One of the most important decisions that you can make when selling your property quickly as a home owner is choosing the right estate agent. For most people, their home is the biggest investment of their lives. Therefore, when selling or renting the property you want to be sure that you are maximizing that investment. Finding a professional who has the ability to represent all your needs and at the same time provide solid advice is very important. Agents are a critical part of the selling or renting process and they can offer unique insights and experience.
The following are tips on how to choose the right estate agent when selling your property:
Go for a professional
An estate agent should have a high degree of professionalism and dedication to his or her work. He or she should have a good reputation, be committed to impressing you and working hard. A professional agent has to be registered as an estate agent with the relevant authorities, have a valid license and above all be honest to his or her clients. You should avoid those agents that are not registered, lack credibility as well as lack professionalism.
Whether you are looking for an agent to help you sell your house, you do not want to be part of someone’s learning curve. You can determine whether the potential estate agent is experienced by establishing the years the individual has been in the industry. Does the agent have knowledge of the area in which you are selling your property? Does he or she understand the price basket you are likely to sell in? Experience covers all that and an inexperienced agent cannot understand all that.
Talk with recent clients
A good estate agent should be able to give you a list of former clients and their contacts. You should personally make an effort to call these clients and find out how their relationship with the agent was and how the agent performed as far as selling their property is concerned. Were they happy with the services offered by the agent? Friends, colleagues, neighbours and family members are often a good source for referrals. Find out their experience with a particular agent before choosing one.
If you are a seller, it is important to look for an estate agent who is familiar with your local area. Request to see what the agent has sold or listed in the neighbourhood recently. He or she should be able to provide you with information concerning the local community, schools, taxes and other important facts and information. He or she should also be able to give this information to the potential buyers.
Once you have got referrals, done your research and got several potential candidates, it is important to interview them personally. This will give you a chance to ask the candidates a number of questions including; commission rates, valuation of your property and interests. A good agent should be interested in selling your property. During the interview, the estate agent can give you an evaluation of your home’s value and you will have the opportunity of asking more questions.