If you’ve been talking with Texas real estate agents, looking for someone to hire, every agent you interviewed should have given you a copy of the “Information of Brokerage Services” form and asked you to sign a copy for their records. By now, you’re probably thinking, “what is this form and why is every agent insistent on my signing it?” First of all, don’t worry, this form doesn’t obligate you to anything and, with the exception of open houses, every real estate agent licensed in Texas is required to present you with a copy of this form on your first meaningful contact with that agent. If an agent you’re interviewing doesn’t show you this form then don’t hire them. If they fail to follow this state mandated requirement, what other disclosures or representation agreements will they forget to show you?
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Rarely is it a good idea to use the same agent that sold your last house to sell your current house. You should focus on finding an agent that is successful in your new neighborhood instead of using your old agent that was an expert in your old neighborhood. Successful real estate agents focus on a targeted area and because of that focus, they perform better in certain areas than they would in other areas. So the same agent that you used to sell your last house may not perform as well selling your current house.
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Most people will tell you that real estate agents are all the same so it really doesn’t matter which one you decide to hire. If you practice that philosophy, you are guaranteed to have a hard time selling or buying a house. Top producing real estate agents know the market and know how to position your house to sell in that market. They sell houses like chefs prepare exquisite cuisine in high-end restaurants. On the other end of the scale are real estate agents that overprice their listings, don’t market them correctly and don’t aggressively sell their listings, relying solely on fate to sell their listings. Bad agents are like cooks, shoveling greasy food in fast food restaurants. Do you want to hire a chef (top producing real estate agent) or a cook (bad real estate agent)? You should focus on hiring chefs.
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In today’s market, hiring the right agent to sell your house has never been more important. Hiring the wrong agent can delay the sale of your house for months. You need to interview an agent to learn about their background, to see what they know about your neighborhood, and to find out if they are a good fit with you and your lifestyle. Here are some important questions you should ask each agent you interview.
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In the real estate education curriculum, there are probably more seminars that teach an agent how to give an interview presentation than there are classes on how to sell a house. Sadly, most homeowners fall for the highly polished, highly rehearsed presentation and hire the agent without really knowing if they can sell a house. If you follow these interview secrets, you can find out the true worth of your prospective agent.
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While interviewing multiple real estate agents to find an agent to sell your home, you should never tell those agents anything you wouldn’t want the buyer to know. Why? Because you’ll only be hiring one agent and that’s the only agent that must protect your secrets. The other agents may have buyers waiting to make you an offer and since they represent the buyer’s interests, it’s their job to tell that buyer everything you told that agent if they’re interested in buying your house. Imagine trying to negotiate with a buyer that already knows your bottom line and desperation to sell before he ever sets foot in your house.
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