Choosing a real estate agent is one of the most important tasks when selling a home. A good seller's agent can help get your home more exposure, connect you with the right buyers, and ultimately result in a faster, more profitable sale. However, finding the best seller's agent for your home isn't always as easy as it might seem.
While real estate agents require a wide range of skills, certain skills are even more crucial for agents working with sellers. If you're interviewing agents to help sell your home, you should always look for someone with these three essential skills.
1. Strong Communication Skills
While real estate has a highly technical side, communication is also crucial. Staging your home, creating a listing, and arranging for showings is only the first step. Once buyers begin to make serious offers, part of your seller's agent's job will be to help you sort through those offers and, where necessary, negotiate to close the sale.
You'll also be spending a substantial amount of time working with your agent, so good communication is essential so that they can understand your needs and properly represent your interests. Always spend some time talking with any prospective seller's agents so that you can ensure your communication styles mesh and you are comfortable with their negotiating skills.
2. Good Marketing Capabilities
Marketing often makes or breaks a home sale, with good marketing going a long way to ensure that the best possible buyers find and view your home. A real estate agent with a strong marketing background can effectively represent your home on the market, finding and demonstrating the qualities that will most likely appeal to buyers in your area.
Don't be afraid to ask for examples or request sales plans. A good seller's agent should be able to tell you how they intend to market your home and show you some of their previous work (or, at a minimum, some sample listings). This information can help you decide if an agent is a good fit for how you want to represent your home on the real estate market.
3. Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is an essential part of every real estate transaction. In addition to finding the tiny details in your home to highlight (or minimize) in your listing, your agent will also need to help you carefully analyze offers and vet your buyers. This final step is crucial to finding a good buyer for your home and avoiding issues that can delay or derail your closing.
Fortunately, spending a little time interviewing and talking with prospective agents should help you understand if they have the skills necessary to sell your home. Taking the time to choose a strong seller's agent for your home will give you the best chance of quickly selling your home for the best possible price.
Reach out to local real estate agents to find the right fit for you.