Selling your home is a major decision. It is a complex process that takes time and careful planning. Your house is likely the most expensive thing you own, and no doubt, you want to sell your home smoothly and to get top dollar for your property.
If you feel overwhelmed just thinking about all the things that need to be done, stop, and take a deep breath. It does not have to be a stressful process if you have the support of an experienced realtor guiding you every step of the way.
Choose the best realtor to sell your home
There are a few ways to start your search to see which realtors are selling in your local area. You can take a drive around your neighborhood and see which realtor has posted real estate signs. Alternatively, you can go online to find realtors who specialize in Southern Ontario.
Lastly, you can talk to friends or relatives who have recently moved to your local region for recommendations. Regardless of which method you use, try to gather some names and contact information of realtors or real estate professionals that interest you. Then, make an appointment with each of them for an interview at your home.
The meeting with a realtor accomplishes two things. It gives you a chance to describe to the realtor what your current housing situation is, your timeline, and your expectations from the sale. Then, you will get some information about the current real estate environment in your neighborhood. You should get recent sale price data on homes for sale similar to yours in your area so you can see a realistic sale price of comparable homes.
The agent will present to you a marketing plan. The plan should be organized and detailed. It should include methods of publicizing the sale of your home, such as, online ads, direct mail, the multiple listing service, virtual tours, etc. What support will you get in staging your home? How will your home be shown to potential buyers? And how will the realtor keep you updated on activity around your listing?
In addition to marketing your home, the realtor should explain to you what happens when a potential buyer makes an offer, what role the realtor plays in the negotiations, and the general stages that the process goes through once there is an offer and an accepted sale price.
You should ask the realtor about his/her experience in selling homes, what he/she sees are challenges and how he/she deals with them. You want a good negotiator on your side when it comes to a real estate transaction.
Be sure to ask many questions. Ask tough questions and see how the realtor responds to you. If you are unhappy with the realtor’s performance, will you be released from the contract? It is important that you feel comfortable enough to be honest when you talk with the realtor because they will be representing you. Is the realtor sincere and genuine? You want someone who will respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.
Realtors might negotiate on the commission they make. However, avoid basing your decision just on commission. Your realtor is someone whom you will be working in one of the most important sales of your life. You must be comfortable working together. Trust your gut feeling and hire a realtor with a quality reputation, honesty, and a genuine desire to make the sales process as smooth as possible. With real estate experts on your side, you can be assured that you and your house will be in good hands.
Ready to get started on your home selling journey? Contact Mackay Realty Network now to get in touch with one of our agents.