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Is the Agent, advertising, on several, not just one, website, ask that agent how many websites they advertise on, do they advertise in the local paper, do they keep track of their signs, flyers in the box, hold several open houses, keep in constant contact with you, letting you know the progress and what is going on in the market, do a Free CMA (cCertified Market Analysis), so you know where you home stands on the market? Is that CMA an honest CMA or one they believe you will accept? Did you tell them how much you want out of your home or need? Too many times, I have come across Agents that will tell the seller exactly what they want to hear, not what they honestly need to hear. Do you want your home to sit on the Market or do you want to sell it? If an Agent is honest they will give you an honest assessment of the value of your home, not tell you what they think you want to hear, then place their sign on your property and your home sits for a long time, with several price adjustments that only frustrate you and the Agent. Is your Agent actively involved in selling your property or do they put a sign and you don''t hear from them till 2 weeks before the expiration date of the listing of your home? Do they actively pursue avenues to sell your home, do they think out of the box ideas to sell your home or do they just do the normal, same old, same old and not look for different ways to sell your home? You need to ask a lot of questions like these and more. If you are in a financial bind with your home and don''t know what to do, find an Agent who has been there and understands what you are going through. This is one thing that I know a lot about, I lost my home because of the ineptness of an Agent and the theivery of that Agent as well
In picking an Agent, make sure they LISTEN to you and are aware of what you are looking for. Agents can''t be perfect in picking your homes, but they can email you homes that might fit your criteria, if they don''t give you this service, they are not the Agent for you.
Make sure,your Agent asks you, if you are Pre-Approved, this process is SO IMPORTANT!!!
Pre-Approval gives you the freedom to know exactly what price range you qualify for and what you can look for. It helps, after you make an offer, in fulfilling your process in the purchase of the home. Get an idea of the areas of the county you would like to live in. Your Agent should be able to give you a list of Lenders to contact,if your agent doesn''t do this for you, they aren''t the Agent for you.
Your Agent should be able to help you know about the area, find out what you are interested in and what quality of life you are looking for. If you are a city person, you certainly don''t want to live out in the country away from the city. If you are a more suburban person, you don''t want to live in the heart of the city, but you want the city close enough that it isn''t a huge commute to shopping. If you are an in-between city and rural person, in otherwards you want the best of both worlds, you might want a smaller community but something that is close enough to the shopping and arts that you can get there within a half hour drive. If you are very rural, mountain, outdoors person, you will want, a home with land, a rural setting, something that helps you to feel like you can breath but also, be able to go out for outdoors activities