Most home sellers have the same basic goals. They want to get their home sold quickly and want the process to be as smooth and seamless as possible. And of course, they’d like to get the best possible selling price.
To accomplish those goals, it’s important to choose the right listing agent—a partner who knows the local markets and can price and market your home as effectively as possible.
Note that not all agents are created equal, and it’s smart to do some due diligence. Here are some questions you should ask a potential agent as you consider their assistance in the sale of your home.
6 Things to Ask Your Selling Agent
1. How long have you been in residential real estate?
It’s well within your rights to seek an agent who has some experience. Don’t hesitate to ask how long they’ve been in real estate; how many homes they have sold; and what credentials they hold. Also clarify that they are devoted to residential real estate—not commercial real estate, which is really a very different field.
2. How will you market my house?
Houses don’t sell themselves, and a good agent will pull out all of the stops to get the word out—including open houses, virtual tours, an MLS listing, a social media push, and more. Always feel free to ask for as many details as you’d like!
3. What is the local market like right now?
Or, to keep it even simpler, ask how many homes they’ve sold in your area this year—a good way to check the pulse and get a feel for the market conditions you’re dealing with.
4. How will you communicate with me?
Will the agent call you with daily updates? Will they text? Should you expect emails? Look for an agent who will keep in touch, and with whom you think you will feel comfortable contacting with any questions that arise. Also, look for someone whose communication style fits your own; if you don’t like email, don’t go with an agent who is email-focused!
5. Are you familiar with my price range?
Simply put, if you’re selling your starter home, you don’t necessarily need someone who specializes in big, luxury properties—and vice versa.
6. How long would you anticipate my home being on the market?
Agents can’t predict the future, and it’s unfair to expect them to—but they can and should be candid with you and set clear expectations.
Find a Listing Agent in the Charlotte Area
As you interview potential agents in the Charlotte area—including Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville—don’t forget the Ryan Minges team! We have roots in the area and a passion for helping sellers. We’d love to talk with you today, and to answer any questions you may have about your listing.
Reach out to Ryan Minges Real Estate today and let’s discuss your Charlotte home sale.