Western Springs Illinois Real Estate Agent Agnes Halmon
Choosing a real estate agent.
How do you go about choosing a Western Springs IL real estate agent to help you sell your home?
- Ask around. Online reviews, friends, family members, neighbors, etc… can be a good source for real estate agent referrals. However, don’t just ask “Do you know any real estate agents?” (Because everyone knows someone in the real estate business.) Ask them with whom they had a good experience. And press for details about what made the experience good (or not so good).
- Interview a few Western Springs Il real estate agents before you commit yourself. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your real estate agent, and you’ll want someone with whom you feel comfortable.
- Probe for evidence of deep local knowledge. Your Western Springs IL real estate agent should have a thorough working familiarity with the local real estate market, particularly of prevailing price trends for houses like yours.
- Look for indications of up-to-date industry knowledge. Real estate laws and regulations are complex and fluid. A Western Springs IL real estate agent’s professional credentials or designations often signify that he or she meets continuing education requirements for the profession. Ask prospective agents what they read, what organizations they participate in, and how they stay current in the field.
- Find out exactly what the agent or company will do for you, and on what timetable. It’s all about marketing: the more people who know about your home, the more often it will be shown to potential buyers. The more frequently it’s shown, the faster it will sell.
- Ask for references. Get the names and phone numbers of some recent clients, and follow up. Don’t assume that an agent’s willingness to provide references is, in itself, a sufficient reference. What you want is a flavor of what it’s like to work with that particular individual.
- Ask about the terms and conditions under which you would work together. Establish the length of the listing and the terms. If you feel comfortable with the agent, a 180-day listing agreement is acceptable. Also establish the frequency with which you want to receive activity updates and the medium of communication (e.g., telephone or e-mail).
- Make sure your agent is working for you. It is important that you feel your real estate agent is listening to you and actually acting on what you want, not pushing you toward listings that didn’t fit the bill. More than that, you also need someone who isn’t afraid to tell you when you are asking for things that are not realistic or possible, like with an offer amount or terms. That honesty factor is huge.
Contact Agnes Halmon today for all of your Western Springs IL real estate needs. Agnes is your best choice for Western Springs Realtor, real estate agent, or broker.