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How to find a real estate agent
Get the best possible price for your property
Open Agent's top property tips
With a hot property market and a bumper spring selling season, you might be wondering how to find a real estate agent who will help you get the best possible price for your property.
1. Can They Sell...Well?
Don't focus on only on how many sales an agent is able to make, but whether they tend to get good results for their clients. Do they tend to sell for a higher price than others in the area?
2. Are They Local Area Experts?
An agent that does not have expertise in your specific area for your specific property is more likely to take a generalised approach to advertising it. A local expert will be able to position your property in a way that appeals to the right buyers for the area and advertise in the right places, as well as answer important buyer questions about the community.
3. Are They Responsive?
Ask yourself, how hard is it to get in touch with this agent? After all, if they can't find time to talk to you, how will they find time to sell your property, or talk to potential buyers?
4. Are They Skilled Negotiators?
An agent who is experienced in negotiating is more likely to secure sales on the client's terms. Rather than settling for a quick turnover, skilled negotiators are more resilient and realistic in procuring a sale.
5. What Is Their Commission Rate?
You pay for what you get. Low-commission agents often have reduced focus on individual properties and aim for turnover, not value. By cutting costs, you could be losing out on a premium price for your property. On the other hand, if you don’t speak to the top two or three agents in the area, you lose the chance to compare their commissions and make sure the price you are paying is fair.
6. Are They Experienced?
Experienced agents tend to be more realistic and thorough than over-eager new agents. They have an established ability with extensive networks, resources and marketing knowledge.
7. What Is Their Reputation?
Real estate is all about people and networking. Feedback from people who were in similar situations and have worked with the agent before can indicate whether a real estate agent is worth your time and property. You earn the reputation you deserve!
8. Trust Your Instincts
Meet with your agent face to face and trust your natural reactions. It can tell you things research can't. You've got enough things to worry about when selling your home – trusting your agent shouldn't be one of them.