Deciding to sell your home is a big decision.
It’s often the first big decision in a series of many important decisions. Whether it’s your first home or fifth home, deciding to sell can be emotional, exciting or daunting.
Choosing a Realtor® is often the first step that many sellers take, and especially in today’s market, it’s important to choose a Real Estate Team that you can trust and who will go above and beyond for the sale of your home. Many people will even compare services between several agents before signing any agreements to work with one.
If you find yourself in this position, we’ve got you covered. Here are five very important questions when interviewing a Realtor® to sell your Southwest Florida home.
You might be tempted to ask your Realtor® how many years they have worked in Real Estate, but this may not give you the full picture. Every home a Realtor® sells adds more experience and knowledge in the business. For example, if a team has been in business for ten years but only sold ten homes, they only have experience selling ten homes. On the other hand, if a team has been in business for five years but sold 30 homes each year, that is 150 homes they have experienced selling.
In this market, it is more important than ever that your home is marketed in the best way possible, so it stands out from the competition, reaches as many serious buyers as possible and showcases your home’s best features.
When interviewing a Realtor®, look for a team with a portfolio demonstrating their services. Ask if they offer invaluable services like professional home staging, photography, and videography. Make sure to work with a team that uses cutting-edge technology and equipment to go full out® for the sale of your home. Just because they offer these services does not mean they execute them well. Make sure to look at their portfolio and website and check out some examples.
Getting your home ready to hit the market is half the battle. Next, ask them about their marketing plan to ensure that your home attracts serious buyers. Consider the presence they have, from signage to their digital presence. Do they market on social media? Is their website professional? Does their marketing team invest in innovation? All of this will help you gather a bigger picture of what the process will look like once your home hits the market. The way that buyers search for homes is constantly changing, so you will want to work with a team that goes above and beyond when it comes to marketing your home.
Exposure is invaluable. It is crucial for marketing a home effectively. It’s important to work with a team that will advertise your home locally in the Southwest Florida area but also think outside the box and market to areas further north. Southwest Florida is attracting more and more buyers internationally, from Canadian snowbirds, retirees or people looking to relocate. This is a market that your Realtor® should not dismiss. Buyers are not just looking for a property but for a lifestyle change. They are looking for a new community to call home. Does your Realtor® have the means to facilitate this kind of transaction? Buyers looking to relocate and purchase internationally are serious about their decision-making, so this approach can attract more serious buyers to your Southwest Florida home.
Choosing a team that stands behind its service can be the difference between a bad experience in Real Estate and the Best Experience in Real Estate. Do you have an out? Is there a consequence to terminating your agreement?
For example, one of Faris Team’s brand promises is Best Experience, Guaranteed. This means that if for any reason you are unhappy with our services, you can cancel your agreement with us at no cost to you. This means that we stand behind the services that we provide. We are confident that we will provide the Best Real Estate Experience because of our proven system of success. Our mission is to go full out® for our clients and provide the Best Real Estate Experience in the world, so we hold ourselves accountable to that mission.
It’s also a great idea to ask for testimonials from your prospective Realtor® and find out what other people say about them. A great Real Estate team will have great reviews and testimonials from other successful sales.
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