What your Realtor can do for you

This is Part 3 of a series about selling your home.

Once you have made the decision to sell your home, and have gotten your financial ‘ducks in a row’, you may be ready to hire a Realtor.

Selling a property is a complex business that extends far beyond listing the home, showing it to prospective buyers, and collecting the money when it’s sold. A good Realtor will shepherd you through the process of pricing the property, readying it for sale, listing it, marketing, processing offers, inspections, and finally all the intricate aspects of closing.

Your Realtor will work to get you the best price for your home, they will know about the new regulations on lending, about local zoning issues, and they will know when to accept an offer and when to turn it down.  More than ever, in these days of changing regulations and for-sale-by-owner homes, you need a professional on your side.

So, how do you find a good Realtor? In our small town environment, word of mouth is a great way to find someone who is leaving happy customers behind. Be sure your agent is licensed and working for a reputable broker, and take the time to interview a couple of folks before you choose the person who will be helping you through such an important process. Marion county has many fine agents, and finding just the right fit for you may come down to whom you feel comfortable with, who has a great reputation, and who has the marketing power to get the word out about your listing.  After all, your agent will guide the way through a labyrinth of emotions, paperwork, personal questions, and stressful wait-times — be sure you trust them and like them.

Below are some links to articles with more good advice on selecting the right Realtor for your needs:

How to Find a Realtor from Realtor.com
184 Tasks Agents Do for You
How to Find and Keep a Real Estate Agent you Love


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