At Dooley and Mason, we have experienced multiple of occasions, where homeowners are quick to hire their friend, family member, or an agent they found advertised on the newspaper without doing any research. You want your agent to bring in the best value for your home that you feel happy to sell. We’ve prepared some questions to ask before you choose a real estate agent:
What is your strategy to sell my home? A good agent will think up a few marketing plans to help drive more visitors to your home, which can increase potential buyers to take further action. They will put you as the priority and make sure you have enough exposure on the main real estate listings like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin. Successfully marketing your home should also include preparation and staging. A good agent will review your home and provide suggestions on how to capture a buyer’s attention. Small things you may not notice like brightening up the room and small repairs will bring in maximum viewing impact.
How many homes have you sold in the last 12 months? It is important for you to know how experienced the agents are, and to see what kind of houses they have been selling. Be curious and ask how they approached houses that they sold previously, what kind of challenges did they face, and how long did the whole process take. The last thing you need is dealing with agents who can’t properly handle your home situation
How much should I sell my home? We all want to sell our home at the highest price, however, keep in mind that only the market will be able to tell you the price of your home. Your agent should provide a list of similar homes for sale in the area, and most importantly homes that have recently sold. Agents should also include a complete walk-through of the interior and exterior of your home. Once all of the data has been collected, you and the agent will compromise the value of the home in the current housing market.
How often will we get in contact? Secure communication is essential when making one of the most important decisions in your life. A good real estate agent will actively keep you in the loop at all times. Whether it be through phone calls, texts, emails, or a combination, being proactive will provide your agent with a clear understanding of your expectations.
Is this your full-time job? Selling your home should be your agent’s number one priority. Don’t waste your time with part-time agents who can’t always be there for you.
Hiring the right agent can make a huge impact when selling your home. Our team at Dooley and Mason, are trained and experienced. We take the time and listen to your needs, and we want to make sure we tackle any problems or concerns you or the home may have and suggest a handful of selling strategies that will bring in the most for your home. If you are looking to sell in the North Reading, Lynnfield or Wilmington area, please feel free to get in touch with us at 978-664-1300 or fill in our online contact form.