Here’s a great article on hiring a real estate agent. It truly is imperative that you find the right fit for you. Look for someone that has a good reputation for working hard on behalf of their client. If you are a seller, you are paying top dollar and want to know that you are going to get your money’s worth. I recommend that you “interview” three local agents, getting them to do a market evaluation, to find out who can benefit you the most.
More and more agents are realizing the importance and value of staging a property, and know that a staged home will sell faster and bring a higher value. Not only does it benefit you as a client but it makes their job a lot easier too. I have connections with some agents who are willing to pay for my initial consultation on their new listings and at least one that will credit you half of your staging fees upon closing if you carry out a minimum of 75% of my recommendations for prepping the home. If your agent recommends staging, don’t take it as an insult – it just means that they care and want the best results for you.
If you want to know which ones don’t care, browse through the MLS listings and look for things like unmade beds, buckets and mops sitting on a counter, laundry laying on the floor, dirty dishes sitting on the counter or in a sink, fridges covered in magnets and pictures, clutter, etc. That’s a huge red flag that should tell you to stay clear of that agent. They haven’t done themselves or their client any favors by doing this. Your home will stand out all right…as the one that no one wants to view.
Don’t let an agent bully you into letting them take pictures until you are ready. It’s to your advantage to wait until you have everything in order. Give yourself time to get ready. By calling me in early, you will know where to best spend your time and energy and get the best bang for your buck.
Contact me today to see how I can help you make your home stand out and get noticed and to give you my recommendations for hiring an agent in this area.