Here are some of the important things you should consider when selecting a Macdonald & Wood Sotheby's International Real Estate Agent to sell your home.
Chances are you may already know a real estate agent or a friend or family member may be able to recommend one. Referrals are a great source and good way to know exactly what to expect from an agent. Even if you have an agent in mind, make sure to spend the time to shop around as each agent offers his or her unique qualities to the selling process.
You might start by making a list of things you would expect from your agent, such as:
Required professional licensure
Years of experience
Local knowledge and expertise
Respect in the community
Involvement with local business associations and philanthropic organizations
A demonstrated track record for success
Then, make sure to interview your agent. Here are some of the questions you might ask:
How will you determine the value of my home?
How are you going to sell my house? What is “the plan”? What is the timeline of events?
What have you done to help other sellers prepare their home for sale?
What media (print ads, online) will you use to advertise my home?
What differentiates you and your company from others in the area?
What resources does your company have to support you?
What will be your availability and how quickly will you respond to my inquiries?
What happens if my home is on the market for an extended period of time?
Above all, trust your instincts. There is no real “formula” for choosing a real estate agent so the ultimate decision, and choice, is up to you.
Once you have selected an agent, it’s time to sell your home. With the right agent, this will be a comfortable and enjoyable process.