buying or selling situation.
What type of representation do you provide?
There are various forms of representation in different states. Some brokers represent buyers, some represent sellers, some facilitate transactions as a neutral party, and in some cases different salespeople in a single firm may represent different parties within a transaction.
How long are homes in this neighborhood typically on the market?
Be aware that because all homes are unique, some will sell faster than others. Several factors can impact the amount of time a home remains on the market, including list price, changing interest rates and local economic trends.
How would you price my home?
Ask about recent home sales and comparable properties currently on the market. If you speak with several real estate agents and their price estimates differ, thats alright but be sure to ask how their price opinions were determined and why they think your home would sell for a given value. Request a written Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), as well.
How will you market my home?
At listing presentations, brokers will provide a detailed summary of how they market homes, what marketing strategies have worked in the past and which marketing efforts may be effective for your home.
What is your fee?
Brokerage fees are established in the marketplace and not set by law or regulation. The commission is the agents rate for handling your transaction. Ask if there are other fees you will have to pay such as a early cancellation fee, marketing fee, MLS fee or any other cost that is not included in the commission rate.
What disclosures should you receive?
State rules require brokers to provide extensive agency disclosure information, usually at the first sit-down meeting with an owner or buyer.
What should you expect when working with a real estate agent?
Once your home is listed with a real estate agent, he or she will immediately begin to market your home according to the most appropriate conventions for your community. A real estate agent keeps you informed as the marketing process unfolds and as expressions of interest are received.
Be sure to specify how you would like to communicate. Some clients prefer emails while others only want to be called or have in-person meetings. Whatever your preference, it is best to outline those expectations upfront so everyone is working with clearly-defined objectives.
The same is true for buyers. Because buyers are constantly meeting with their agent to see properties and give feedback on the properties they've already seen, communication is important. If you like to communicate via text message, let your agent know. All forms of communication are not acceptable to everyone. Make sure you have an agent who communicates with you in a way you find acceptable.Every client should expect professionalism. That means a real estate agent will always expect you to be on-time, and you should expect the same from a real estate agent.
Remember, the real estate agent is your advocate in the transaction, whether you are buying or selling. Once you have signed up with an agent to represent you, he or she is your face, your voice, and your defense against all involved in the multi-layered home buying or home selling process.
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