Making the decision to sell your home isn’t easy, but once you do, you’re faced with a tough decision: selling it on your own or working with a realtor. While it is possible to sell your house on your own, it’s not always in your best interest. It takes more time and you may not be able to find qualified buyers who are interested in your property. Hiring a realtor gives you access to expert advice, better marketing tools and, most importantly, help with every step of the process. However, finding an experienced realtor you can trust isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips to help.
1. Ask the People You Know
The best place to start looking for a realtor is your personal and professional network. If you have friends and family that recently worked with a realtor, ask them for recommendations. If they don’t have any recommendations, ask your coworkers for suggestions. Chances are, you know someone that can steer you in the right direction.
If no one in your network is familiar with realtors in your area, search online. Look for agents that specialize in your city or town. If they’re not based locally, but still claim to work in the area, avoid them. You want a seller’s agent that understands what the market in your city is like and can make your property stand out from the competition.
2. Meet With Several Realtors
When you’re trying to choose someone to help you sell your house, you need to make sure you’re comfortable working with them. Take the time to schedule consultations with several realtors before you decide to work with one. Ask them questions about their experience, their fees and how they’ll help make your house marketable. Reputable realtors will suggest things like staging your house and hiring a weed control service to give your landscaping a facelift- which has a greater effect than you know.
3. Never Settle for the Cheapest Services
When it comes to realtors, you get what you pay for. Low-priced realtors often take on more properties than they can manage well on their own. This increases the amount of work you’ll have to do to sell and market your house. Instead, choose a realtor based on their qualifications and their reputation. When you do, you’ll end up being able to sell your house more quickly and will get better service throughout the process. It may cost more, but the added cost will be worth it.
4. Pay Attention to How Honest They Are
If a realtor says something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, many real estate agents and realtors like to exaggerate and make claims that they’ll be able to get you the highest selling price or promise to sell your home in under a month. The truth is, no realtor can guarantee how much you’ll sell your home for or when it will sell. Look for realtors that offer you real advice and aren’t afraid to express concerns. These are the people that can prepare you for the realities of selling a home.
5. Make Sure They’re Licensed
All professional realtors should be licensed to sell your home. Don’t hesitate to ask for their license number and contact your local government to validate their license. If it’s fake or invalid, don’t work with them. If they are licensed, you’ll likely be in good hands.
6. Read up on Reviews
Before you commit to working with a realtor, take the time to read reviews online. Look for trends in those reviews. If most of their previous clients seem happy with their services, you’ll likely have the same experience. However, if they all have similar problems with the realtor, keep looking. You can also ask each realtor for a list of references from previous clients. Follow up with those references and see what their clients have to say.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to find a realtor you’ll love working with.