You have made the decision to sell your home. Your next step is probably one of the most important decisions you will make concerning your sale. If you are fortunate enough to already have a great agent whom you are confident to work with, that's great! Give him or her a call! If you don't already have one, it is time you do your homework!
Here are a few things to consider:
Pricing, please be wary of the agent who suggests they can get an unreasonably high sales price for your home. This is a way for the agent to secure the contract, only to seek a lower price later, after little traffic is generated at the higher price. The critical time when selling your home is in the first three weeks.
Dedication, this is key! You need to know if your agent is a part-timer, just dabbling in the real estate market or is she a full time, active real estate agent whose livelihood depends entirely on her ability to successfully and repeatedly close real estate transactions.
Honesty, this is can be difficult to determine at first. Find out if your agent is interested in sharing her expertise and market knowledge in an honest and straightforward manner. You do not want an agent who is more interested in telling you what you want to hear rather than the information you need to hear. You require straightforward, reliable information when entering a transaction involving something as expensive as your home.
Please take the time to interview a couple of agents before you list your home, you will be glad you did!