Reasons To Hire an Agent When Selling Your House – Pros and Cons

Selling your home could be the largest financial transaction of your lifetime, it is important to know that you’ll receive the best possible guidance from a real estate agent, given your specific situation. There are many reasons why a real estate agent may not be right for you. You’ll need to ask purposeful questions during your interview to find out. We will cover 5 reasons why you shouldn’t rush into hiring an agent when selling your house. 

Relationship

Meeting your needs should be the top priority when it comes to being a real estate agent. A good agent indicates through their words and actions that they are interested in building a lifetime relationship with you. If a real estate agent does not have the time to listen to your reasons for selling and your plans moving forward, this can be a red flag. If they do not care about your needs, this is a major reason not to rush into hiring an agent when selling your house. Likewise, should they drop any hints of conducting business in a less than professional manner, or suggest breaking rules consider this a warning sign as well.

Technology

Agents who fail to keep on top of the resources offered through today’s technology are another reason to do careful interviews when hiring an agent to sell your house. 

If your potential real estate agent indicates that technology is not a strong suit or is not all that important in selling your home, you’ll find yourself out of the running in today’s real estate market. Failing to be online means missing exposure to the vast majority of your potential buyers from the start. If the agent starts taking low-quality cell phone photos of your home for your marketing, this is a bad indicator. Especially if the agent does not mention utilizing 360 imagery or drone footage, you would be very wise to walk away. 

Social Media

Social media is a great tool to help you sell your house quickly. Some “old school” agents simply don’t understand how valuable social media can be when selling a home in this day and age. Sharing a new real estate listing on local Facebook groups for example exposes the property to thousands of potential buyers. And even if the right buyer isn’t the one who first stumbled across the listing, you can bet if aunt Beth knows her niece is in the market for a new home, she’ll share it with her!

Gossip

Being able to trust your real estate agent to respect your privacy and keep conversations professional; is an important reason why you don’t want to rush into hiring an agent when selling your house. Take your time when you meet with a potential agent, pay attention to how they talk about other clients or their peers. If they are revealing too much information, you can be certain this is a habit that will carry over and involve your personal business. The information they reveal about your circumstances could affect your profits on the deal. 

Open Houses

If your potential agent either intends to strictly Market your house by holding only open houses,  they are either inexperienced, overwhelmed, or simply inept and this is another reason why you do not want to rush into hiring an agent when selling your house. On the other hand, if the agent advises you that they have no intention of holding an open house whatsoever, this is also a sign that there is a problem. 

Options

A good agent should encourage you to seek out several sources for professional services having to do with your real estate transaction. If they suggest from the beginning that you only work with their mortgage company, or other service providers this is highly questionable. Establishing their willingness to guide you to the best fitting mortgage, or lack thereof is important to consider when hiring an agent to sell your house.

There is simply no need to rush into hiring an agent when selling your house. If you want to sell your house without a realtor just send us a message or call Kind House Buyers first for an offer, without any obligation. (253) 216-2497

Keith Sant

Keith is a blogger, entrepreneur, and real estate investor who truly enjoys helping others. He grew up in Washington where he graduated from UW with degrees in Marketing and economics. Besides flipping houses, Keith enjoys snacks, cycling, and hiking the Pacific Northwest with his fiancee Amanda and their boxer Tuna.

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