Tips for Choosing The Right Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Columbus Home
Why do I need a real estate agent?
It may seem attractive to sell a home without the agent’s help. You may think that doing so will save thousands in fees. However, using a real estate agent is still a great way to find the right buyers. Real estate agents have all the experience and knowledge needed to help you navigate the home-selling process with ease. They handle all the details, negotiate on your behalf, and market your listing to make sure it’s seen by as many potential home buyers as possible.
Where do I find real estate agents?
One of the best places to start when seeking a real estate agent is to ask friends and family. You want a tenacious and trustworthy agent, which can be a tricky balance to strike, so using trusted connections is recommended. Find out who has used certain agents and ask for referrals. Begin building a list of potential agents. You can also use other sources like real estate websites or the internet to widen the search. However, some of the best agents are those with whom others have worked before and received strong reviews.
What should I ask during an interview?
Before meeting with a prospective agent, you should have a list of questions and priorities. You’ll want to know more about their expertise in your specific area.
Ask them if they specialize in selling your type of property and if they've sold homes in your community. Find out how many homes they’ve sold recently, and how many of those homes sold close to or above their asking price.
Ask each agent about their strategies for selling homes. They should be able to provide a detailed and proven strategy for selling your type of property in your community.
Ask them if they are full or part-time. Many agents are part-time, which may limit their availability during regular business hours. This could delay or kill deals if a buyer or their agent can't get in touch with your agent promptly.
Ask about their options for selling your home. Do they provide a cash offer?
Talk about your communication preferences. You want a real estate agent who communicates at the highest level and is comfortable with your level of needed communication. If you prefer weekly calls over a meeting, let them know. Maybe you prefer a text when something important happens. Knowing these things can help your agent.
What if I want to find a different agent?
No one wants to think about the need to remove yourself from a contract with a real estate agent, but it’s best to be prepared with the knowledge you need if this happens. You may be required to pay a termination fee or penalty. Some agencies offer a grace period that allows you to see if the agent is a good fit. It never hurts to ask!
Should I Hire A Family Member?
The answer to this depends on the friend or family member and your relationship with the individual. If the agent is new or does not have the experience to help with your specific needs (listing a home, for instance), it may be better to choose an agent better suited to help you specifically.
Often, a reason people do not want to do business with a friend/family member is that they think if a deal goes bad it could damage the friendship or relationship, so they shy away from doing business with someone they know well. While that is a possibility, an experienced real estate professional can keep business as a business and still maintain a close relationship.
If you have a friend or family member who is an experienced Realtor with a great track record, then you will probably do well hiring that agent. They will likely work hard to give you VIP treatment and make sure you are successful.
I know I do 😊
Finding the right real estate agent can be somewhat time-consuming, but it is an important part of the process of a successful home sale. Keep in mind your specific priorities and needs, do some research, and ask friends and family for recommendations. With an experienced, full-time agent on your side, you should have a smooth real estate transaction.
A local real estate expert is the best source of information about the community and real estate topics. Give Rita Boswell Group a call today at 614-830-9767 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.