Due to the anti-real estate agent sentiment and the promise of saving lots of money, selling as a FSBO seller has never been more popular. Over the past 10 years, selling the home yourself, or FSBO (For Sale By Owner), became popular and marketing companies selling FSBO kits and promotional materials have quickly cashed in on the craze. Internet shopping for homes has increased in popularity and it’s much easier now for the do-it-yourself home seller to promote their own house. But I don’t think that’s the reason FSBOs became popular.
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No matter how bad the market becomes, there will always be buyers and sellers. Make sure that you fall into one of those categories. If you are getting ready to list your house, there are several things you can do to ensure that your house sells as soon as possible for as much as
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A real estate agent that inflates a list price beyond reality just to get the listing is deceptive and may be harmful to the sale of your house. The deceptive practice of inflating the list price is effective because the client wants to hear that their house is worth a high price. Bad agents are more than eager to feed into this delusion. Good agents base their suggested list prices on real conditions so they will be lower than an inflated price. If you want to get the most for your house, and everybody does, you’d naturally pick the real estate agent with the inflated price. Now you’re falling victim to the Inflatable Agent’s trap. I see this sort of thing happening all the time. If all of the real estate agents were honest with their recommended pricing, the list prices should be very similar. Never use price as a factor for choosing an agent. Here’s why it will work against 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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Not every real estate agent is worth having. How can you tell a good agent from a bad real estate agent? Here are the top 10 signs that you might have hired a bad real estate agent…
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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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AgentHarvest connects buyers and sellers with successful real estate agents. Because we hand-select our agents on a case-by-case basis, our agent selection process is different from most referral-based companies. We do not pre-select or assign territories or ask for any fees or subcriptions to reserve an area for an agent for any referral. Because we’re operate differently from the typical referral company, many agents have expressed interest in working with AgentHarvest to receive client referrals and want to understand our agent selection process. This article offers tips on how to stand out from the pack to receive referrals and get future referrals.
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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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