Whether you’re selling a home in Durant, OK or anywhere else, one of the most difficult yet critical tasks can be finding the right real estate agent. Chosen right, a real estate agent who understands the local market can make or break a sale.
So getting just any agent is not the best course of action here. It takes knowing what to look for to make a great choice. Here are a few things you should be looking for before you sign any contracts.
They have a good track record
Home sales are generally public knowledge and it’s easier than ever to dig up past listings. Real estate agents should proudly display past sales on their website or provide them upon request.
When looking at a listing, there are two things you should hone in on: how much it sold for relative to the listing price, and how many days it was on the market. If the real estate agent consistently sells homes too far above or below their asking price, or if the homes take many months (and in some cases, years) to sell, it’s time to keep pounding the pave-ment.
They have plenty of active listings
If a real estate agent has no current listings, this can be an immediate red flag. Current list-ings are a seal of approval from other home sellers who have done their due diligence. They also indicate that the agent is actively listing and showing homes, so they’re up-to-date on what’s happening in the local market.
Real estate is an industry that moves quickly, so recent experience you can follow up on is a must. For instance, if an agent has multiple homes for sale in Durant, OK, it means they’re knowledgeable about the current real estate market in Durant.
They have positive reviews
You can find reviews for just about anything these days, so looking up potential real estate agents is a no-brainer. If a real estate agent has a website, you’ll probably find some glow-ing testimonials posted there. Do keep in mind that nobody (at least, none that I am aware of) posts negative reviews on their own website, so do some extra digging online and see if anything surfaces.
As they say, you can’t keep the truth buried when there are so many shovels at your dispos-al. It’s also best to ask around in your own network and see if anyone you know has used them before to sell their own home.
They live where you’re selling
Knowing the local market is one thing, but it’s another to actually live and work in the neighborhood. If you’re selling your home in Durant, OK, then you want to look for someone who lives there and knows the area from more than a map. Every neighborhood has its own nuances, and buyers vary from town to town, city to city.
You really like them
Professional accomplishments are important, but you also want to work with someone you get along with. Real estate agents don’t charge for consultations, so don’t be afraid to shop around. There are plenty of agents out there, so if you don’t hit it off in the first meeting, move right along. There’s a difference between the best agent and the best agent for you.
They’re full of advice
A good real estate agent should be confident in their ability to sell your home. They will be able to tell you right away which features of your home will be attractive to buyers, and which will need updating. They should be full of advice on whether you should stage, up-grade, or sell as-is.
Now that you know what to look for in a real estate agent, let’s set up a call to see if I would be the right person to sell your home in Durant, OK.