Six Smart Things to Ask Your Real Estate Agent

6 smart things to ask for when selling your homeSix smart things to ask for . . . when you're thinking about selling your home.


1.  Will You Be Totally Honest With Me?

Most sellers won't think of this question to ask their REALTOR®.  Why?  Sellers don't always want to hear the whole truth.  However, in a market as competitive as this one, the last thing you need to someone wasting your time and money just telling you what you want to hear.  A true professional will give you their honest opinion about every factor that involves the sale of your home.


2.  What Should I List My Price to Make Sure It Gets Sold?

There are markets where sellers seem to have the bulk of the advantages and markets where it is about the buyers.  Today's market is somewhere between a bidding war and a beauty contest.  To sell for top dollar, it first has to be priced at market value.  As the neighborhood expert in the area, your agent can map out exactly what that looks like so there are no surprises and you get the most money for your home in the shortest time.


3.  What Things Need to Happen Before We Put My House on The Market?

A professional in this market knows what will help and what will hurt you in terms of a quick sale and good ROI.  What most homeowners fail to do is ask them, or listen when they are given advice.  Every home is different, and so is e very "checklist".  Some no-fail suggestions are to let in the light, de-clutter, and remove the pets, but there are specifics to each house that can make or break a sale.  The only way to know is to get together with your agent to make a list customized to your home.


4.  Are We Being Flexible Enough With Selling My Home?

We live in a world where everyone is consistently busy, and not only with the sale of your house, but with many other responsibilities.  Other responsibilities make the big picture of selling your home hard to see.  Flexibility is key.  When you've put restraints on your agents that they can only show the house between 4--6PM on Thursday, for example, that makes it difficult to get buyers through the door to see your property.


5.  Do We Need To Stage The House For Sale?

Studies show that professional staging can greatly increase the speed and price of the sale of the home.  From the curb to the roof, there are specific techniques for making your home show like a model.  Call your agent today for a referral to a staging professional.


6.  Is it the Right Time to Sell My Home?

Timing is critical in any home sale.  Right now, in your market, we have more buyers than sellers, which puts you in a great position of leverage.


To learn more helpful tips or to find out more about what CENTURY 21 Semiao & Associates can do for you, contact us!