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10 Questions To Ask Your Agent Before Listing Your Home

All North Carolina real estate agents and Realtors are required to hold a current license in the state of North Carolina. Unfortunately that’s the only consistent qualification across the board. Each real estate agent or Realtor in North Carolina has a unique combination of experience, success rate, and other relevant criteria.

How do you decide which North Carolina listing agent is best suited to meet your specific needs when selling in the Southport, Oak Island or Bolivia NC area? Before selling your home, interview potential agents using this list of questions designed to help you make an informed choice, after all you need to get it right the first time!

  1. How long have you been working as a real estate agent or Realtor in THIS area?
    This is not the same as asking how long someone has been a real estate agent or Realtor. The nature of the industry allows people to work part-time or take time off between periods of work. We also see a lot of agents that move from a different area, move here, then decide to become real estate agents part time or never actually end up using their North Carolina Real Estate License.
  2. Do you work with other associates?
    Many real estate agents work as part of a team, whether it’s with other agents or support staff. Having multiple people focused on selling your home can be a good thing. Just make sure you’re clear and understand the responsibilities of each team member.
  3. What neighborhoods do you concentrate on?
    Ask the agent if they’ve sold any homes in your neighborhood. When an agent works in a certain area on a regular basis, they have their finger on the pulse. Knowing recent real estate transactions as well as local features and amenities that help to sell your home, in Brunswick County North Carolina.
  4. What marketing strategies do you use?
    There’s more to selling your home than simply listing it on the MLS. Find out whether the agent goes the extra mile with marketing tools such as professional photographs, staging advice, open houses or offering buyer incentives.
  5. What is your fee structure?
    Commissions for both listing and buyer agents have been traditionally paid by the seller from the proceeds of the sale. In recent years, competition has led some agents to be more flexible with their fees. But before you jump at a lower rate, ask what’s included with the fee so you aren’t surprised by out-of-pocket expenses. Examples are things like marketing materials, extra hidden fees.
  6. What is your regular method of communication?
    Now that technology has provided us with a variety of ways to communicate other than the telephone, it’s a good idea to find an agent who shares your preferred means of contact.
  7. How long will it take to sell my home?
    Ideally, the selling price for your home should hit the sweet spot where it attracts interest from a number of qualified buyers. The trick is to price it right while still allowing you to realize maximum profit. Look at the agent’s average number of days on the market and how much, if any, final sale price differs from asking price.
  8. Could you provide me with reviews and references?
    Personal recommendations from a trusted friend or family member are always helpful. Even if you don’t have that, a reputable real estate agent should have no problem furnishing you with legitimate references.
  9. Can you help me find other professionals?
    Selling your home requires a lot of different people doing different things. Professionals, such as mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and title companies. Good real estate agents will have a network of professionals they have successfully worked with.
  10. What puts you above the competition?
    Let the agent tell you in their own words what they can give you that the competition can’t. How the agent sells themselves gives you a look at the skills they’ll bring to selling your home.

Selling your home is a huge undertaking, and the relationship with your real estate agent is key. Take the time to find an agent you can rely on to guide you through the journey. Our Real Estate Agents and Realtors at Southport Oak Island Realty group are here to help answer any questions you may have and look forward to making your plans come to fruition!

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Jon Langley

Hi! Nice to 'meet' you and thanks for visiting our Southport and Oak Island Real Estate Blog! My name is Jon Langley, and I'm a REALTOR® in Brunswick County, NC. I work alongside some of the best Realtors in the Southport & Oak Island area. I'd love to learn more about you if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram or connect with our team at Southport Oak Island Realty Group. Looking forward to connecting!

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