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When selling your home you can either sell it yourself

There are pros and cons for both but presently you really are better off with a real estate agent. I am not just saying that because I am a REALTOR but because today you need more exposure than you can provide yourself.

A few years ago we had a "Seller's Market" (A seller's market exists when the number of qualified buyers seeking homes exceeds the available inventory of homes. This is a typical case of supply and demand, with the demand of buyers greater than the  supply of homes) and FISBO's did very, very well selling themselves. Now we are in a "Buyer's Market" (A buyer's market is one in which there are too many homes on the market for the number of buyers. Homes take longer to sell and prices fall) and the playing field has changed. However, if you choose to do this alone, look into ForSalebyOwner.com

You also must keep in mind that not all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know the market and provide information on past sales, current listings, his or her marketing plan, and at least 4 solid references. In addition, you also want to look for an agent that is honest, assertive, and one that best understands your needs.

Try to go with a local agent. They can better serve your needs; they are familiar with what the local market condition is, the local prices are, and what's hot or not in your community.

List your house with a hot agent that ensures your house is listed on the MLS and on the Internet. Today the internet is the place where most buyers start their search.

You want to find a good real estate agent that understands your needs - Make sure that your agent is loyal to you, and can negotiate to help you achieve your goals. In addition, they should be assertive and honest with both you and the buyer.

Since the commission for the sale of a house is usually paid for by the seller, buyers are able to get help and information from real estate agents, usually at no cost to them. It is for this reason that the vast majority of home buyers use the services of an agent for their purchases. Four out of every 5 buyers use the services of a real estate agent. In addition, since most houses are listed by real estate agencies, it gives the buyer the maximum number of available properties to consider.

The relationship between a home buyer and their agent is a little like a marriage: it must be based on trust, mutual goals (to get you the house that best suits your needs) and understanding. To a large degree, the home buyer entrusts the agent to always keep their (the buyer's) interest first and foremost. It is important that you understand who your agent represents -
agency disclosure

What to look for in an Agent
If you have clear goals for selling your home, they should be clearly understood by your real estate agent. Your real estate agent should provide you with knowledgeable and trustworthy advice on setting the listing price, marketing your property, and handling negotiations. The consequences of using an inexperienced and poorly qualified real estate agent will be a loss of time and possibly money. To sum it up, ask your family and friends if they can recommend an agent. Talk to each of these agents before choosing one. You want an agent who will listen to your wants and needs, one who understands these needs and one whose judgment you can trust. The ideal agent will know your local area and will have resources and contacts to help you in your search. Overall, choose the most qualified and experienced agent with whom you feel comfortable

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