If You’re Selling a Home
You probably know that working with a Realtor is an indispensable part of selling your home. For one thing, your Realtor can list your property in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), providing your home with incomparable exposure and ensuring you have as many Realtors as possible helping to find a buyer. But that’s not all a Realtor does to market your home. He or she knows how to specifically target advertising to reach buyers for your home, and uses all the marketing tools available to ensure that your home is sold expediently. Additionally, a Realtor conducts a variety of other marketing efforts on your behalf, from holding open houses and handling phone inquiries to showing your home to the prospective buyers.
What does a Realtor do for you besides find buyers? Plenty. A Realtor provides information on local market conditions to help you price your property realistically and fairly, and keeps you abreast of changes in the market which may affect your property. And let’s face it: buying or selling a home means paperwork, lots of it. When it comes to closing escrow, a Realtor can be invaluable, leading you through the paper trail with a steady hand, and familiarizing you with escrow, insurance, property disclosures and inspection procedures.
Like finding any good professional, the best way to locate a Realtor is through recommendations from friends or those who have bought or sold homes recently. Ask for references and check each thoroughly. Also, interview several Realtors before you decide on one.