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Choosing a Realtor

When it's time to sell your home, one of the first things you should consider is who is going to help you through the process. Choosing a realtor is one of the most important decisions you will make during the selling process, and it isn't a decision to be made lightly.
Too many house sellers make their choice of realtors a hasty one. Calling the first number in the yellow pages is not a good idea, and neither is using the first realtor whose signs you see in front lawns around town. Just because a realtor is established does not necessarily mean they are a good fit for you. As with any major financial decision, this is a time to do your homework.
The first factor in choosing a realtor is looking for one with experience. In this sense, signs around town can be good, but only if all the other factors fit, too. Look for a company that has been in business successfully for a number of years, and ask about properties they have handled in the past. Chances are an experienced realtor will know just what to do with you and your home's particular situation. Use this as a chance to get references from people who have used this realtor in the past- many realtors keep a list of satisfied clients who are willing to supply information to potential sellers- and do your research.
Another important factor is education. It's becoming easier and easier these days for just about anyone to get a real estate license. Unfortunately not a great deal of education is required for a person to be allowed to deal in real estate. So ask about credentials. Look for special certifications and degrees that prove your realtor has actually studied the business beyond simply filling in test blanks.
Finally, go with your instinct. If your potential realtor says things that just don't sound right to you- for example, claiming they can sell your house for much more than it its appraisal value- think twice before investing time and money with this person. If you don't trust them, you're not going to be happy during the selling process and things can go badly very quickly. Look for a realtor who is able to match your style and respond to your needs. Each sale is important to the realtor, as well as the seller, and if you're made to feel like a number, it's time to look somewhere else.
A realtor can be a major benefit during the house selling process... or they can create major problems. So choose wisely. You (and your money) will be involved with this person for some time to come.

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