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10 Questions to Ask a Realtor Before You List Your Home ~ Part 2

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?

                        choosing a real estate agent

 

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

 following questions:

 

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.....

10 Questions to Ask a Realtor Before You List Your Home ~ Part 1

All 10 Questions Can Be Viewed Here

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Comment balloon 0 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • October 29 2009 03:55PM

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