Sage advice to help you find the right selling agent
When selling your home, selecting a real estate agent is one of the most critical decisions you will make.
It’s vital you do your due diligence and list your home with an agent you trust.
Put yourself in the strongest possible position by finding a real estate agent who understands the local market conditions.
A quality agent will evaluate the property with buyer demands in mind and work with you to determine an appropriate listing price.
It’s important to ensure any agent you consider is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.
REIWA agents are required to comply with the institute’s code of practice, and they carry compulsory professional indemnity insurance which, should an issue arise, ensures all parties are protected.
Speaking to friends, colleagues or neighbours who have recently been through the process of selling or buying a home can provide valuable insights into their personal experience with an agent.
The internet is another great source of information, but be cautious when perusing agent referral websites as they aren’t the most accurate representation of the “best” agent in your area.
They simply feature agents willing to give up a portion of their commission for a lead.
If you’re searching for an online tool to help you compare agents, reiwa.com’s AgentFinder is your best option.
This useful tool features more than 9000 agents and sales representatives listed across the State and is free for both the agent and public.
It allows you to search for agents in your area and view their profiles, experience, current listings and recent selling or leasing statistics.
Before making your decision, it’s smart to create a shortlist and meet with several agents. Ask questions about how they plan to approach the task of selling your home.
This includes everything — how they will promote and market the property, what their knowledge of the local area is, and what selling method they recommend.
It’s also important to have a good rapport with the agent.
Also, don’t forget to inquire about the more obvious points like fees and marketing costs.
Once you have appointed an agent, don’t be afraid to ask them as many questions as you please throughout the selling process.