Thinking of putting your home on the market? According to realtor.com, April 10–16 may be the best week of 2022 to list your home.
If you have been thinking about selling your home, but don’t know where to start, look no further. One of the best ways to start your sale process is to find the right real estate professional to help you.
REAL ESTATE AGENT VS. REALTOR®
You know how every square is rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square? The same can be said for real estate agents. Every REALTOR® is a real estate agent, but not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®. What’s the difference between the two?
Both have to pass the agent licensing requirements in their state, but to be a REALTOR®, they have to take an extra step. A REALTOR® has to pass the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Code of Ethics course to become a NAR member while real estate agents do not.
4 STEPS TO FIND A REAL ESTATE AGENT
It is important to trust your real estate agent. After all, they will be helping you navigate the offers you get and representing you throughout the selling process. Here are some steps to take to make sure you and your real estate agent click.
- Interview them. You wouldn’t buy your next house without seeing it first. So, why would you sell your current home without knowing who is representing you? Interviewing a prospective real estate agent or REALTOR® ensures your best interests are represented throughout the process.
- Give them the details. Help your real estate agent understand why you are wanting to sell. It is also good to let them know if you are on a time crunch or are open to staying to the market longer to try and get a higher offer.
- Create a plan. Work with your REALTOR® or real estate agent to create a plan of action. This is especially important if you will remain in your home when the showings start. Decide how many showings you will have a day, how much advance notice you need of said showings, and how they will market your home.
- Get it in writing. You and your agent will need to agree on the fine details. It is best to get these in writing so that you can both be held accountable. Things like, commission, sale price, and length of contract should be decided and agreed upon before you list your home with them.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Selling your house means you’ll need to find a new one. Get ahead of the pack by getting prequalified1 for a home loan. Prequalification is free and will help you create a budget when looking for your next house. When you prequalify for a loan you can make an offer immediately and have more negotiating power than a buyer that isn’t prequalified.
Ready to finance your next home? Connect with a PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company® loan expert today to get started.
1 All loans subject to credit approval. A prequalification is not an approval of credit, and does not signify that underwriting requirements have been met. Conditions and restrictions may apply.