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Previous clients hold the key to finding out whether an agent did a great job. Ask for a list of all the homes the agent has listed in the past year, along with the sellers' contact info. Make sure the list includes homes that were not sold but were taken off the market. Ask what was original price, what did the house actually sell for, how long was it on the market, overall impression of the agent and his/her staff.
Each state has a board that regulates real estate agents. You can search online to find out if agents are licensed and whether there have been disciplinary actions or complaints against them.
*Finding out if your agent is licensed in a particular state is especially important in "border" areas. For instance, many agents in the Charlotte / Rock Hill area serve both North Carolina and South Carolina, which means they can list and show you homes in either location. However, there are a fair amount of agents who choose to be licensed in only one state.
A real estate agent takes a general course to become licensed. But the best agents go even further -- they will get additional training, plus specialize in certain kinds of real estate sales.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
Hi Florence, Your level of comfort with an agent is very important - just as you mentioned not wanting to use the previous realtor. Ask for references ffrom other satisfied sellers, ask the number of sales in the last 12 months, what you can expect from the agent such as routine follow up to market changes, phone calls about showings, open houses, and of course ask what you need to do to help sell your home. Take the agents advise on removing personal decor, neutralizing, addressing taste specific things in your home and price your home well. It is ok to test the market, but when your realtor suggest a reduction if no showing activity or offers have been received, take their advise and adjust the price. Wish you lots of success in selling your home.
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