Selling your home is a major life decision, and the Realtor you hire will play a significant role in helping you reach your goals. You’ll want to work with someone you trust and who meets your expectations, so you may want to interview a few listing agents before you agree to work with someone. Here are a few questions you can ask:
1. Are you a Realtor?
This may be the most important question. Certified Realtors, like all of us at Nix Realty Company, agree to abide by a strict code of ethics and to treat all parties fairly. Plus, we have access to resources that can help sell your home quickly and for the best price.
2. What is your real estate experience?
There’s no ideal number of years’ experience a listing agent should have – but you may prefer to work with someone who has experience with certain types of transactions. And you’ll definitely want to look for a Realtor with a Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) certification like I have.
3. What forms do you use?
Ask prospective listing agents if you can review the documents you’ll be asked to sign when selling your home, which may include a seller’s disclosure, a listing agreement and contracts for the sale. We Realtors have access to more than 100 forms that may apply to your situation and offer consumer protections that the Texas Real Estate Commission’s promulgated forms don’t provide.
4. How do you market your listings?
We can provide examples of how we have marketed previous properties. We can also suggest ways that you can prepare your home to show well, or offer services such as hiring a home stager and using a professional photographer for listing photos.
5. How long on average do your listings stay on the market?
You may also want to ask how this compares to your market. This can give you an idea of how quickly our listings sell.
6. How close have your sale prices been to your list prices?
This can give you a general idea of our pricing strategy, but other factors can contribute – an especially hot market like San Antonio, for example.
7. What is your experience selling homes in my area?
Housing-market characteristics can vary from city to city and even among neighborhoods. You may want to work with an agent who has sold properties in your area and understands what attracts buyers to the community.
8. May I have a list of references?
Ask if you can contact a few of our former clients and hear what their experience working with us was like. References can comment on their overall satisfaction and our negotiating skills and responsiveness. Feel free to have a look at my client testimonials here on my site.
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114 Wyanoke Dr. in San Antonio’s Bel Meade neighborhood is listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Suzanne Simpson. It’s a fabulous mid-century modern home, all updated, open concept, dual masters, three fireplaces, new pool and outdoor bonus room. House offers large windows, bringing abundance of light from outside to indoors. Master bath offers garden tub and separate shower. Master bedroom is split, fireplace, walk-in closet. Backyard is an outdoor oasis, wonderful landscape with artistic design. Quiet street, desirable 78209 location.
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