Choosing an agent
Whether you are selling your lifetime home or an investment property, searching and choosing a real estate agent is a big decision. Here are some ideas when choosing an agent:
- Research potential agents just like you would properties. Attend open homes and see the agents at work. You don’t have to choose open homes of properties that are similar to yours, just use the opportunity to see how your agent presents an open house and deals with potential buyers. Do they in fact try and sell the home, do they follow up, do they act in the best interest of the vendor?
- It’s important that you choose an agent with proven experience selling similar properties to yours in similar areas.
- You need an agent who can offer advice on local knowledge, and one who has the social skills to transform a promising lead into an agreed upon sale. They are selling a lifestyle, not just a home and so they should be knowledgeable on all information relating to schools, transport and demographics.
- Choose an agent that you are comfortable with. You need to be very honest with an agent during the selling process and hence you need to make sure you are comfortable with the agent and can have open honest communication with.