Most of us sell only a small number of homes in our lifetimes.
With limited experience in real estate how are we capable of
maximizing the profits from our home sale? Many home sellers make
the critical mistake of thinking all Realtors are the same. They list
with the first agent who comes along. Does it make good business
sense to put the responsibility of selling your home with someone
who has no plan or qualifications?
This report will educate you with valuable information that will
help you make the best decision concerning:
With which real estate agent should you list?
Start by doing a few hours of research. Ask around ... talk with
someone who has had a positive experience with a Realtor
in your neighborhood. Find out which agents are highly visible
in your market area. Get to know who has the most web presence,
ads and marketing material in your neighborhood. Who's the
most active agent? Compile a list of agent names and use these
questions to help you determine which agent is right for you.
Now you have the list ---Google each one to see how they compare.
Make an appointment and ask the prospective agents the
3. What is your average length of time from listing to sold?
Don't automatically assume the shorter the time on the market
the better. That could reflect selling homes quickly at lowball
prices. Look at what the asking price was compared to the
selling price. An agent who sells close to the asking price and
quickly is generally effective at helping clients determine the
right price and helping them get it.
4. How long have you been in business and with to what
professional organizations do you belong?
What additional training and professional designations have you
acquired? The length of time a real estate agent has been licensed
is not a sure fire sign that they've been an active seller. They may
have been in business for 10 years but only part time, whereas an
agent who's been in business for 2 years may be a real top producer.
So take into account what professional organizations they belong to.
The minimum should be a licensed professional who is a member
of the local real estate board and multiple listing service as well as
the State and National Association of Realtors.
Watch for the Continuation of this Series. Part 3 & 4 coming soon.....
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the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in
West Michigan. We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!
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