How to choose a real estate agent
Selling your home? Here are six expert tips for choosing a real estate agent.
Selling a home is a big undertaking – and a sizeable financial commitment. So choosing a highly skilled and trustworthy real-estate agent to guide you through the process, and hopefully secure the highest sale price, is essential. (Plus, these are seven of the biggest mistakes to avoid making when selling a house.)
The average cost of selling a home in a metropolitan area is around $18,000 to $25,000, according to David Ginnane, chief executive of Agent Select, an online agent comparison platform, and RACV business partner.
“Selling a home is one of the most complex, nerve-racking, stress-inducing and expensive transactions that people will do in their lives,” says David. “It is also a transaction that is steeped in a lack of trust and unfamiliarity.”
“You want to work with somebody you feel comfortable with and trust they have your best interests at heart,” says Leah Calnan, president of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, the industry’s main member organisation.
So how do you find an agent you can trust, relate to and who will get the best price for your property? We asked David and Leah for their top tips.