Looking to sell your home? Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned seller, chances are you'll need a helping hand from a real estate professional.
And while there's certainly no shortage of agents to choose from, finding the right one for you can be easier said than done.
In fact, even if you interview a prospective agent, it can be difficult to tell if they're a good fit unless you know what questions to ask.
The following are three questions every agent should be able to answer to your satisfaction before you bring them on.
1. Can I have some references?
Real estate agents thrive on the good words of past clients, so if an agent is unable to provide you with references or simply refuses to, it's a red flag.
Selling your home is a very large financial decision, so you owe it to yourself to make sure you're working with an experienced agent. There's no better way to find this out than by checking their track record with previous home sellers.
2. Where's my comparative market analysis?
A good real estate agent should be an expert in his or her local area. However, more than just personal knowledge, they should also be able to provide you with hard data relating to similar properties that have sold recently, giving you a better idea of what kind of price to set.
It'll also give you an idea of what types of homes and home features are most popular with buyers in the area, information you can use to your advantage.
3. Will you be my main point of contact?
It's important that you not only know who to get in touch with, but also have the ability to.
Some agents work as parts of teams, or may delegate certain work to assistants. You should always know who's in charge of selling your home and how to get in touch with them.
After all, it's your home on the line.
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The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.