The size and nature of a real estate transaction requires an agent you can trust to act in your best interest. Finding the right agent can be a chore in itself. Consider asking friends and neighbors for recommendations to find a good agent.
- Talk to several agents before picking the one you want to work with.
- Walk through your home with an agent to get a feel for how that person will handle prospective buyers.
- Ask prospective agents how they plan to market your home.
- Don’t sign with an agent just because he or she suggests the highest asking price.
- Negotiate the broker’s commission prior to listing your home, and sign for a limited period of time—usually three to six months.
Remember: you’re agent has a fiduciary obligation to act in your best interest. They are there to represent you in the real estate transaction, and the value of their skills and experience should not be underestimated.