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When it comes time to sell your house, there are many advantages to hiring a real estate agent to help you. However, if you don’t hire the right realtor, you may be worse off than if you had tried to sell the house without help. Here are a few tips to help you hire the right real estate agent.


Ask For Recommendations

You should gather a list of possible realtors by asking for recommendations from your relatives, friends, and colleagues. You should pick at least four or five names to give you more leeway in narrowing down your choices. Pay attention when someone criticizes an agent. While you may want to consider still hiring that agent, hearing negative criticism about them can give you a more objective perspective of them.


Read Online Reviews

Looking online for reviews of each realtor can give you more information about each agent, including the flaws that have concerned multiple past clients. You can also check sites like the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of Realtors┬« to help you determine that the agent’s license is valid. Contact local real estate associations to determine if any of the agents you’re considering hiring have been subjected to disciplinary actions. You can use these online resources to help you narrow your list down to two or three agents.


Interview Agents

Your next step is to interview the remaining three realtors on your list. As you talk with them, pay attention to their communication skills. If they seem uneasy or uncertain, they probably won’t be effective in selling your home for a reasonable price. Additionally, ask about their experience. You should also ask for referrals and inquire about how long it typically takes them to sell a home. You don’t want to hire an agent who isn’t aggressive in moving their clients’ properties.


A good realtor should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the local market to ensure they know how the area’s economy will affect your home’s sale. They should also be more of a “people person” since someone who networks will have more resources available to them. Ultimately, you’ll have to trust your instincts, but checking into these traits of any agent can help you make a better choice.

John Shramko