9 Guidelines You Can Follow In Hiring A Real Estate Agent

How To Find The Best Real Estate Agent

Do you want to list your property as soon as possible? Before you should move into your new home, see the sale of the old one first. Below, you will find some helpful tips about how to select a respected real estate agent, who can assist you with the sale of your home and even with the entire moving process.

1Know What Today's Real Estate Agents Do

Most real estate agents, twenty to thirty years ago, were independent. These days, however, most agents are part of national real estates chains, like Century 21 and Coldwell Banker. These are only two examples of popular and vast real estate corporations. A lot of sellers often wonder which one is the better choice - the independent agent or a real estate chain - and the answer isn't that crucial in reality. The best piece of advice that you can get regarding this is to employ the best agent you can find, and it shouldn't matter where he or she works.

It really shouldn't matter if the agent you choose is independent or if he works for a national corporation. Whomever you choose, that person should offer you something of value; so, don't quickly disregard certain options based on this particular factor alone. One advantage of hiring someone from a chain is that you could always complain to the superiors, who are tasked to review an agent's performance.

2Search For A Reliable, Experienced Agent

Agents are generally trained to do their tasks, but expect some to be exceptions to the rule. If you are moving to a new place farther away, you could benefit from the assistance that chain corporations can offer. Through them, you can enlist your home with an agent, plus your agent can communicate with another broker who can search for a new place for you in the state or region, where you plan to move.

There are also several advantages to working with an independent agent. For one, you could discuss the commission and ask him if he could reduce his asking fee, which is difficult to do when working with a chain representative, as he will have to check with his superiors first and ask for their approval regarding such issues. Moreover, an independent agent usually works harder for his clients as well.

3Find An Ideal Agent For Your Needs

It's best to employ an agent who will involve you in the entire process. Find one whom you can readily work and communicate with. An ideal agent is one who will manage your listing, explain to you the pricing strategies, tell you about how much your property is worth, organize open houses, finalize deals, do the necessary paperwork, and complete the transaction properly.

Opt for an agent who is trustworthy, respected, open, and helpful. These are the characteristics of an excellent agent. Moreover, moving from one place to another may be exciting, but it's also tedious. You need to include a lot of things in your to-do list, like getting your utilities connected and organized. Still, no one can dispute the fact that settling in a new place and a new environment is something that can fill you with hope and excitement.

4Have A Moving To-Do List

Whether or not, it's your first or fifth time to move, it's always helpful to have a to-do list so that you can manage things more efficiently and forget nothing. Yes, moving into your new residence can be a little stressful and tricky. Not only do you have to ensure that your utilities and services are working, but you should also make sure that your deliveries like your paper, are in order.

It's possible that you won't know when you will close so it can be difficult to tell your service providers the exact date when you need your services activated. In such cases, you may have to tell a white lie and give them a date which could be the earliest move-in date that you are targeting. You could perhaps say June 30, if that is the date when your escrow is going to close. Often, the closing date is moved later in case something comes up which is often. This could be cutting it too close, but it's a risk that you may have to take.

5Check With Utility And Service Providers

It is prudent to communicate with the companies that provide your service and utility as soon as possible, and let them know about your "connect by no later than" date. Keep in mind that you could be waiting for a while for your services to be properly hooked up if a lot of construction is going on in the area where you're moving. So, schedule an early date for your services to be connected and be prepared to wait.

As the deadline that you've set draws near, you may also get some news about your mortgage which may not all be good. There could be issues regarding your past loan payoffs or perhaps some inaccuracies regarding your credit that would take a long time for you to settle with the credit reporting bureau. When such things occur, things won't likely get done according to the schedule that you've set.

6Request For An Extension, If Needed

As the 30th of June approaches, get in touch with the companies responsible for your utilities and other services so that you could ask for an extension, since it's becoming more evident that the deal and other plans that you've set won't get done on time. Most companies are eager to accommodate such requests, but you may have to pay a small fee for changing the dates. More often than not, it's much simpler for companies to postpone your service once you've given them a more accurate date.

It's possible to continue postponing your services until the right time comes. Nevertheless, there's no guarantee, and a utility company could deny your request and require you to begin the entire process all over again. Still, it's worth a try, since many companies are willing to delay the installation for a few days and even longer.

7Set Up Your New Service

One huge concern of anyone who is moving is getting the needed services in their new home properly installed. When you move, there are a few essential things that you will need to install. Keep in mind that there will likely be times when you have to choose between two similar service providers. For instance, when considering internet services, perhaps you need to decide whether or not you should go with a cable modem or DSL.

People don't typically sign up for both; it's either of the two. If you were to choose, which do you think is the better option? When weighing your choices, consider the following: connection or installation fees, monthly charges, the speed of service, as well as other unique challenges when it comes to setting it up in the area that you prefer. You also have to choose between either wired or wireless for common appliances, like television, DSL lines, and audio gadgets.

8Check For Proper Utilities Set Up

Nowadays, most modern homes are set up so that these will readily accommodate hi-tech equipment, like phones, computers, A/V, or television. In case your house is pre-wired, make use of what's already there. But remember that there are also a lot of wireless options that are more affordable and efficient. For example, NetGear and other wireless manufacturers can hook you up for just under $100, as compared with setting up a Cat-5 wire through your new house.

With a wireless connection, all you have to do is link your wireless router to the cable modem or DSL and then to your computer via USB port. After installing the drivers successfully, your software is all set. There are a lot of wireless tools that you can buy from Sony, and they can even readily set up your entertainment system.

9Choose Wireless Equipment

A lot of wireless systems use infrared technology which means that the equipment must be in sight. If not, the sound will not function. Opting for wireless is usually the cheaper choice, especially if you're moving into a new home that has not been pre-wired. Then, after finalizing all arrangements regarding your utility and other service providers, it's time to think of transportation service for your furniture and other heavy possessions.

Don't put this off until the last day. Make arrangements as early as possible; search online or check out the yellow pages for a reliable moving company. Check out your options and settle on the best one that has a reasonable fee. Also, as you pack all your stuff, don't hesitate to throw items that you no longer need. This way, you won't be burdened with things that will only clutter your new home.

The issues mentioned here will help you to get started on moving. In case you are still on the early stages of moving, perhaps you should get in touch with an experienced real estate agent who can help you with the entire process; don't settle for someone just because his or her services are cheap. Remember that the more experienced and respected an agent is, the more success he will have in selling your old home for the price that you want, and he can also help make arrangements for you to make your move easier and less stressful.

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John Quintana

John Quintana is a proud Cuban, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida, where he lives surrounded by a loving family. When he's not writing, he spends his time either fishing or in the kitchen.