Tuesday, June 12, 2012

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Listing Agent for Your Lexington Home!

If you’re planning on selling your Lexington MA home this summer, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of details involved in the home selling process.  That’s why one of the key things you can do in selling your home is to choose a listing agent that you can trust to understand your needs, knows the ins and outs of the Lexington Real Estate market, as well as what needs to be done to get your home sold in a timely and efficient manner.
So, how do you know if you’re picking the right Lexington Real Estate agent?  Interview them!  This may seem like a waste of time as you may have received a recommendation from a friend or you’ve found an agent that seems nice and has an eye catching website, however asking the listing agent a few questions can guide you in choosing the one that fits you best.  Here are a few questions you’ll want to ask!
1. How Much?  The question the price the listing agent will want to sell your home at can be very telling.  If you’ve been told $300,00 by other agents and the agent you’re talking with says $400,000; you’ll want to be careful.  Sometimes agents will make promises of a big sale on your home in order to “win” the listing.  You’ll find that if your home is priced too high in the beginning, you’ll end up having to lower the price and your home will sit on the market longer than necessary.  An agent who wants to price your Lexington home correctly from the beginning is one worth hiring!
2. What’s Your Specialty?  Most Lexington Real Estate agents will have a niche market.  If you’re attempting to sell your high end home, an agent who deals mostly with first time sellers won’t be your best choice.  You’ll want to make sure your agent is a match for selling your Lexington home
3. How Will You Market My Home?  Marketing is one of the key aspects in getting your home sold! The more visibility your home receives, the better the opportunity for potential buyers to see it!  Your Lexington Real Estate agent should be listing your home on multiple real estate websites, offer a visual tour of your home, and produce other online and offline marketing materials for your home.
4. What Do You Expect of Me?  A good listing agent will be able to give you advice on what you can do to help your home sell.  Unless your home is in perfect condition for current buyers; you’ll want to get feedback on paint color, appliances, curb appeal, etc... 
5. How Many Homes Are You Currently Selling?  An agent with a full marketing team may still be able to give you very personalized attention if they’re working on selling 15 homes, so you’ll want to know who they have working with them.  If they’re on their own, chances are they’ll only be able to successfully handle a few homes at a time.  On the other hand, if you’re they’re only selling client at the moment; you may want to consider their lack of connections and experience. 
I hope these questions help you narrow down the selection in order for you to find the Lexington Real Estate agent that will be a great fit for you!  Of course, I would love the opportunity to sit down and talk with you about your real estate needs and getting your home sold.  Feel free to contact me today!

Theresa D'Antuono

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