By Pat Lairson
Buying or selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make. In fact, it can make or break you.
Making the wrong decision can affect you legally, financially, emotionally and for a very long time. Choosing the right Realtor is vital when selling or purchasing a home. It can take the pressure off you and help ensure your home sale or purchase gets completed.
So how do you pick the right Realtor to help you buy or sell your home?
You may look at a Realtor as a salesperson, but a better title would be a manager. A Realtor manages the process from beginning to end. There are many things that can go wrong in a transaction, but a good Realtor knows how to minimize potential problems from the start and have available solutions to problems if they do come up.
They can help you get your home ready to sell and help you get prepared to buy. Whether buying or selling, one of the worst things that can happen is to go under contract on a home and not be able to complete it. This should not happen if the necessary pre-work is done and good management is in place.
- Interview your potential Realtor. Ask them about any problems that could arise and how they would handle it. Talk to other buyers or sellers they are representing. Are they happy with this Realtor? Discuss a few scenarios of “what ifs” and listen to their response.
- Is your Realtor available? Find out what hours your Realtor works. Some Realtors don’t work weekends. You want a Realtor that is available when you are.
- Ask about marketing. How does the Realtor plan to market your home? Have them show you other clients’ homes they have represented and look at how they write up the listing and what the photos look like.
- Getting a recommendation from friends and family is a good place to start, but you should also do your own research. Does the Realtor know the area you live in or want to live in? A good Realtor should be able to connect you to great lenders and other vendors for repairs or other transaction needs.
Maricopa has many local Realtors to choose from. Taking the time to do your homework upfront to find the right Realtor can save you time and money in the end.
We are still in a robust real estate market with no signs of slowing. We are holding at just under 300 HOA subdivision homes currently for sale. The average price of active listings is about $102 per square foot.
Pat Lairson, Realtor, 520-280-5862, PatLairsonRealtor@gmail.com
This column appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.