09th Oct 2014
Selling your property on your own is certainly possible, but it can be like any do-it-yourself job – the job will still get done, but the end result won’t be as polished as if a professional had taken care of it. Working with a qualified real estate agent will open up your property to larger markets of potential buyers, and present your property in a way that will entice more people to consider buying. Marketing techniques such as professional photography and even video options can be available. Your chosen agent will also have experience in sales and negotiations, which means there’s a higher likelihood of getting a price that you’ll be really happy with. Depending on market conditions, the right agent may also be able to secure a result faster for you, freeing you up to make your next move sooner.
Selling your property can be a fairly overwhelming experience. There’s a lot of things to think about – finding the right agent to help you is just one of them. Thankfully, if you do find the right real estate agent, they’ll be able to guide you through and help make the process easy (and profitable!). Here’s a few things to think about when choosing your real estate agent.
Does the agent know the area well? It’s a good idea to find out how much experience the agent has with selling properties in your area. Has the agent sold many properties before yours? Do they have a good track record of sales and happy clients?
Is the agent easy to communicate with? Make sure your agent is willing to meet with you and is reasonably easy to get in contact with. If they make you feel as if you’re not important or not worth your time, they aren’t worth your time (or money!)
Your real estate agent should have a passion for the work. It can be difficult to describe, but you should be able to see that your agent has your best interests in mind. Are they interested in your property? Are they asking a lot of questions and really listening to what you want? Are they honest and realistic about market conditions?
Your agent should be able to explain the process of selling your property clearly. It can be a daunting process, but the agent should be able to detail what’s happening and what’s required at every step. This is particularly helpful when it comes to the administration side of things – the legal and financial information can be navigated much easier with someone who’s done it before.
Once you’ve decided who you would like to help you represent your property, go for it! Your agent will be able to explain the next steps from here!