The Home Buyer's Korner

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January 12th, 2015

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GREATER BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA

The Home Buyer’s Korner

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Choosing A Listing Real Estate Agent

Listing AgentFinding a qualified real estate agent to assist you with the sale of your home should be your first order of business choosing a listing agent.

You may want to ask friends, family or neighbors for referrals, or take note of the lawn signs and ads in your neighborhood circulation or city newspaper, but by far the best agents need to have a social media presence to reach the largest pool of would-be home buyers. Long before a home buyer will find your home driving down your street, they’re more likely to see it first at social media outlets, such as the one you’re visiting right now. 

Of course, as the nationals largest home buyer’s advocacy blog our real estate agents are in constant constant with local home buyers and we highly recommend you visit our Google+ real estate broker community first; then interview several and consider these questions to narrow down which one is best for you.

How many homes have they sold in the past year?

Find out what type of properties the real estate agent has sold, as well as the location of those properties. This should give you a good idea regarding his or her real estate sales experience and knowledge of the local market conditions.

What is their commission and is it negotiable?

Real estate agent commissions are not fixed, either by law or by local real estate agent associations. Your real estate agent may charge a percentage of the final sale price of the property or a flat fee.

How will the real estate agent market your home?

Ask the real estate agent how he or she plans to get the word out about your home. It should include our network, but also may include using MLS, newspaper ads, open house showings or other promotions.  If you decide to use a real estate agent who’s in our Google+ community, you can be sure your home will get noticed by local home buyers, since we’re located in many keywords home buyers use to find homes for sale in your city and neighborhood. 

Can the real estate agent provide a list of references?

Get the names and phone numbers of previous home sellers whose homes they have recently sold. Ask them if they were satisfied with the real estate agent and how well they worked with them.

Get it in Writing

Once you have made your decision and chosen a real estate agent, he or she will ask you to sign a real estate listing contract or agreement. Make sure to carefully read this agreement and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. Also make sure that everything you discussed is clearly outlined in the agreement.

Review the termination clause, the real estate agent’s commission rate, the terms of the sale and the asking price before signing the agreement.

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