The first step in selling your home is finding a real estate agent. Real estate agents all have their own approaches to buying and selling. Make sure the real estate agent you choose is right for your specific property. Here are a few ways you can do that.
Arrange a Meeting
Never hire a real estate agent you haven’t talked to in person. Real estate agents are people, and people all have different personalities. Some personalities work well together while others clash. You can’t really get a feel for how well you will work with another individual over the phone. Arrange to meet with any potential real estate agents.
Ask a potential real estate agent lots of questions so you don’t hire someone who turns out to be ultimately unhelpful. According to Forbes.com, some important questions to ask include:
Picking a real estate agent is good practice for picking a house: it’s smart to shop around. You don’t have to hire the first agent you meet with, even if you think they will be a good fit. Talk to several different agents to be sure you find the one who will be a good match for your needs.
If you have friends or family members who recently had a good experience with a real estate agent, ask them for the agent’s contact number. If you live in a different location, ask your friend/family member what they liked about how the agent handled their real estate needs. Make a note of what they say so you can look for those qualities in your own real estate agent.
Watch Out for Red Flags
As you talk to potential real estate agents and their past clients (if possible), watch out for signs indicating the agent may not be a good fit. Here are some red flags to consider:
If you are looking for a real estate agent, keep all of these points in mind. If you choose to hire an agent who you later realize is not a good fit, don’t feel obligated to keep working with them. A real estate agent works for you—if they aren’t doing the job the way you’d like it to be done, find a new agent.
Remember, however, that agents are professionals and are probably more knowledgeable about the real estate market than you are. No go out and sell your home!