What does a real estate agent do? And how can you find one who will do it right?
Selling your home can be a long process, but don’t let that daunt you. A real estate agent’s job is to help the process go smoothly for the seller and the buyer. Click here to read the benefits of having a real estate agent. Once you decide you want to sell with the help of an agent, how do you find one who you feel confident with? Follow these guidelines and you’ll be impressed with the agent you choose.
You’ll want to find an agent early on in the process. They’ll help you not miss crucial steps in listing your home on the market. They’ll also help you avoid unnecessary steps that could consume too much of your time.
As a seller, you can expect your listing agent to give you recommendations to prepare your home for the market, such as renovations and repairs. After those improvements are made, you can have a discussion with your agent about what your home is really worth. He will help you decide on a price based on recent sales of homes in the area.
If you choose, your realtor can bring in a stager to temporarily design and decorate your home in a more visually appealing way. Your agent will then coordinate with a photographer to take professional pictures of your home. And once the house is officially for sale, your agent will market the property through multiple platforms. He will host open houses and negotiate with those further interested. You make all final decisions regarding price and whether to accept an offer.
Now that you understand an agent’s purpose, you know what to look for. Accel Realty Partners has countless experienced agents who will give your home the best impression to buyers. Click here to read about each of our agents.
You can also ask friends and family who they would recommend, or you can look at reviews online. It’s a good idea to speak with multiple realtors before deciding on who to stick with. Don’t be afraid to ask them all of your questions. It’s important to find an agent you trust. Your realtor will be able to help you best if they know your financial situation and why you are selling.
There are so many options for who you might choose to represent your home, so it’s important to do some research. Find someone with the right credentials, talk with their recent clients, ask about their professional awards, see how experienced they are, look at their current listings, and gauge their knowledge of the area.
Some good questions to ask your agent about past listings might be: What was the asking price and what was the sales price? and How long were the homes on the market?
When looking up realtors, you might notice a bunch of letters after their names. These are a good sign, and here’s what they mean:
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate.
ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in transactions.
SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.
If the agent calls herself a Realtor with a capital R, that means he’s a member of the National Association of Realtors.
Make sure you find an agent who is timely, responds quickly to your calls, knows the area, and has years of experience. Knowing what to expect from your agent can help you find the right one. Accel Realty Partners is a great place to begin your search!