The goal is to sell your home quickly with the best return on your investment. Choosing a seasoned, professional real estate agent to represent you during the home selling process will create an environment for success. Before you begin looking at different agencies, check out this helpful advice on choosing the right Idaho real estate agent.
Where should I look?
Ask friends and family members for their recommendations for real estate agents in your area based on their experiences. People are happy to share positive experiences, but you’ll also hear any negative reviews that could help keep you from making a mistake when choosing an agent. Don’t be shy about asking colleagues about their experiences, too.
My sister is a real estate agent. Can’t I just have her help me?
While the people closest to you can be excellent resources when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, it’s best to choose an agency that is outside of your personal sphere of relationships. Selling a home can create stressful circumstances that may put a strain on friendships and family relationships. Such damage is not easy to repair, so leave them out of the business side of your home sale.
What kind of real estate agent do I choose?
Choose a real estate agent who is a specialist in selling your type of home. If you have a luxury home, find someone who knows the ins and outs of selling luxury properties. A waterfront property has special considerations that a condo doesn’t have when it comes to marketing a listing. You want to catch the eye of as many potential home buyers as possible, so you want someone who knows how to reach the masses best. Choose an agent who communicates at the highest level, gives you honest feedback, and meets your expectations on timely notifications about the transaction.
I found an agent I like. What now?
Once you’ve settled on an agent, set up an interview as soon as possible. Create a list of questions and expectations you can refer to when discussing the plan. Ask about their recent sales, knowledge of the area, and listing length. Make sure you are well versed in their skill set and are confident that their ideals match your own before you enter a contractual agreement with an agent.
I called several times, but they haven’t returned my calls. Should I call again?
An agent who is hard to get in touch with before you’ve even begun a professional relationship will continue to be hard to reach throughout the entire process. Don’t waste precious time waiting for an unmotivated agent to return your call. Move on to the next agent on your list and be clear about your communication needs from the beginning.
They promised to sell my house in 2 days. Isn’t that awesome?
Don’t let yourself get distracted with unrealistic promises that create grand expectations. These glittery promises can’t be trusted. Understand that your property won’t sell overnight. The home selling process takes patience, and a professional real estate agent who can be trusted will always give you the straight answers you deserve.
Once I find an agent, I just let them handle everything?
The agent you choose guides you through the home selling process, but you will always have the final say in decisions. This transaction revolves around your home, one of the biggest investments of your life, and you should be vocal if any situations arise that make you uncomfortable.
What if I decide they don’t meet my needs?
Things don’t always go as planned, and there may be a time when you determine that the agent you chose isn’t working for your situation. Find out the exit procedure ahead of time to limit delays and awkward moments. The hope is that you’ll never need the information, but it’s good to have it on hand in case the need arises.
Your Idaho real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give The Callison Group a call today at 208-249-3431 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.