Q.  We are thinking about selling our home soon.  How do we select the best real estate agent?

 

A. Before you hire a real estate agent there are several things you want to think about.  While it might be nice to have cousin Sal list your house or your best friend’s husband, remember this is a business decision.  You want to hire the best person for the job. 

 

      First, interview several agents with at least 3-4 years of experience and a solid record of sold properties.  They should be knowledgeable about your neighborhood, community, and houses similar to yours. They should have good pricing skills and know the current market conditions.  Be sure to ask for references!  Next, compare marketing plans and resources used for selling your home.   Look for innovative ways the agent uses to target and attract the right kind of buyer for your home.  The more traffic they can generate, the higher your odds of getting your home sold fast and for the best price.  Next, select an agent who is affiliated with a reputable company with good community exposure.  Finally, you want an agent who is compatible with you and who communicates well.

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