There are so many Realtors in Charlottesville Virginia and they all are marketing themselves as the best, but what are the points that you need to focus on to figure out which agent would be the best fit to list your home for sale.
One of the first things you should make sure is that your Realtor is working full time in the Real Estate profession.
Should you choose the agent who has the most listings? Not necessarily. Sometimes that agent with all of the listings is so overloaded that he doesn't have the time to devote to selling your home that an agent with fewer listings would.
You will want to know what the agent will do to market your home. With over 85% of the buyers beginning their search for a home on line you will want to hire a Realtor with a strong internet presence. One of the first things that you can do is to Google the agent's name. Unless it is a very common name it should come up in multiple places on the first several pages for that name. Where else is the agent active on line? Are they on Active Rain, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and do they have a blog?
Of course, your home should have a sign, be put in the mls, have flyers and be on Realtor.com. But there should be more such as virtual tours, multiple photographs, email flyers, listing syndication which will submit the listing to a large number of websites as well as Craigslist. If your home is a niche property there are niche websites that it can be on as well. And your agent should have their own personal website as well as putting your listing on the company website.
You will also want to make sure that your Realtor is available to communicate feedback. Also make sure that they respond to your phone calls and emails in a timely fashion.
Other things that you will want to discuss are whether the agent will hold public or Brokers open houses. Public open houses do not usually sell the home, but broker open houses can give agents the opportunity to preview your home and may result in more showings.
If you have a niche property, it is important the your agent have knowledge regarding that particular type of property. For instance, if you are selling a Virginia horse farm, it is particularly helpful if the Realtor if familiar with horses and all of the features that are found on a horse farm. If the agent is part of the equestrian community, he will know how to talk with that particular type of buyer.
There are a lot of Charlottesville homes for sale in the current real estate market, so it is important to do your homework and choose the best agent for the job of selling your home.
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