How Do You Find the Best Realtor to Sell Your Home? - Finding the right realtor is essential when it comes time to sell your home. Since your home is most likely the largest and most important asset you have, it’s crucial to find the perfect person to ensure that you sell your home at the right price, in a reasonable amount of time. By asking the right questions, you make sure you find an experienced and qualified realtor who’s going to be passionate about you and your home. But how do you actually find people to ask those questions TO? Begin by asking for referrals from friends and family. That way you know you are getting an honest opinion about how well the realtor did by someone you know and trust. Do some research online, so that you can maximize your time. Then, attend some open houses. That way, you can interact with the realtor and see how they actually work. No matter what you see, it’s safe to assume you can expect that level of assertiveness and professionalism when it comes to your own home. Once you have narrowed down the search to a few potentials, take some time to interview them to find out which one is perfect for you. Just be sure to ask these 6 questions:
1. “Is being a realtor your full-time job?”
You may find that some realtors are only doing this on the side for extra money! You may not want to automatically eliminate someone who isn’t a realtor full-time, but you may want to be wary about how much time and energy they are willing to put into selling your home. Make sure you still see a passion and commitment should realty only be their part-time gig.
2. “How often can I expect to hear from you?”
No one wants a realtor that lists their home and then disappears until the first offer arrives. Conversely, you may not want to hear from your realtor too much. Make sure the realtor knows your expectations when it comes to communication and is willing to touch base with you as often or as little as you think is necessary.
3. “How long have you been selling homes?”
Realty skills are mastered through experience. Although someone new to realty may have the passion and desire to achieve results, it’s hard to replace on-the-job experience with anything else. Realtors with years of experience won’t be caught off guard if there is a curveball thrown during the sale of your home.
4. “How do you plan on marketing my home?”
Where will your home be listed? How often will there be open houses? What types of marketing collateral can you expect? These are all important questions so you aren’t surprised or underwhelmed with how the realtor markets your home.
5. “Can you provide references? “
Even if you received the name of a realtor from a friend or family member, always ask for a list of references and follow up with them. If the realtor is unwilling to provide a list of people who have been happy with their services, it’s very unlikely they are reputable and you should most likely continue your search elsewhere.
6. “What is your average list to sell ratio?”
A great realtor will know this number by heart! A list to sell ratio refers to the price the house was listed versus the price the house sold. This number is important because it shows you the percentage you can also expect to receive based on the list price the realtor suggests.
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