When it comes to selling your house, you obviously want to get the best deal possible, right? And in a market that’s as crazy as real estate, working with a good estate agent is key to getting the money and the time you’re looking for. You want a good price and an even better time period, making sure you’re off the market and home free in less than a few months.
Some estate agents are better than others - and there’s no denying that - so make sure you’re aware of what makes an agent good at their job, above anyone else. Because of this, we’ve put together a short list of such marks for your easy convenience below.
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What’s Their Website Like?
The first thing to do is click through to look at their website, and make sure you like what you see. Is it bare bones? Are there many properties? Are the navigation tabs relevant? If they have a blog section, is it filled with handy, good to know information? And most of all, how recently was the website updated?
If you’d like an example of a good update schedule, be sure to click here for something to base your criteria on. Ask yourself questions like these while browsing and you’ll narrow your search down much faster.
How Good Does the Valuation Sound?
When an estate agent puts in a valuation of your property, and it’s so much more than any quote you’ve heard before (from friends or family, surveyors, the general market consensus, etc.,), it’s a sign you’re being pulled along just for the job. The agent in question wants to reel you in, and before you happily jump on the numbers they’re showing you, you need to take 5 and think about it.
Because an estate agent that’s being honest with you will quote you a valuation that’s about what you think it should be. It should also align with other valuations currently on the market, which makes sure it’s a realistic price that is likely to attract buyers. All in all, the valuation should sound good, because you expected that number, but it shouldn’t sound too good to be true.
What’s Your First Impression of Them?
Once you find an estate agent you think you like, and you’ve only communicated by text or email before now, it’s good to have a face to face meeting just to be sure they’re who you think they are. Once you do, you can get an all around impression of the agent, and make sure you would actually like to work with them.
Make sure you like the way they communicate, and how attentive they are on the job. Do they check in regularly? Do they keep you updated? Are they personable enough for your tastes? It all matters!
When it comes picking the right estate agent, you’ve got to be on the lookout for a few marks in their favor. Some aspects matter more than most!
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