Your home is a significant investment, and it deserves the professional attention of a real estate agent when the time comes to sell. The goal is to sell the property as quickly as possible with the highest return on that investment. Choosing the right Maryland real estate agent to sell your property is one of the keys to a successful transaction. Before you begin your search, check out the answers to frequently asked questions.
Where should I look?
Friends and family members are good places to start when it comes to information on local real estate services. Ask them about recent experiences. Begin your research using their recommendations. Listen to the positive and the negative reviews. These reviews can help you avoid the costly mistake of choosing the wrong person to represent you during the home selling process.
My sister is a real estate agent. Can’t I just have her help me?
It may seem like the perfect idea to have a close family member work with you during this new adventure, but your close bond could backfire when stressful situations arise. Choose representation that is outside your circle of relationships and family connections. Damage to friendships and relationships with your relatives aren’t easy to repair, especially when there is so much at stake.
What kind of real estate agent do I choose?
If you are selling a luxury home, you want a real estate agent that knows the unique circumstances involved in the sale of such a property. Similarly, if you are selling a farm property, you want a person who understands the marketing aspects of selling that type of home. Find a real estate agent who communicates at a high level, knows how to reach potential home buyers, and listens to your needs. A real estate agent who provides honest feedback is valuable during the selling process.
I found an agent I like. What now?
Sit down with the real estate agent and ask serious questions about their experience and knowledge. Create a list of questions, so you aren’t at a loss for words when you sit down for the interview. Ask about the agent’s recent sales record, their knowledge of the community, and how long their listings typically stay on the market. Make sure they are a good fit before entering into a contract.
I called several times, but they haven’t returned my calls. Should I call again?
If they aren’t answering your phone calls now, this lack of attention is a good indicator of the level of service you can expect. If they aren’t motivated to respond to your call, they won’t be motivated to sell your home. Choose the next agent on your list for an interview, and give them a call. Always be clear about your expectations when it comes to communication.
They promised to sell my house in 3 days. Isn’t that great?
While that is an incredible promise, don’t allow it to distract you with unrealistic expectations. Big promises won’t get your property sold. Look for an agent who speaks with integrity. Your home won’t sell overnight, and you will need patience for the adventure.
Once I find an agent, I just let them handle everything?
Your real estate agent is a valuable guide during the selling process, but you are the one with the final say in all decisions. Selling your home is a big decision that can cause powerful emotions. Trust your agent to offer you the best advice based on their knowledge and experience.
What if I decide they don’t meet my needs?
Before you sign a contract with the agent, be sure that you understand the exit procedure. The hope is that you won’t need to use that knowledge, but if things don’t go as planned, it’s best to know what is expected to end the contract.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give Jeffrey Ganz a call today at 240-353-3390 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.