Here are some common questions you might be having when beginning the journey of selling your home:
Those are great questions. The agent you select is a critically important decision affecting the entire real estate sales experience (and outcome).
From the outside looking in, I can see how all agents must appear to do pretty much the same things and offer the same service. However, in reality, there are some very significant differences between the way we work and our service. But how can you assess those points of difference?
Firstly, and very importantly, what company do they work for? I understand that most people must think all agencies are fundamentally the same. However, there are such significant differences in how Barfoot & Thompson works for you compared to a franchised company or small boutique operator. Therefore, you must get this information first.
In the months leading up to your listing date, why not visit some local open homes hosted by various agents and get a first-hand impression? How professional/welcoming/helpful were they? How well did you feel they represented their client (the homeowner)?
An agent should be able to provide you with the contact information for a list of past clients happy to speak to you about their experience. For me, referral/personal endorsement is almost top of my list when seeking the services of any professional.
Company profile information, social media business profiles, or a website (such as the one you are on now), can all provide a wealth of background info. It is incredible how a simple Google search can produce a selection of valuable information before deciding.
Request a meeting with the agent/agents that demonstrate the qualities you are looking for.
Even before you are ready to sell, why not request a face to face meeting and have a chat about the potential for working together in the future? Ask them what they offer that should compel you to choose them over the competition. There is no obligation to commit, and this may give you the first-hand information you need to provide the confidence to take the next step.
All real estate salespeople in New Zealand must be licensed with the Real Estate Agents Authority. The REAA is an independent government regulatory body for the real estate industry in New Zealand. Its job is to promote a high standard of service and professionalism in the real estate industry and help protect buyers and sellers. The REAA provides you with a significant level of protection as a buyer or seller. You can search for any salesperson and check their disciplinary record at www.reaa.govt.nz
It’s just as important to know what not to have in a real estate salesperson, so be wary of those who:
Here are two questions that a homeowner should ask:
Many salespeople give vague responses that show no direct benefit to the homeowner, such as:
A real estate salesperson should be able to provide you with specific points of difference that are unique and offer a real benefit to you. For example, they might specialise in a particular real estate area (e.g. apartments, rental properties).
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