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Selling your home is a big deal. Not just a big financial deal—it’s emotional and time-consuming as well. If you’re going to put that kind of time, money and sentiment on the line, it’s best to work with a professional real estate agent who will make your effort worthwhile.
Out of the millions of real estate agents who hold licenses in the U.S., only a fraction of them actually make a living selling homes. And of those, there’s an even smaller fraction of agents who are at the top of their game, and that’s the kind of agent you want helping you sell your home.
Dave describes these agents as high-octane, high-energy real estate professionals. Spotting these super agents can be tough because any reasonably good agent will try to sell you on their experience and skills. But you’re not looking for a reasonably good agent—you’re looking for an agent who will knock your socks off!
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What Does the Right Agent Look Like?
Here are a few tips to help you choose an agent you can trust to exceed your expectations:
First impressions: Your first contact with an agent will tell you a lot. An agent who wants your business will return your call immediately—within minutes if possible. If you’re waiting days to hear back . . . well, you can be sure that agent isn’t focused on super-serving you.
Experience speaks for itself: Real estate is a tough business. So an agent who’s been successful for at least five years clearly enjoys their work. With 10 or more years under their belt, you can trust that this agent knows what they’re doing—especially if they close on 40 or more home sales transactions each year. Most agents close on just a handful of homes in a year.
Planning ahead: Ask prospective agents how they will market your home. They should be able to outline their plan and tell you how each step will attract buyers and get your home sold. If you feel like an important component is missing, ask about that too. A good agent will explain why certain strategies may not work in your market.
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Confidence in their abilities: Remember, you’re hiring an expert, but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever disagree with your agent. If that happens, your agent should back up their suggestions with comps or sales data so you know their advice is based on prior experience. If your agent tries to bully you into following his recommendations or simply bows to your demands, this isn’t the agent for you.
An Easy Way to Find the Right Agent
Most homeowners sign a contract with the first agent they interview, but it’s best to talk with a number of agents before you make your decision. We can put you in touch with several agents in your area who have earned Dave’s recommendation as a real estate Endorsed Local Provider (ELP).
Each of our ELPs meets the requirements we mentioned above, so you already know they’ve got what it takes to get your home sold. All you have to do is choose the agent you feel you’ll work best with. Find your ELP today!