Selling Your Home-Picking the Perfect Realtor
Unless you are willing to undertake the major task of selling your home, then odds are
you will need to hire a realtor to handle the job on your behalf. The realtor that you
choose is important. You want to pick someone that you can work well with, and that will
be willing to go along with your wishes, and someone that you feel confident will really
work to sell your home. Some realtors have so many homes assigned to them at once that
they canít really focus on all the small details, which could mean that your home will
spend much longer on the market than you likely want it to. It is important to take your
time and choose the perfect realtor, so that your home sells quickly, and for the best
You will want to take some time to do some research on the local realtors in your area, so
that you can narrow down your search. Donít just pick a realtor out of the phone book at
random and list your home with them that would definitely be a bad idea!
Once you have done your research and narrowed your list down to no more than five
candidates, you should do some interviews, so that you can make a final decision. You
will want to take some time to talk to and get to know each realtor, so that you can get a
feel for how well you would work together, which is important. There are also some key
questions that you should ask during the interview, so that you can make the best choice.
You first of all want to find out how many current homes the realtor has for sale, and
where those homes are being advertised at. If the realtor seems overwhelmed with work,
or has many homes, this could be a sign that you might want to look for someone else,
especially if you want your home to sell rather quickly. Ask the realtors that you
interview how they will be marketing your home if you decide to list with them, and how
long they think that it would take for the home to sell. Find out how long the realtor has
been in the business, which can help give you a better idea of how much knowledge and
experience they have. Donít be afraid to ask for references. What is their policy on
communication, how often will you receive updates on the sale of your home, and how
long does it typically take them to return calls and emails?
You may also want to find out during these interviews whether the realtor you are talking
to handles all transactions, or whether they have employees that share the workload.
Some people would prefer to deal directly with the realtor, and not their underlings.
Likewise, you should ask if the realtor will be present at the time of closing, or whether it
will be handled by a partner.
Once you have done all of your interviews, take the time to compare your notes and try to
decide which realtor you prefer to handle the sell of your home. If you asked for and got
references, now would be the time to check them. You should also take the time to check
out the realtors credentials as well. You want to make certain that the realtor you used is
licensed in your state.
Once you have made your choice, take the time to go over the contract terms with your
realtor, including fees and extra costs you will be required to pay. Some realtors are
willing to negotiate on these fees, so keep that in mind.
Make certain that above all else you are comfortable talking to and dealing with your
realtor, and feel confident that they can handle the sell of your home.