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Does it really matter which Realtor I use?

Of Course It Does

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Let's look at why. There is a lot more that goes into selling your home than simply sitting at the negotiation table with the buyer. Your Realtor has to market your home well enough to get the buyer to show up to your negotiation table in the first place.  If your Realtor isn't using the most up-to-date marketing techniques then they are already wasting time and hurting your home's value.  Don't necessarily choose a Realtor simply because they are a friend-of-a-friend, or because they're your neighbor's in-law.  Those scenarios could lead to an awkward situation if anything was to go wrong during the process of selling your home. It is wise to use the same standards you would use to choose a lawyer or auto mechanic and hire the best of the best.

A few questions you could think about:

  • "Does your Realtor have the connections to keep your home in front of potential buyers?" Whether that means the Realtor is using their company's resources to advertise, or knowing the right guy to fix a hole in the wall before anybody comes to see the house, your Realtor's connections are assets for you to take advantage of.
  • "Did you hire a full-time Realtor, or someone who can only return your phone calls and set up meetings when they aren't at their other job?" All Realtors weren't created equal and they come in different shapes and sizes, which is why you should carefully choose the best Realtor for your situation.
  • "Has your Realtor taken advantage of ongoing education that was available to them?" Some Realtors only learn the bare minimum while others enjoy learning more about their craft.

One way to determine who the best Realtor is, is checking a realtors stats on Bestagenttoday.com. The website displays information that can be helpful to determine who you want to help you sell your home. You can find out how many transactions the agent has made in the last 12 months, as well as how many of those transactions were condos or single family homes. A Realtors average market time may also be important to know if you are on a schedule.  You can also check on their average sales price.