How to choose the right real estate agent. Image: Fenocchio, Nice by candyschwartz via FlickrSelling your house is a really big decision—the only bigger decision is how to choose the right real estate agent to sell it for you?

There are many hardworking and experienced agents in the real estate business, but each has their own style and you will feel more comfortable working with some than with others.

When answering the question, ‘How to choose the right real estate agent to sell my house?’, there are many issues to be considered.

Let’s take a look at the most important factors that should influence your choice of selling agent.

Choose the right real estate agent: Remember that your agent works for you

If you are an inexperienced seller it’s important that you choose an agent who is able to clearly answer your questions and is happy to help you through the whole process.

It is in your agent’s best interest and yours to gain the highest possible selling price for your house—for that to happen you need to have good working relationship and open lines of communication.

The fact is that you are the client, your agent is your working on your behalf and they won’t get paid for the work they do for you unless they sell your home.

Your agent will advise you based on their experience but, ultimately, you decide the terms of your contract of sale.

Choose the right real estate agent: You can’t beat personal referrals

Talk to your family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours, particularly those who have sold property in your local area.

Ask them which agent and agency they used and how happy they were with the process and the outcome.

Elicit facts about how quickly their homes sold and how close the sale prices were to the asking prices.

Make a short list of the agents/agencies that impressed your personal referees for further investigation.

Choose the right real estate agent: Do your homework

Visit open homes for each of your short-listed agents to see them at work:

  • Are they welcoming, enthusiastic and knowledgeable?
  • Is the home presented well?
  • Are you impressed with the agent’s competence?
  • Would you feel happy to buy a home from them?

Make appointments to meet with the agents of whom you have formed the highest opinions and ask them to detail HOW they will market your property.

Have them value your home and ask them to explain their reasoning.

You can start that process right now, by requesting a free home appraisal by McGrath Real Estate.

After you have worked through the steps above, you should have a sound basis from which to choose the right real estate agent to sell your home.

Choose the right real estate agent: We tick all the boxes

The McGrath Real Estate team knows the real estate market in Adelaide’s western and coastal suburbs like few others.

We’ve been helping people to buy and sell property in this special part of the world for more than 45 years.

Please contact us to make an appointment or obtain a valuation for your home.

 

Image: Fenocchio, Nice by candyschwartz via Flickr. CC BY 2.0