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Home sellers have had it tough the last few years. But even though there are signs that the housing market is recovering, you still need a high-octane, high-energy agent to help you get your home sold quickly and for top dollar.
Are you already working with a top-notch real estate agent? If you think so, great! However, if you see any of these five problems with your real estate agent, you could be missing out:
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Green Isn’t Good
An inexperienced agent often lacks the industry contacts and sometimes even the know-how to handle the home-selling process with ease. Misfiled paperwork or a missed deadline can easily botch your home sale. And when it comes time to negotiate, you’ll want to rely on an experienced real estate agent to get the best deal.
Gone are the days of waiting by the phone to hear from your real estate agent. You can keep in touch via text, email, or even video chat. But if you’re always asking your agent for updates, or if your requests go unanswered, that’s a big red flag. Your agent should make it a priority to keep you in the loop, even if nothing new has happened.
Part of your agent’s job is to attract as many potential customers as possible to view your home—and that means a lot more than putting a sign in your yard and posting a photo to their website. Ask your agent about his marketing plan for your home. Make sure you understand why he is choosing some venues instead of others. There may be a good reason why, and that’s something you need to know.
It’s true that higher priced homes normally result in a higher commission for the real estate agent. But that fact should never come into play in the way an agent represents his clients. Your agent should never treat you as a “lesser” client just because of the price point of your home. Signs of this attitude include lack of communication, showing up late for appointments, little patience for answering questions, and even pressure to increase your asking price without showing you comps to support that decision.
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In the end, the best judge of an agent’s abilities is the results he gets. If you’re going weeks with no showings, no calls and no interest, it’s time for a meeting with your agent. He should have some new recommendations for attracting buyers, and he should be able to explain how his ideas will help get your home sold. But if the problem persists, don’t continue wasting time with the wrong agent.
Work With a Great Agent From the Start
Finding the right agent all comes down to trust. If you trust your real estate agent to act in your best interest at all times, you’ve got the right agent. Dave has built a nationwide network of trustworthy, experienced real estate Endorsed Local Providers. Your ELP is an expert in your market with the experience, attitude and drive to save you time and money on your home sale. Find your ELP today.