Selling your HRVA Home? Here are 10 questions to ask your potential agent.

Erin Ward
Erin Ward
Published on July 24, 2018

Not all Agents are created equal, so when it’s time to sell your Hampton Roads home how do you ensure your agent has what it takes to sell your home fast for top dollar?

We have put together 10 questions you should ask any agent including the HRVA Homes team!

1. What are your credentials?

Your agent should not only have a state license, but also be a member of their local real estate board giving them access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Taking it one step farther all of the HRVA Homes Agents are members of the National Association of Realtors and must adhere to a strict code of ethics with access to ongoing training to improve on skills. 

2. How many sales did you close last year?

The number of sales an Agent has had in the past doesn’t always mean they will be successful in selling your home, but it will give you a good idea of their track record and the “hustle factor” of the Agent. Another great question is what is their average price rang, this will let you know their familiarity with homes in your price bracket as well as how to market and appeal to buyers looking in your price range.

3. Do you specialize in this neighborhood?

Be sure your agent is familiar with your immediate area. Hampton Roads has 7 cities with very distinct offerings and often even more distinct pockets of interest within the cities. Agents need to sell more than just your home, they also need to be able to sell the neighborhood. The HRVA Homes team has indepth knowledge on most areas on both the Peninsula and Southside areas of Hampton Roads.

4. How do you arrive at the listing price?

You need to feel comfortable that your Agent, not only has access to MLS information, but also knows how to effectively use that information to price your home. A well priced home based on condition can sell quickly. List too high and your home will set on the markey and ultimately it can greatlyeffect whether your home sells at all.

5. Whom will I be working with?

You should know who you will be working with when hiring an agent. Will you be handed off to a listing specialist? Will you primarily speak with another team member? Large teams have their positive sides and can make the process much easier and accommodatin, but you can also feel lost and miss one-on-one attention.

HRVA Homes has a great mix of team combined with ongoing personalized attention. Our Client Care Coordinator Hope will keep you updated on showing eedback, showing schedules, and marketing activities while still allowing you direct access at all times to your HRVA Homes Agent. Our team is always available meeting your needs and time restraints. 

6. How much will selling my home cost?

There should be a great plan laid out for you when hiring your Agent. Ask about all costs upront to avoid surprises. Things such as commission, closing fees, and when the market allows closing cost assistance can ensure you have a solid picture of what to expect.

You can also use these numbers to compare Agents, but remember you get what you pay for so discount Agents may not offer the same things that the HRVA Homes team does to sell your home quickly and for top dollar.

7. What is your sales plan?

We always have a written plan that shows exactly how we will when, when and how we will market your home and it’s always unique targeted to your specific home.

A multi-pronged approach is needed these days so be sure you see in writing how your Agent plans to sell your home and ensure that plan includes ongoing feedback and updates for you.

8. What should I do to get my house ready?

We offer solida advice on what you can do to be ready to list your home here on our website and even more indepth in person. Our no-cost staging advice will help you be ready for showings at a moments notice!

9. How will we communicate?

We are very flexible with communication, but we want to make sure we use the best mode of communication for you. Phone, email, text and even social media messaging, you name it we can make sure we connect with you using your preferred mething. We will also detail out our impressive communication plan that will ensure you know what is happening with your home sale at all time.

Be sure any Agent you use gives you a detailed communication plan.

10. How long will the process take?

There is no way any Agent can guarantee how fast your home will sell, but they should be able to give you a good idea based on current market conditions. The current national average is 65 days, but this can also be impacted by things like your homes condition, list price and other factors. 

Ensure your Agent has a good idea of current market conditions and provides an estimated timeline you should expect.

 

Call or text 757-303-2367 for answers to all of these questions and your own personal no-cost selling consultation.

 

 

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