Please find below ten of the most important questions that should be considered when selling your home. Before you select an agent, it may be a good idea to have an agenda to help provide the meeting with structure and determine the most suitable agent for you. After all if you don’t have the best agent representing you, you can’t expect the best results.
1) REPUTATION: What do others say about the Agency and the sales consultant? What is the agent known for? Are they reachable? Would they cut corners to make a deal? Can you trust them with your house keys?
2) TRACK RECORD: How many sales have the sales agent made in the past 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 5 years? You need your sales agent to be active in the current market. Sales made in years gone by do not qualify your agent to represent you in today’s market unless they are still highly active. Is the agent proven as a success over a sustained period?
3) CREDIBILITY: How many properties have the agent sold locally in the past 1-5 years? Where have they sold them? What type of properties? What do their clients say? Does the agent have written references?
4) SKILLS: What is the sales agent’s ‘Average Days on Market’? Can they close? How is their marketing skills and acumen?
5) APPROACH: How will buyers be found? How will the highest price be achieved? Does the agent understand the different types of buyers and how to achieve “Buyers highest price”.
6) AGENCY: Is the agency an active member of REIWA? What is the office/ agent personal conjunction policy?
7) SERVICE: How many written testimonials can the agent show dated in the past 12 months from satisfied clients? Do they show them on their website? (Check ours if you like).
8) RESOURCES: What are the internet capabilities of the agency? How many registered buyers does the agent have right now for the property? IS their website fast to load, attractive to buyers, easy to find?
9) RISK REVERSAL/ PEACE OF MIND: If you are not totally satisfied with the service, are you “stuck” with the agent or can you be released without penalty to appoint another agent?
10) PROFESSIONAL AND ONGOING DEVELOPMENT: What professional training seminars has the agent attended in the past 12 months and what ongoing professional development have they undertaken to keep abreast on industry leading trends and techniques?