Real Estate Agents
an Agent Getting the best possible price for your home depends on
your choosing the right real estate agent.
Agents typically charge a commission based on the final selling price
– and the lowest commission isn't always the best.
Other factors to consider are the agent’s negotiation skills,
their profile, their marketing plan for your property and their database
of prospective buyers. There are several types of agreements you can
have with your agent, but the most popular is an exclusive agreement.
This is where one agent handles your property and a fee is payable
only if they sell it.Most agents also suggest a minimum contract period
of about three months. After that you are free to look for another
agent if dissatisfied.
Tips for finding your agent
recommendations from people you trust and confirm the agent’s
Research how active the agent is in the local area, including how
many properties they have recently sold and at what price.
What sales successes have they had, both as an individual agent and
as an office?
How frequently will they keep in touch with you during the sales process?
Test an agent’s response time by emailing them to get in contact
with you. If they do not get back in touch promptly, can you rely
on them to get back in touch with potential buyers?
Discuss what type of marketing plan the agent will produce for your
property and what sort of results to expect.