Five tips to help you choose a real estate agent
The first step to finding the home of your dreams (or a person willing to buy yours, if you’re the one selling!) is to choose the right real estate agent for the job. While some in the profession can have a reputation for unscrupulous conduct, at BOWERBIRD Interiors, we truly believe that a good agent can be a key component of taking your property transaction from basic to brilliant. Here’s what to look out for…
Keep it close to home
The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” may have originally applied to environmental causes. However, at BOWERBIRD Interiors, we believe it is an equally apt approach when it comes to choosing the right real estate agent. That’s because a reputable real estate agent is one who delivers world-class service while really understanding the demographics and data of the local market that they service – and is able to pass these learnings on to his or her clients.
When searching for a real estate agent, the right one can connect you with movements of the market in your neighbourhood, use their expertise to give you realistic estimations of how much a property might be sold for when compared to a similar listing and guide you through the entire buying or selling process to ensure your transaction is as profitable as possible.
Communication is key
The right real estate agent is one who understands that buying or selling a home can be a highly emotional and stressful time. And, they will do their best to alleviate your anxiety and uncertainty by consistently communicating with you throughout the process.
Research their reputation
When it comes to choosing the right real estate agent, we recommend checking out their online reviews (Rate My Agent is a great resource) and asking for references from past clients if possible. A good reputation is a strong indicator of an agent’s professionalism and trustworthiness.
Strategy for Sale
When it comes to choosing the right real estate agent, make sure you ask about their marketing strategy. Chose an agent with a well-researched plan designed to promote your home to potential buyers through online listings, professional photography, and other marketing materials. And, ensure that they understand the importance of effectively executing this strategy in order to bring as many people as possible to your open home.
To style or not to style …
Finally, don’t be offended if your real estate agent recommends you invest in the services of an experienced property stylist – like a member of BOWERBIRD Interiors’ own Property Styling team.
The best agents understand the importance of presenting your home in a way that makes a fabulous first impression and leaves a lasting emotional connection with potential buyers.
They may suggest working with a professional property stylist who will be able to get your home looking amazing, sale-ready, and more desirable to buyers to ensure you maximise the return on your listing investment.
If you’re planning to sell your property, choosing the right real estate agent can determine the success of the sale, so be sure to do your research and find the right one for you. In the meantime, book a free design consultation with BOWERBIRD Interiors’ Property Styling team to discuss how we can transform your property to wow potential buyers, as soon as the “For Sale” sign goes up