SELLING REAL ESTATE can be complicated. Trying to do it yourself can expose you to some risks, if you don’t know all the “T”s to cross and the “I”s to dot. Our job is to guide you through the maze, while getting you the optimal price in the shortest time. This isn’t nearly as easy as it frequently sounds.
The best tool available, however, is the Realtors Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). It will help you sell your house faster and for a higher price than any other method. When we list your house, it’s going to be seen by 1000's of Realtors locally, and who knows how many others nationally. Most buyers will call a Realtor to help them find their desired property or dream home and that Realtor will look in just one place...the multiple listings.
Now, your first task is to choose your listing agent. This also isn't as easy as it sounds. Don't just choose the first person who answers the phone, or the one who works for the big, well advertised franchise agency, or the one your mother goes to church with. You surely wouldn't choose a mate that way. No matter how big the company, you'll only get the services of ONE person, so choose wisely. In fact, your chances of finding a really sharp agent at a large, well known brokerage may actually be worse. That's right. Typically new agents aren't able to get a start anywher but a big company. They're not yet prepared to survive without constant supervision. They'll need to gain some experience, before they can opt for the office of their choice. The fact is that you'll find a few good agents in most realty companies, regardless of size, name, or fame. Meet several, on your own turf, and spend some time interviewing each one, just like you would when hiring any potential employee. Let them know they don't automatically get the job, just because they saw you first, or because they "dress for success." And NO company can do more for you than any other. It all comes down to who do you T R U S T to represent you as your agent. Simple as that! You want a skilled agent, who knows the job. Your agent will list your home in the Realtors' Multiple Listings like every other agent, in every other agency. When some other agent shows your home and that buyer makes an offer, then your agent's job really begins.
Your agent is going to have a huge influence on the success of your sale, so choose one who has experience; who knows every aspect of the job, the laws, the market, the mortgage lenders, the area, the city, the county, and even your neighborhood. Choose someone who has some knowledge of the building trades, maybe even the builder of your home, the building codes, what it costs to replace all the windows, or the roof, or remodel the kitchen, or new carpet, vinyl, tile, and maybe even HOW to fix a leaky faucet, but especially the things about your home that may be important to the task of getting it sold and closed.
Choose an agent that understands the entire process of selling AND buying. You don't want just a listing agent, you want an agent that also works with buyers; someone who knows what buyers are looking for and at. Your agent will interact with everyone involved with the sale of your house, including the buyer's mortgage lender, your escrow agent, the home inspector, and anybody involved with repairs or improvements to your property, if the sale hinges on any. Any lack of skill and understanding in any one of these areas can have disasterous results for YOU. Your agent must know all of the pitfalls that you must avoid, in order to stay out of court after the sale.
Choose an agent that cares about your sanity, throughout this harrowing process. Choose an agent that you can TRUST! You have innumerable and perhaps unknown as yet, decisions and choices to make, so pick an agent that understands what you want and whose goal is for YOU to ultimately be happy when your home is sold..
Many agents and brokers seem to forget that they WILL get a paycheck when the sale closes, so all they need to do is market your property properly, advise you of progress, present you with your options, should you need to change strategy, answer your questions, and even give answers to the questions you haven't asked, but will, or should. You and your agent must communicate with and understand each other. Your agent must also help you find all the short cuts and possibilities that you may not know to look for and the ones to watch out for and avoid. In other words, your agent must actually care about YOU!
Finally, choose an agent that is a good comfortable fit. Your agent will spend a lot of time with you, your family, and maybe even your friends. Get one that feels good to be with.
Again, remember this: the best agent might be found anywhere. From a big company, or a small company; driving the nicest car, or the most common; dressed really classy, or alarmingly informal; very outgoing, truly charismatic, quiet, or even shy; the first one you meet, or the last one, none of these things necessarily make the right agent. Find a good fit for you and your family. Most of all someone who you can TRUST; who cares about getting what YOU want, and someone who has enough experience to understand the entire process, from beginning to end!
Once you have chosen J.R PROPERTIES to get your home sold for you, we’ll point out all the things that should help you to get the highest price and sell the quickest. We’ll show you the current market trends to help you chose a price. We’ll give you more advice than you may expect. You may not like some of our suggestions, but that’s OK, it’s your house, you're the boss. Our job isn't just to get your house sold, but also to make sure that you are aware of everything that you need to know that may affect the sale, before, during and after, to sell it as quickly as possible, at the highest price possible, and leave happy buyers behind, when you move on.
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