We’re going to look at: 5 tips for hiring the right Los Angeles real estate agent. So, you’re thinking about selling your Los Angeles home, and everyone you know including the gardener is giving you a referral or advice. Perhaps you know a few people whom happen to have a real estate license, but also work a day job, or maybe you have a sister-in-law or your Yoga instructor is licensed to sell real estate in California. There are plenty of Realtors on reality T.V. now too, maybe you should call their talent agents?
The prospect of hiring “not just anyone” to facilitate a successful sale for your most expensive investment can seem overwhelming or taunting, I completely get that.
You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you interview two or three local real estate agents before you make a decision. Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, below are 5 tips for hiring the right Los Angeles real estate agent.
What have you sold lately?
If a real estate agent can’t share with you at least a handful of recent Los Angeles transactions they have recently sold, that may be a red flag. Even if they share success stories make sure you get specific address’ which include the listing price and final sale price. Knowing how long the property was on the MLS would be smart too. Homes usually get the highest and best price within three weeks of being for sale on the market.
What’s the competition look like?
A Realtor worth their weight should know about properties currently on the market for sale and how they compare to yours. Realtors look at location, lot size, livable square feet, and features and benefits of a property to come up with value. If the Los Angeles Realtor you’re interviewing cannot do that, that’s something to consider. You want to work with a real estate agent that knows your area like the back of their hand.
How long have you been selling L.A. real estate?
If the Realtor you’re interviewing has been in business for less than 3-5 years they could be learning the ropes on your house – not good. I’m not suggesting that newer real estate agents are bad news, but if you do decide to hire a newer agent make sure they have proper guidance and are working closely with a senior agent or sales team.
How are you going to sell my home?
Now it’s time to find out how this real estate agent is going to sell your home in a short time for top dollar. What’s their marketing plan look like? Does it include professional photographs, a colored floor plan, a custom website, online advertisements, or a specific number of days on the market to collect multiple offers? If the agent you’re interviewing cannot show you a detailed and proven marketing strategy then you should take another meeting. You deserve to work with a real estate agent who has a proven track record of selling properties in a short amount of time and for top dollar.
Do you sell a lot in this neighborhood?
At the end of the day, you should work with a real estate agent who specializes in your neighborhood. Work with an active real estate agent who can tell you about the recent neighborhood sales and which agents where involved in the transactions, and how specific planned developments could impact your area. Work with an agent who cares about his business and the community they work within.
When you’re thinking about buying or selling a Los Angeles home take your time when hiring a real estate agent. Make sure you’re comfortable with the agent’s knowledge, business ethics, marketing plan, and track record. Just because your dog walker’s roommate has a real estate license doesn’t mean they’ll give you the best experience or earn you the most return on your investment.
Your Los Angeles Real Estate Expert
This article, 5 tips for hiring the right Los Angeles real estate agent, was provided by Glenn Shelhamer of The Shelhamer Real Estate Group. If you are selling your Los Angeles home, I have a comprehensive marketing plan, including preparing your Los Angeles home properly that will help get your home sold in less time and for more money. Call me at 310-913-9477 or contact me to discuss how I will get your home sold.
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