Have an agent in your corner.
The complexities of selling a home can be daunting. You don’t have the time or inclination to sell it yourself so what should you expect when hiring an agent to list & sell your home?
A specific plan
As your agent we will develop a detailed plan for marketing your home for the best possible price. This plan has many facets, which will include many of the following: doing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to see what your home could sell for, an Absorption Rate (the velocity of homes selling/month), listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and multiple other sites, developing sales flyers, Social Media advertising, “staging” your home to help it look its best, having professional photos taken for advertising, scheduling showings to other agents and brokers as well as scheduling an “open house.”
Your best interests
As your agent, we work for you, so we have an obligation to negotiate the best price and terms for any offers you receive. Ever mindful of any information in the negotiation process that could help your cause. We will screen interested buyers to make sure they are good candidates for your house and are preapproved for a mortgage.
We will be candid with you about any aspects of your home that need attention, such as repairs that could be an impediment to selling. I also have a duty to disclose any material facts about the property to the buyers and their agent. Whenever available and possible we will provide feedback from prospects who have viewed your home. Such critiques could be valuable for sharpening your home’s presentation.
Shepherding the contract and closing process
Once you have accepted an offer and have a sales contract, we will help you navigate the complex steps ahead such as option fees, escrow, dealing with appraisers and inspectors, finding contractors for repairs and much more. This is just one example of how an organized and experienced agent can spare you lots of anxiety as closing day approaches.
Above all, your agent has a fiduciary responsibility to look out for your best interests. Develop an honest and open working relationship with one another. That’s why it helps to network with people you trust to get referrals to respected real estate sales professionals.