Getting the Right Representation: Selling

By: Lane Hornung

Finding the right representation when selling your home can be a job in itself. There is such a remarkable number of agents and other methods of selling your home these days, how can you be sure that you choose the right one? Hopefully this article will give you some good basic info that will assist in the choice. Essentially you have two basic choices, selling the home yourself or using a realtor.

Selling your home yourself is a dicey choice at best. You will not be able to match the level of service that's provided by a realtor. The home sales process is a complicated one, its also a full time job, so if you have a job yourself, then you will not be able to dedicate the necessary time to your sale.

Also you cannot equal the amount of advertising and media coverage that a realtor can provide. This is possibly the most important aspect of a sale, letting people know that the home is available and all the wonderful assets that it has. If it's not general knowledge that your home is for sale then the chances of it selling are severely limited.

A realtor can provide all these things and more, but with so many realtors available; how can you be sure you have the right one? Hiring a realtor is like conducting a job interview. The successful candidate will have all the right skills to do the job in a timely and professional manner. Don't be afraid to ask the agents what they will do to sell your home, in detail. The more comprehensive their business plan, the better your home's chances of selling. Look for a well developed marketing plan and be sure that they are available and reachable at all times. In choosing a representative for your home its essential to have someone with a good reputation and track record. Never hesitate to ask for references and be wary of someone who can't or seems reluctant to provide them. References are the hallmark of a good agent and are a real indication of their ability.

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