Questions Home Sellers Should Ask Before Listing
Tips on Choosing a Realtor & Questions Home Sellers Should Ask
When you are looking for an agent to sell your Mississauga Condo or home, you will come across so many part-time and even full-time REALTOR®. You must do your research, and make an informed decision.
So how do you choose the right listing agent for you?
Compare credentials, experience and testimonials. Conduct in-person or over-the-phone interviews. See who makes you feel most confident and comfortable. End of the day, the bottom line is to get your home or condo sold fast, for top dollars, at a commission plan that you are happy with!
The latest Real Estate Market Report shows that home prices are mostly up. This could be the right time to sell your home or condo to either upsize to a bigger home or a builder new condo or to downsize into a smaller home or a condo apartment.
To get the most out of your property, you’ll need to hire a good REALTOR® who knows how to effectively price a property, market it and negotiate with the buyers. With a plethora of choices for which REALTOR® team to go with, you might want to start at the very basics to find the right agent team to list with.
Do the background check
You can shortlist some local REALTORS® by searching the web using specific online search terms or through the Meet a REALTOR® search tool.
When searching online, make sure you review the testimonials and ratings posted online about that specific REALTOR® or REALTOR® Team.
Word of mouth or personal network is perhaps the most popular tool to find a REALTOR®. Even in this case, don’t go merely on recommendations of family or friends. Browse the websites of the the recommended agents and review their credentials & testimonials.
Once you have shortlisted two or three REALTORS®, give them a call or send them an email expressing your interest in selling your home and request for their input.
Enquire about their credentials
What is the difference between a Realtor, Real Estate Agent & Broker?
A REALTOR® is a real estate agent who is a member of a local real estate board, and of the provincial real estate association in the Realtor’s province. The REALTOR® trademark is controlled by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) & identify Real estate professionals who are members of CREA.
A Real Estate Broker is a step above a Real Estate Agent. A Broker generally has more training and subject-matter education than an agent, but not always. A Real Estate Broker can work independently or hire real estate salespersons to work under them.
Experience, trust and name in the market are very important when choosing a REALTOR® as well as the Real Estate Brokerage that they work with.
Ask about their experience selling homes
You should definitely work with a REALTOR® who has at least few solid years of experience selling Mississauga & area detached homes for sale, semi-detached homes for sale, townhomes for sale, condo apartments for sales, even assignment sales of builder new condos. An experienced REALTOR® will bring market knowledge and current market conditions to the table, helping you manage your expectations and receive the best value for your home or condo at that given time.
Find out about their track record
Ask your prospective REALTORS® for their List to Sell Ratio, Days on Market and Sold to Asking Price Ratio. Also enquire about any unique services that they would bring to the table and what their competitive commission plan looks like.
Find out what your home is worth
You shouldn’t simply go with anyone who suggests the highest listing price for your home. Pricing a home is based on some critical information that is uncovered at the time of conducting a Home Evaluation or a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA).
This is based on:
- Analyzing the TRREB MLS recently sold data
- Prevailing real estate market conditions in Mississauga or area
- Setting the marketing strategy to sell your Mississauga or area property
Ask for samples of their marketing strategy
Selling a home does not start and end with putting the listing up on the MLS and conducting a few Open Houses. A robust marketing plan is a must using both offline and online tactics, including home staging, high-res photography, virtual tours (360 being the latest trend), inspiring brochures , social media posts, and more!
These are just some of the questions home sellers should ask before selecting a REALTOR® to list with. Team Kalia is available 7 days a week to answer any of these or other questions that you may have regarding selling your home or condo in Mississauga & Area with us.
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