Realtors are Important
A relationship with a good realtor is going to be vital to your success as a seller, so take your time and interview more than one before making a final choice. Your neighborhood is a really good place to start. Who is offering homes for sale in your area? Check the local signs to see which realtors are popular. When you begin talking to realtors, ask them about their record, selling prices and how much they know about the area. Choose someone you feel comfortable working with and trust to handle your property as if it were his or her personal property.
As you begin this process, a good realtor will work with you so you know what to expect. They should be able to give you a full breakdown of what will happen so there are no surprises during the process. Part of that process will be them getting to know you.
Which means you should not be surprised when the realtor asks why you are selling your home and explores some of the issues you may face personally such as future plans and financial situations. Until they know a little more about you, they cannot provide the best sales experience.
Number one on your Realtors task list is coming to an accurate valuation for your home and property. This is not a single step process but will involve analyzing the condition of your home as well as the recent sales for comparable homes in your neighborhood. They may also utilize a broad market survey, which is only available to professional realtors. When all of this is complete, you can rest assured you have set a price that reflects both the current market conditions and true value of your home.