When the time comes to sell your home, you will want to complete the process successfully from start to finish, and to do so you need to have the right plan and preparation for its listing and sale. Hiring a real estate agent is just the beginning of your process, which you should follow up with methods that are shown to work in any real estate markets. The following provides you with some tips to help you find the right realtor for your upcoming home selling adventure.
Search For a Home Selling Agent
As you set out to sell your home, you need professional assistance to make the process more successful. Hiring a real estate agent is a great way to do so, but only as long as you understand what to look for in a listing agent. The home seller's agent you select should have experience and professionalism so they can carry out the process from start to end and get you the most for your home. Shop around for a seller's agent, which you can do by asking those you know for recommendations, then following up by doing your research on each agent.
Ask a seller's agent about their experience in the industry and how long they have been selling real estate. You may also want to find out how many clients they are currently working with and whether they are sellers or buyers. Find out how many current home listings they are working on and how long their average time on the market is for each listing. This is a good way to find out the agent's experience and knowledge within the market. Then, you may want to inquire as to what areas they have home listings, if they do. It is a good idea to hire a realtor who is well-versed in the area in which your home is located.
Look at Experience and Training
When you ask a realtor how many listings they currently have, how long they have been selling real estate, or how many clients they have worked with, these details will give you figures about their active experience. But you will also want to follow up by inquiring about their market and industry knowledge.
A real estate agent should be licensed as a local realtor and can be part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), but can also have additional training that will help them do their job more successfully. Look for a realtor's extra accreditation and certification to see what areas they may specialize in and have extra education, such as in CRS for Certified Residential Specialist training indicating they have extra training to work in residential real estate.