Selecting a Real Estate Agent

Tips For Selecting a Real Estate Agent

When you are looking for a real estate agent to help you buy a home or sell a home, you may not know where to start. These ideas and tips will help you find the right agent for the job.   


Investigate Them on the Internet


The internet has made it possible for us to find information very quickly. During an online search for an agent, you should spend some time looking at potential agents social media and websites. A blog can give you basic information and tips to help you along the way. A good website will also look up-to-date and professional.


If they have reviews on websites like Google and Yelp, you should check and see if they are consistent. Any business can say how wonderful they are, but you need to find out from other sources if they are being truthful with you. A potential agent needs to be experienced in their field and should also do their job full-time.


Use a Real Estate Agent in Your Area


If you see a lot of for sale and sold signs with one agent’s name on them, and they are nearby you, it is more than likely that they have a lot of clients in your area.

It is a good idea for you to take a picture of one of these signs and add it to the list of agents that you are considering. It is a good idea to look at how successful the local real estate agent is instead of looking at the success of the agency as a whole.


Request Referrals


Do you know anyone who bought or sold a house in the past few months? If so, ask them if they used an agent and get the name of the agent they used. Also, ask them questions about the agent. You should ask them if they were pleased with their services. It is also important to know how long it took to sell their home.


It is also important to find out how much they had to pay in buyer closing costs. It is typical to pay some closing costs. However, you do not want an agent that only cares about their commission and does not care about how much money you have to spend. Since this question has to do with money, you need to be very careful in the way ask about it.

The best way to get information about what kind of service that you will get is to see it for yourself. However, learning about the service that other people have received from their agent is very important as well.


Analyze At Least Three Agents


After you have cut your list of potential agents down, select at least three agents and make an appointment to meet with them at the house that you plan on selling.

Were they on time for your appointment? Did they confirm your appointment with you on the day of the appointment? It is important for them to do that, especially if they have a lot of appointments scheduled in one day.


Another important thing to look at is their preparedness.  When they came to your home, did they bring important information about their home marketing plan?

Did they have a price for your home in mind, and did they have fair justification for it? Was their attire professional? Did they give you advice on how you should show your property? You need to take notes when you are meeting with potential agents and document their answers to these questions.


Ask Appropriate Questions


While you are looking for the right agent, you can ask prospective agents a lot of questions. This will help you separate the average agent from the best ones. Here are some of the questions you should ask:


  • How many deals have you closed in the past year?
  • Were these deals made in the area that you are interested in?
  • Do they make the needs of their clients very important?


If you are looking for a house to buy, ask them how they will look for homes and how many houses you will be able to see before making a decision. You also need to find out who determines the pricing and how the agent will handle getting a lot of offers on your home.


If you are selling your home, you need to ask how your home will be marketed online and offline. You also need to find out what type of camera will be taking pictures of your home and whether or not it will produce high-quality pictures.

It is also essential to find out where the agent will market your home and how often they will do it. The Realtor also needs to tell you what potential buyers are looking for in a home.


Take in All The Information


Now it is time for you to review all the information you have and make a decision. Talking with a trusted friend or family member can be very helpful.

Putting what you are thinking into words and ideas can help you make your final decision. Do not spend too much time analyzing, it will cause you to overthink.

After careful consideration, you need to choose the agent that is the one for you. Not only will they help you buy or sell a house, they will help you throughout the whole process from beginning to end.

Staging In Home Sales

The Importance of Staging in Home Sales

To Stage or Not to Stage

One of the most important things you can do when you put your home on the market is to make sure that it looks welcoming to prospective buyers. They should be able to see their own family living in the home and envision where they will put their own belongings as they move throughout the home.

By removing most of your personal items this will happen a little easier. Once your things are packed, stored or tucked out of site it’s time to decide what to display and what to leave to set the scene for the sale. Staging for a home sale goes beyond just repairing and refacing the things that need to be taken care of. It helps your home look the best it can.


What exactly is staging

The act of staging is decorating and arranging furniture and other pieces to show off the strengths of the home. Your real estate agent will be quick to point out that it’s important to stop thinking about your house as your house and remember it’s more important to let someone else decide that it will be a nice home for their own family. The biggest rooms that are important to stage well are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen and dining room. Entryways are important to give the people looking to buy a home the best first impression.


Why is it important to stage a home?

Staging can help you get the most money for your home. Not all sellers stage, and you certainly don’t have to, but it can make a difference and help your home look its best. By putting specific pieces of furniture in specific spots and clearing out unneeded items it can make a smaller space look large.

When you stand to make a significant amount of money from a home sale you want to make sure that you come away with the absolute top dollar. Look at each room of the home one by one and note the positive features that you must play up. Simply decluttering can go a long way in letting a prospective buyer see the home as a new home for them instead of as your old home.


Is it necessary to hire a professional to do the job?

It’s possible to do the staging of the home on your own but hiring a professional will be able to see your home with a new point of view. Be prepared to hear some of your belongings are a little outdated, too tired or worn, and that a more thorough cleaning is needed even if you feel the job is more than adequate.

If you decide to do the job on your own and you’re on a limited budget there are still some places that will give you some big bang for your buck. That important entryway might nab a potential buyer right from the beginning. Set out an eye-catching welcome mat, a potted plant or a small bistro set if there’s room to show how comfortable the space can be.

Some of the little things that can be done and may pay off in the interior include repainting a room or two that could stand to be refreshed. By using light colors, you can make a smaller room look bigger and brighter. Lighting is also very important to make the home appear bright and inviting. Utilize centerpieces on tables.


Curb Appeal

Begin home staging from the outside in. Landscaping should be clean and fresh. General cleanliness is going to be important here too. Wipe down the front door and kick plate. Clean out any leaves or debris that have blown on the step. Check for spider webs in the corners and crannies of the porch or step. Potential buyers will spend a few minutes out on the front porch while the Realtor unlocks the door. Keep any shrubs or other landscape greenery pruned and


Little Improvements Go a Long Way

From the smallest items like light switches and trim, make sure everything is wiped down and clean. Counters, bathrooms, corners and cupboards should all be cleaned. Personal pictures and beloved items may not be as interesting to someone else as they are to you.

Replace family photos with artwork and decorative pieces. Use candles, book and other items to fill spaces. Put out clean linens in the bathrooms. Find coordinating towels and washcloths and display them in a pleasing arrangement. Not everyone loves pets. Put away bowls, dishes and toys that belong to your pet when it’s time to show your home. Mirrors are a designer’s best secret. Use them to make spaces look brighter and open.


Staging sounds like a lot of work and it is. But if it helps you make a decent profit when you sell a home there will be no question whether it was worth it.