How To Choose A Realtor

If you want to buy or sell a home, there are many things to think about. Yes, we can do most things online now, but it is still recommended to work with a real and good realtor. Let’s review a few things to know about picking a realtor.

The experience of your realtor is perhaps the most important thing. Usually, those with the most experience are also the best ones. The best ones are the ones who started working before the economic crisis and are still going strong. Next, make sure that the experience they have is relevant to your own needs. Someone who wants to flip properties, for instance, will have very different needs to someone who wants to find a home to raise a family in. You also need to know that your realtor understands your demographic and geographical requirements. For example, if you want to become a rancher, you need to find a realtor that is able to understand the different types of land, how it has been produced and what the homestead is like. Should you be interested in purchasing a property that is historic or listed, for instance, you will need the services of someone very different.

If you are looking at making a property purchase, you shouldn’t work with the seller’s realtor who is already involved in the sale. This is due to the fact that any information you give you realtor will be passed on to the seller by the realtor, as it is their legal obligation to do so. If you hope to sell your property, you also shouldn’t work with the realtor representing the opposing side. You should work with someone that represents just you. Start by asking people you know whether they can refer you to a realtor. You can also contact the NAR (National Association of Realtors) in order to find a professional for you. Finding a NAR realtor means that you are guaranteed to be represented ethically and professionally. You should always try to contact different realtors before choosing one. You should discuss your needs with them, finding out what kind of suggestions they offer. Doing so will make sure that you can learn how much a realtor knows about prices, neighborhoods and so on. If you want to sell a property, you must find out how well the realtor has performed in the past. Do they usually sell under, on or over the original asking price?

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to find the best realtor to represent you. The services of real estate agents should be employed whether you are buying or selling. One of the things they are most aware of is whether it is a buyers’ or sellers’ market and this is vital in terms of being able to pay as little as possible for a property, or to make as much as possible on it.

Why is my house not selling? A few tips to to help sellers.

IMG_2679So, Your House Just Won’t Sell?

If the housing market is doing well, this does not mean that you’re your house should sit on the market for an extended duration. A lot of people like to use the excuse that “the market just isn’t what it used to be.” Unfortunately, this is usually something that a seller likes to use to rationalize why their home isn’t selling. It’s also an excuse that a poor realtor may use to explain to people why he or she isn’t getting any good leads. Sure, there will always be a buyer who is not interested in your house. But, if your house isn’t selling, you might need to start being more realistic about why, and make some changes. Here are some reasons.

Your pricing is simply too high. One of the reasons a home lingers on the market is that the seller has over priced the house. Too many sellers price their home according to emotion, and not the market, which is a mistake. Most sellers believe that their home is worth way more than the market can bear.

Your home needs lots, and lots of work. Don’t go running out to renovate your kitchen, but the truth is, sometimes all you need to do is spruce up the pace a bit:  add some flowers outside, paint the deck, or paint the living room. This isn’t the time to embark on some costly renovations. Today’s buyers are busy and they want houses where they don’t have to put in a lot of time and money after the purchase. Many prefer move in ready, and will do renovations as time and money allows. Plus, if your home is a fixer-upper, you’re at a disadvantage from the get go. Lots of homebuyers today just won’t spend the time or money fixing up homes.

It’s also possible that your home just looks run-down. Is your home dated? Do you have that pepto-bismal pink carpet, or ugly wallpaper in the bathroom? Many buyers don’t want to deal with these things. Yes, they’re easily fixable but too many of these things add up fast. One or two dated things might be okay, but more than that, and you will lose buyers fast.  Many buyers don’t want to see “you” in the house; they want to see themselves, so try to decorate your home according to what is more universally expected. This includes neutral colors, furniture, walls, and accessories. 

One big reason your home may not be selling is that you aren’t making yourself available to buyers. Perhaps people have wanted to see your house, but you told the realtor that they couldn’t come then. And then this repeats the next time they want to view the property. Buyers who who are motivated will not wait around for the seller to have time for them.

Finally, another option is that you simply aren’t advertising your house correctly. Maybe your photos are poor. Maybe you barely even have your home posted online, and if you do, maybe it’s not on the popular websites. Make sure you have amazing, high-quality photos. See: Best Kept Secrets to Selling Your Home.