With inventory rising, and days on market rising and only the best marketed properties selling, you may want to read this post about what and who to avoid when hiring an agent to sell your home. Here is some timely advice.
1. Avoid hiring a part time agent, unless they are super accessible, have a long track record, and know what they are doing. Then get references.
2. Ask the agent if they have ever sold a home in your neighborhood. If not, how well do they know the neighborhood? Have them explain what they know. This is not the market to hire someone because you casually know them. This is a professional’s market. Ask the agent who your most likely buyer is, and how they will market to that buyer.
3. Do not hire the agent who tells you what you want to hear, agrees with everything, and suggests the highest list price.
4. Don’t let the agent leave your home without seeing a marketing plan from them. have them show you (other than the MLS) what they do to promote your home. Ask them for a breakdown on where their bueyrs come from. If there is no marketing plan, you will probably be disappointed with the results.
5. Use your instincts. If the agent arrives late to your appointments, wears jeans, fumbles over the pricing of your home, never sold a house in your neighborhood, cannot answer many questions, has another job, has no references, and thinks the market “stinks”, run the other way. Trust your instincts.