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Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE -

AM con­sid­er­ing sell­ing my home. How should I go about hir­ing an es­tate agent? Tom, Tem­pleogue, Dublin 6W BE­FORE you con­tact any es­tate agents, look around your area to see which agents are sell­ing homes there. Is one com­pany more vis­i­ble than oth­ers for ex­am­ple? Look at the cur­rent list­ings of these es­tate agents on­line. Look at the qual­ity of the pho­tos for the list­ing and how the houses are pre­sented. Which ones are you drawn to?

Once you draw up a short­list of agents, ar­range for them to call out to view your prop­erty. Ask them about the ser­vices they pro­vide, their charges, and com­pare prices. Make sure you are com­fort­able with the agent you pick as he or she will be your con­tact point through the en­tire jour­ney of sell­ing your home. Also ask the agent for tips on stag­ing your house to make it look its best for po­ten­tial view­ers. Ask about where your home will be ad­ver­tised. Can the agent tell you While we will en­deav­our to place your ques­tions with the most ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pert for your query, this col­umn is not in­tended to re­place pro­fes­sional ad­vice.

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