Selling your home is a big deal with so much to do.
You need to pack and move your stuff. Maybe say goodbye to your neighborhood and the familiarity of routines and knowing where everything is.
There’s no question, moving is stressful. So much so that many people find it more stressful than divorce, according to one poll on the subject.
One way to not add to stress and anxiety of selling your home and needing to move is to hire the best Chicago Real Estate Agent for you. But choosing an agent isn’t something people do every day. That can make it an overwhelming experience.
To help you know how to hire a realtor, we’ve compiled these valuable tips:
Check Their Credentials
Before you hire a real estate agent, check his or her credentials.
To legally sell real estate, a person must receive specialized training from authorized educators. They also must pass state-regulated exams in order to receive a license to sell real estate.
Those licenses are issued and managed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). You can use their license lookup tool to check the status of anyone’s license.
If the agent you’re considering hiring also lists awards, verify those with the relevant organization.
This is basic but often overlooked so it’s worth stating. Searching for the real estate agent’s name can give you insight into their style, interests, and impact on previous clients.
So much of finding the best realtor is being on the same wavelength. If you find it difficult to talk with a real estate agent or you don’t like the way they conduct business, they aren’t the one to help you with this important life and financial transaction.
Read their profiles on business sites likes LinkedIn. But also check their personal social media feeds and Google reviews.
Ask About Their Experience
Checking their digital footprint can give you a general sense of who they are and how they might be able to help you sell your house.
But there’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation to find out more about their experience at selling real estate.
Think of it as a job interview where you’re the boss. Because you are. You’re looking to hire a real estate agent and they want the job.
Through conversation, ask questions such as:
- How long have you been in real estate?
- How many houses have you sold?
- Have you sold houses in my neighborhood? If so, which ones?
- What do you understand my situation to be? (This helps you know if the real estate agent knows how to listen.)
- What’s your recommended strategy for getting the best price for my home?
- Do you have a network of recommended professionals such as lawyers and home inspectors?
A good “interview” conversation should be no less than 20-30 minutes. Try to hold the meeting in your home or a neutral place like a coffee shop.
Meeting for your first serious conversation with a potential real estate agent in their office can make it tough to remain objective.
Look at Their Current Listings
If the agent you’re thinking of hiring has other active listings, spend a little time looking at them.
That doesn’t mean visiting the properties. It means taking a close look at key aspects of the listing. These include:
- Number of days on market
- Special conditions
- Quality of description
- Quality of the photos
- Where it’s promoted
Paying attention to these aspects of a listing can tell you a lot about the realtor’s style and skill.
If a real estate agent doesn’t have current listings, ask why. Maybe they’re new to the business or just sold several properties at once.
Ask for References
Few people know how to make asking for references a valuable use of time and energy.
It’s not enough to just get names and verify that, yes, they loved working with the real estate agent in question.
Dig a little more. Ask unexpected questions. Listen. Especially to what isn’t said.
Consider asking questions like:
- How did the experience line up with your expectations?
- Did the real estate agent deliver on his/her promises? Even the tiniest ones?
- What was the best thing about having this real estate agent sell your home?
- Nothing is perfect. What was something that didn’t go as planned? How did the real estate agent handle it?
- Would you hire this real estate agent to sell your grandmother’s home?
If the reference is a couple, make sure to talk to them together. Watch the face of the person not talking. That’s an easy way to pick up clues that there were some differences in their experiences.
You can then ask the other person a simple question: “Was that your experience too?” Most times, the answer will be yes. But a no could help you know if the real estate agent you’re talking about is right for you.
How to Hire a Realtor When You’re in a Jam
What if you need to sell your home on short notice?
A new job in another state, critical financial burden, and sudden marital breakdown are common reasons for needing to sell your home now.
If you’re in that kind of jam, you want an agent with experience selling homes as-is in Chicago. When there’s no time for staging and engaging marketing campaigns, not every real estate agent knows what to do.
In situations like these, look for a realtor with a track record for finding legitimate buyers who are prepared to close deals quickly and, many times, in cash.
Making a Decision
No matter your situation, do your homework. Find an agent who understands your situation and financial goals related to selling your house.
We, Chicago Real Estate Agents, are a local, family-owned and operated business committed to getting you the greatest profit when selling your home.
We use advanced marketing technology and consistently sell homes within a month. Plus, our listing fees are lower than those of our competitors.
But more than that, we’re here to help you at every step of the journey of selling your home. We focus on customer service and experience at all times and never place a sale before our clients.
And, now that you know how to hire a realtor, we’d be honored to among the real estate agents that you screen. We’re confident that we can meet and exceed your expectations!
Contact us today and start the conversation!