How to Choose a Real Estate Agent to List Your Home

If you don’t want the hassle trying to sell your house on your own, finding a local real estate agent is an good option. Real estate agents have the knowledge, specialized skills and resources to help you sell your home as quickly as possible.

Here are a few simple ways in which you can find a real estate agent.

  1. Ask for a referral from friends, family or co-workers
  2. Attend an open house
  3. Call or visit a local real estate office
  4. Search online or find an agent listed in a real estate website

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent to List Your Home

In most cases, you’ll find someone right away that you connect with and feel confident in working together. However, it can be good to take this process a step forward by doing do a little more research to learn more about an agent’s record and potential. The information you obtain may have a greater bearing on who you select to serve you. Here are some questions to consider.

  1. Do they have a list of recent clients you can reach out and talk to about their experience with the agent.
  2. What is their knowledge of the area in which you are selling your home?
  3. How long have they been in the business? Are they being mentored?
  4. Do they have any credentials such as special certifications or designations? What do they mean and how did they obtain them?
  5. Do they have any real estate awards or recognition?
  6. How many houses have they sold in the past 6 months or year?
  7. Do they have any license or disciplinary actions? Start with contacting the local real estate board and state real estate commission to inquire about this.

Good real estate agents, no matter how long they’ve been in the business, are those that will work hard on your behalf and communicate with you regularly. So whether they are new to real estate or seasoned, find one that you can feel confident in and is a good fit for meeting your needs.


4 comments

  • I do like that the article brings up local knowledge as a factor to look for. After all, it can be much easier to sell a home if the agent knows about the neighborhood it is in. That way they can answer any questions that the potential buyers might have. http://www.firstchoicerealestate.net/meet-the-team?_rdr

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  • My favorite part of your blog is when you suggested researching how long a real estate agent has been in business and if they are being mentored to make sure that you’ll choose the right real estate agent for you. I need to hire a real estate agent that can help me in buying a house. What I want is to make sure that I will be guided expertly in buying a house, so I’d like to find a real estate agent that’s well versed in buying single homes. Thanks! http://www.homesweethome4u.net/Pages/Staunton_VA.aspx

    Sharon Wilson-Smith
  • Thanks for letting me know that you should find a real estate agent who has a good list of past clients you can contact to get more information about their experience with the agent. I think that hearing personal experiences is a really good way to gauge how well working with a professional is likely to go. Being able to speak with a few clients would give me a lot of peace of mind about my decision, so I’ll definitely choose a real estate agent who is willing to give me contact information like that. http://www.bobwaldron.com/Pages/Playa-del-Rey-Real-Estate.aspx

    Lillian Schaeffer
  • I like that you suggested checking if the real estate agent that you’re interested in has past clients who you can talk to about their experience with the agent. My husband and I are planning to sell our house soon. What we want is to ensure a stress-free and smooth selling process, so we’d like to find a real estate agent that’s highly recommended by their past clients because of their excellent service. http://www.thebrooklynbroker.com/sellers/default.aspx

    Ellen H.

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