There are many brokers and many types of brokers available. Like the kinds of homes available across Erath County, different brokers will appeal to different sellers. But there are some absolutes that all brokers should possess. The overall goal should be to locate an agent who will sell your home using a range of marketing tools to get you the best deal possible in a reasonable amount of time, all while charging a fair commission. Alison Rogers, author of Diary of a Real Estate Rookie, and an experienced broker in the ever-changing market of New York City, lists 10 questions you should pose to a prospective broker:
How much can I sell my house for? It is important to know that you and the agent are on the same page in terms of value expectations.
What are your marketing strategies? The broker should have a range of techniques to market your property.
In what ways has your business changed over the years? You want to know that the agency is stable but also that they are agile enough to adapt to market changes.
What can you tell me about your most recent deals? You want to hear about their success stories as well as any challenges and how they overcame them.
Do you have a specialty? Again, there are many kinds of brokers and some may be more experienced selling your kind of property.
How many properties are you currently selling? It’s nice to know that your broker is in demand, but you also want to ensure that you won’t be lost in the shuffle.
What do I need to do? A broker should always set clear expectations and responsibilities for you as the seller.
What do I do about offers relying on an FHA loan? Government-guaranteed financing from the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and state and locally managed loan assistance programs can be viable sources of funding from sellers.
What is your commission? Make sure there are no surprises later.
Do you have references? Talking to a past client can provide clear perspective on your broker.
At Hayden Real Estate, we are accustomed to and ready to address these questions. We are experts in Stephenville real estate and Erath County. We have years of experience in pricing properties and past successes in selling area homes. As an agile group, we are quick to adapt to market conditions and can help you gauge a rapidly-changing property market. Give us a call today to talk about how we can help you sell your Stephenville home.
“Desiree Bridges went above and beyond to help us first time home buyers go through the, at times stressful, process. She constantly followed up on items and helped us stay on track, along with the bank and seller. Throughout the entire process she was professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. She took our complete lack of real estate knowledge in stride and answered every question. We never had to worry that something was slipping through the cracks on her end. And now we are satisfied home owners. Highly recommend and if I were gonna to buy another one I’d go with Miss Desiree again at Hayden Real Estate!!”
“Eric & Jamie Hayden were great to work with. They are very responsive and know the area well. They have a great team around them that made the process of selling very easy. We were out of state during the sale and they went above and beyond to assist in coordinating with us. Definitely recommend!”
“Terry Childers was extremely helpful, reliable, friendly, and knowledgeable. We had some bad luck while house hunting but Terry was persistent and never let up. He went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied. If we ever sell or buy again Terry is our only choice.”
“Jamie Stockstill held my hand through the entire process. Being a first time home buyer I had a million questions but she was always there, no matter what time of day, to answer my calls or texts. I always felt like she was working for my best interest. I will recommend her to anyone I come across looking to buy or sell.”
“Cindy Carrell is an amazing realtor! Cindy did an excellent job marketing our home & successfully helping it to sell for exactly what we wanted and in under 60 days. Cindy is professional and a pleasure to work with. She is prompt to answer questions and to help resolve those situations that arise while selling and buying a home. Cindy also helped us find our forever home within a week of listing our house. If you are looking for a realtor Cindy is an excellent choice!”