In almost every community, you'll likely find a number of real estate firms. Because there is heated competition, local Realtors must work hard to succeed in your community.
The best way to choose a Realtor that is right for you is to conduct some research.
You should conduct your search for a Realtor much like you would if hiring someone for any other job. This should include interviewing several Realtors before selecting one with whom to work. These interviews represent a good opportunity to question the Realtor about such issues as training, experience, representation and professional certifications.
Professional certifications, or designations, are earned by many Realtors through the completion of specific educational criteria. Each of these designations, which are conferred by the National Association of Realtors, are indicators of a Realtor's advanced education and experience in a particular discipline. These specialty designations are available to Realtors only.
Without any obligation, you can invite local Realtors to visit your home and give you a "listing presentation" and explain why they believe they're the best one to market it for you. A listing presentation includes having the Realtor review with you the reasons why you should list with that particular individual, and providing you with information that will assist you in making initial decisions about selling your home.
Most states, including Florida, require a real estate agent to explain his or her role at the outset of any conversation. A Realtor should promptly provide this type of information, which is called a disclosure. Look for an Realtor who:
The following are important questions to ask your potential Realtor: