If it’s time to sell your house, you’re likely in the process of interviewing a potential realtor, or a few for that matter. So here’s what to ask.
Finding someone you can trust to sell your home might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are the top six things you need to ask a potential realtor before hiring them to sell your house.
1. What Are Your Qualifications?
Your realtor should be intimately familiar with your local market and not just your neighborhood. Make sure they are a licensed realtor. Ask if they are involved in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service)? Are you currently selling real estate in your area? If so, your agent needs to be able to answer all of your questions comprehensively while confidently and politely negotiating.
2. What Are Your Fees?
You’re going to pay them to show your home, market it, stage it, and so much more. They’ll usually charge fees at closing for their commissions as well. It’s essential to know how much they will charge you, so make sure to ask!
3. How Will You Advertise My Home?
Creating an effective marketing plan to sell a house is one of the primary duties of a realtor. Make sure that they at least have an idea of what they’ll do to make your home more attractive to interested buyers.
4. Can I Approve the Listing Before it Goes Live?
Depending on the situation, a realtor might send the listing price of a listing property to you in advance or, if you don’t see the listing, the agent will call you after the listing goes live. Some realtors do this because they want to show you the listing price, while others do it because they want the number. Be aware that some realtors only provide you with the list price to use as a guide, but never use the list price in the negotiating process.
5. Can You Give Me a Preview of My Home’s Value?
When selling your home, you don’t set a price that no one is willing to pay, but you also don’t want to undersell it. The number your realtor estimates needs to be representative of your home’s market value, so you should always ask for a realtor’s insider’s opinion.
6. What Happens If it Doesn’t Sell Right Away?
It’s often the case that a house doesn’t sell immediately; if you’re the seller and you’re in a rush, communicate that to your agent so they know to adjust a few things in the listing and overall marketing plan. They should also be willing to change the plan if the sale doesn’t go according to plan.
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