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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Hire an Agent

Thursday, September 24, 2020   /   by Tom Pileggi

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Hire an Agent

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Not all real estate agents are the same. If you decide to seek the help of an agent when selling or buying your home, you need some good information before you make any moves. 

An agent can cost or save you thousands of dollars 

Picking an agent is one of those critical issues that can cost or save you thousands of dollars. There are very specific questions you should be asking to ensure that you get the best representation for your needs. Some agents may prefer that you don’t ask these questions, because the knowledge you’ll gain from their honest answers will give you a very good idea about what outcome you can expect from using this agent. And let’s face it - in real estate, as in life - not all things are created equal. 

Hiring a real estate agent is just like any hiring process - with you on the boss’s side of the desk. It’s critical that you make the right decision about who will handle what is probably the single largest financial investment you will ever make. Here are 3 out of the 10 that you should know about right now.


1. What makes you different? Why should I list my home with you? 

It’s a much tougher real estate market than it was a decade ago. What unique marketing plans and programs does this agent have in place to make sure that your home stands out favorably versus other competing homes? What things does this agent offer you that others don’t to help you sell your home in the least amount of time with the least amount of hassle and for the most amount of money? 

2. What is your company’s track record and reputation in the market place? 

It may seem like everywhere you look, real estate agents are boasting about being #1 for this or that, or quoting you the number of homes they’ve sold. If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve probably become immune to much of this information. Afterall, you ask, “Why should I care about how many homes one agent sold over another. The only thing I care about is whether they can sell my home quickly for the most amount of money.” 

Well, because you want your home sold fast and for top dollar, you should be asking the agents you interview how many homes they have sold. I’m sure you will agree that success in real estate is selling homes. If one agent is selling a lot of homes where another is selling only a handful, ask yourself why this might be? What things are these two agents doing differently? 

You may be surprised to know that many agents sell fewer than 10 homes a year. This volume makes it difficult for them to do full impact marketing on your home, because they can’t raise the money it takes to afford the advertising and special programs to give your home a high profile. Also, at this low level, they probably can’t afford to hire an assistant, which means that they’re running around trying to do all the components of the job themselves, which means service may suffer. 

3. What are your marketing plans for my home? 

How much money does this agent spend in advertising the homes s/he lists versus the other agents you are interviewing? In what media (newspaper, magazine, TV etc.) does this agent advertise? What does s/he know about the effectiveness of one medium over the other?

So here are 3 out of the 10 in an effort to draw attention to this very important topic.  If you would like to see all 10, I have put together a free report entitled 
”10 Things You Need to Know Before You Hire an Agent"
which explains the issues in greater detail. 

To order a FREE Special Report, visit https://www.pileggirealestateteam.com or to hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-844-707-8053 and enter 1007. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also text me at 416-917-6566

 

Receive your free special report NOW to find out what you need to know to make your move-up to a larger home worry-free and without complication.

 

Thank you for reading this week’s blog and Go Serve Big!!!

Tom Pileggi, Broker
Pileggi Real Estate Team


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