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Seller Resources

Do you know what your home is worth?

Do not rely on real estate websites alone for home valuations. While instant home valuations are fun to use, they are based on past home sales and use computer formulae that do not necessarily reflect current market trends. Your best bet is to get a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), a professional assessment of your property’s value, from your real estate agent. With a CMA in hand, you are prepared to set your list price.

Once you’ve settled on a list price, have your real estate agent reevaluate it every couple of weeks to stay current. If you don’t get any interest or offers within the first few weeks, your asking price might be unrealistic and should be adjusted.

Condition Counts

Quirky fixer uppers are a thing of the past. Today’s homebuyer is all about instant gratification, and the last thing he or she wants to do is move into a house that requires immediate cleaning or repair. The best thing you can do as a seller is to present your home to potential buyers in the very best possible light.

To present your home at its best, repaint tired and dirty walls, thoroughly clean all carpets, flooring and windows, and update front landscaping. Organize and update kitchens and bathrooms, the most problematic areas of a home. Make sure all kitchen and bath appliances and plumbing are in good working order.

A home in a less-than-sparkling condition can suggest a desperate seller and may yield a smaller profit.

Cover Part of the Buyer’s Costs

A generous overture can make you more attractive to potential buyers. Offering to pay some of the buyer’s closing costs, funding a portion of the buyer’s financing, or paying for inspections or repairs that reduce the buyer’s out-of-pocket expenses can help distinguish you and your home from the competition.

Enlist Expert Help

Go pro on your home sale by hiring a qualified real estate agent to do the job. An experienced, local real estate agent will be your best resource in helping you to meet your real estate goals in this unpredictable housing market.

When paired with the results of your own research, information provided by your local real estate agent can help you decide if selling your home now is the right thing to do.

Compare and interview several experienced, licensed real estate agents who specialize in your market area.

Ask for each agent’s recent success stories in your particular market.

Contact and interview the agent’s former customers.

Remember to go with the agent who has been successful in your local real estate market and whose experience, marketing plan, commission rate, personality, and business manner best suit your own style.

Agent Interview Questions

How close are you located to me?

Do you use the Internet to market listings?

What would you do to market my house?

What are the top three things that separate you from your competition?

What is your average List-Price to Sales-Price Ratio?

Do you have any professional designations (NAR,CRS)

How many homes have you sold in my neighborhood?

Do you speak any second languages?

Will you provide references?

Buyer Resources

Simple steps to finding the right Realtor®

Finding the right real estate agent can make your home buying experience more productive, positive and stress-free. Buying a home takes a great deal of preparation, decision-making, patience, scheduling flexibility, and in many markets, acting quickly – all the ingredients for a potentially stressful experience.

Know What is Important to You

Take a few minutes to consider what is important to you as you embark on buying or selling your home. Knowing what is important to you will help you make a confident decision on which real estate agent to select.

First, understand what your overall objective in this process is. Is speed most important? Or is the right price critical?

Second, understand how you want this process to unfold. Is this a process you want to control completely, or do you want someone else making the decisions? Is constant communication important to you or do you require minimal disruption in your busy life?

Thirdly, recognize if there are certain credentials or background you expect in your agent. Do you want a top producer, a hard sales person or a methodical project manager? How long has this agent been working or living in this area?

Screen Potential Agents On The Phone Or Via Email

As you begin your process, Realty Ratings will provide you with three potential agents and do a screening interview.

You’ll most likely get to know their personality best by speaking to them on the phone. Ask them about their approach in handling new clients. Listen to their communication style and ask about their negotiating skills. If you need to leave a phone message or send an email, keep track of how long it takes for the agent to get back to you.

Select One Or All Agents To Meet Personally

Many sellers review the “factual” information of the agent proposals, and then after talking on the phone, they can narrow down their selection to just one agent that they meet personally to ensure the “chemistry” is right. During this interview include more detailed questions. The end result is that you have done your homework in the most expedient, yet thorough, way on a decision that should ensure you a stress-free relationship and positive outcome.

Using Realty Ratings to find a Realtor is an effective and convenient way to find an agent. Within hours, you will have narrowed your search of available agents to the top agents that specialize in your area with your required expertise. Then, select a few agents that meet your needs and call or email them.

Agent Interview Questions

How many clients are you currently working with?

How much knowledge do you have about the area I am most interested in living in?

How close are you located to me?

Can you recommend inspection and mortgage companies?

Do you have any professional designations (NAR,CRS)

Do you speak any second languages?

Will you provide references?

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