Find a Real Estate Professional
If you’ve been through the home-buying process, you already know how complicated the real estate business can be. While you can opt to sell your home yourself, it can be time-consuming and often not worth the money saved on commissions.
However, if you do hire a real estate professional as your selling agent, do your homework. Ask friends and family for recommendations, interview several candidates, attend a few open houses and watch the professional in action. Do you think this person would present your house well to potential clients? Watch "For Sale" signs in your neighborhood for the weeks and months before you're ready to put your home on the market to see which real estate professionals sell homes more quickly. You'll need an aggressive real estate agent/Realtor to sell your home in a down market.
When interviewing candidates, ask them to prepare a “comparative marketing analysis” for your house. This might include a demographic of the neighborhood, the quality of schools in the area and a suggested list price for the property.
Once you've chosen the person who will represent you in the sale of your home (and, I must be honest, I hope you choose me), you’ll more than likely have to sign a contract stating that you’ll work solely with the Realtor for a designated number of months (usually between one and six months). This means no other real estate professional will be allowed to sell your home on your behalf during this time. So put some thought into the professional you choose and if you decide to choose me, I will help you sell your home to a qualified buyer for the highest market price in the quickest, most convenient timeline.