Homebuyers are savvier than ever and know how to look for good deals that will increase in value over the years. Today’s buyers are determined and careful on which homes they consider because of the housing market meltdown in the late 2000’s, they are extra cautious. You need to price your home attractively and make notice of the features that the homebuyer will find most valuable.
You could take a gamble and try to figure out how to do it yourself, but most likely, your home will sit on the market while you end up wasting time, money, and energy. However, an experienced real estate agent will get the strategy right the first time. It will save you valuable time and get your home sold at a much better price.
A recent report from the National Association of Realtors shows that homes sold through a real estate agent averaged $230,000 while the average seller without a real estate agent sold their home for just $184,000. That is a big difference.
Steer Clear of Bad Agents
Your home is your largest asset, do not trust a rookie agent who doesn't have experience dealing with buyers in today's housing market. You need an agent who has been in the business for years and has a proven record of selling homes.
Also, stay away from agents who cut their commission to get your business. Often, they're cutting the services that are essential to marketing and selling your home for top dollar.
What Makes a Great Agent?
Finding an expert agent in today's market isn't hard if you know what to look for. Interview at least three agents and pick the one who:
- Is respectful, listens, and is professional.
- Makes you feel comfortable and is willing to answer all your questions.
- Uses the Multiple Listing Service, a system that real estate agents use to help advertise your home to thousands of people.
- Has at least four years of experience as a full-time real estate agent.
- Consistently sells at least 40 homes a year.
The Easiest Way to Find a Great Agent
If you already know of an agent who has those qualifications, great – stick with them. But, if you don't already know one with those qualifications, consider us to help you out. Our team of agents collectively has 30 years’ experience selling homes in our area and ARE experts. We are a top selling team with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and know how to consistently sell homes for top dollar in less time.
For a list of upgrades that you may want to invest in, or if you want an in depth analysis of what your home would sell for in today’s market, contact us at 910-202-3638. A few short minutes speaking with one of our expert agents can save you thousands of dollars!