Monday, April 21, 2008

How to Find a Real Estate Agent to Sell your House

We signed up a real estate agent to sell our house in Denver. We interviewed several brokers (I'd recommend that you do too) and decided on this one for several reasons:

  1. He was confident enough that he could sell our house that he offered a reduced commission (3.0% instead of 3.2%).
  2. Included in his commission is the cost of an appraisal, professional photos, professional staging, and cleaning of the house prior to photos.
  3. We liked how he planned to market our house with a big focus on the Internet (which is how we looked searched for houses in Dallas).
  4. His firm was listing several houses in our neighborhood so they clearly knew the area.

I recommend asking the following questions when interviewing a real estate broker.

  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What % of asking price do you typically sell a house for?
  • What is the average length of time a house listed by your agency is on the market before it sells?
  • How many agents does your firm have?
  • How many houses is the agency listing right now?
  • How do you plan to market my house?
  • What repairs/improvements do you think I need to make to my house before putting it on the market?

I'll keep you posted on how our listing and (hopefully) sale goes.