Choosing a Real Estate Agent

You’ve lived in your house for 30 years and now it’s time to sell. Should you try to sell it on your own or do you get a realtor Choosing a real estate agent will be one of the most important decisions you will make and it’s a decision that you should not rush into.

You should do your research before you sign on with any realtor. Selling your house is a major life altering decision. Too many house sellers call the first number they see on a lawn sign while driving around and use them. Others call the first number listed in the phone book. Just because a realtor is popular or begins with the letter A doesn’t mean they are right for you.

When choosing a realtor you may want to choose a company that has been in the business for many years. Chances are they would have past experience with selling a house similar to yours. This is the time to get references from people who have sold their homes recently. See if they had good experiences with a particular realtor and THEN do your homework to see if that particular realtor is right for you.

Another factor to consider is the level of education your Real Estate Agent has. In some states it is pretty easy to get a real estate license, in others like New Jersey, you must have approximately 60 hours of class time before you can site for your license exam. After you receive your license and choose a real estate agency to work from you still have to take refresher classes each year to keep your license in good order.

Ask for credentials; check to see if your realtor or real estate agent has won any awards or has any advanced real estate licenses. For example some real estate agents also are appraisers or mortgage brokers. This shows they are in business for the long haul.

Ultimately, go with your gut feelings. If a possible realtor tells you that they can sell your house for much more than the appraised value, don’t trust him. He is wasting your time and you won’t have a happy selling experience. Each sale is important to you and the realtor. If you feel like you are just another sale it’s time for a new realtor.

A realtor can be a huge help when selling your house… or they can be major obstacle and create problems. Chose carefully. You and your money will be spending a lot of time with this person.

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