If you’re thinking about selling your home, you need to find a great listing agent.
Property websites such as realtor.com® have directories that let you search for agents in your area. These databases can clue you into important details, such as an agent’s years of experience, number of homes sold and past client reviews.
Utilize your network of friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues for recommendations. Word-of-mouth endorsements can be priceless.
Houselogic recommends starting your search for a listing agent six to eight weeks before you’d like your house to be listed on the market. Your listing agent can provide recommendations to home repairs and upgrades before your home goes live on the market.
During the interviews, ask these questions to help assess whether an agent is the right fit you:
1. How many homes have you sold in my neighborhood in the past year? You want someone who has recently sold at least a few homes in your neighborhood and knows the local and hyper-local inventory.
2. How will you market my home? You don’t want to hire someone who’s just going to stick a For Sale sign in your yard. The agent should present a comprehensive marketing plan for your listing — this should include strategies for staging your home, taking professional photographs of your home, marketing to other brokers and scheduling open houses.
3. Will I be working with you directly, or with a team? Some agents lead or work as part of a sales team and shares responsibilities with other agents. A benefit is that for the same fee, you get many people working for you. But if you want the sole attention of the listing agent, you may want to stick to a one-on-one arrangement.
The bottom-line: It’s in your best interest to pick an agent who understands your goals, fits your personality, and can get your home sold for top dollar.