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How Important Is Your Real Estate Agent?

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Seriously, your choice of real estate broker and agent may be the most important decision you make, when it comes to factors you CAN and CANNOT control in selling your Crofton home.

In fact, it could mean the difference between SOLD and REDUCED AGAIN because you will rely upon your agent for advice at each and every step of the home sale transaction – and that’s just the factors that you can control. 

The level of experience, skill, and training that your agent has for addressing, or even overcoming, the factors you cannot control is more important.  It’s the reason most people choose a full-service experienced real estate professional instead of an agent or broker who simply throws your home up on the MLS and provides you with standard forms for a discount fee. 

A good analogy

It’s kinda like the difference between treatment by your physician or an over-the-counter remedy at Walmart when you have heart palpitations or even severe allergy symptoms.  And, while I’m on the subject, you pay the physician more than you do Walmart because you get what you pay for.   The same is true in real estate – and the results speak for themselves.

Just ask Ty and Mel, whose Bowie home I listed and sold within hours – for $6,000 more than they expected, on a holiday weekend.  Or Dan and Charlotte, who pocketed an extra $35,000 because I sold their Severna Park home and side yard separately.  Or Dan and Sue, whose credit was saved when I sold their Crofton townhome with a program that two previous agents didn’t know anything about.

Just for the record

Statistics indicate that about 1/3 of all real estate licensees have been in the business two years or less, and another 1/3 for five years or less.  That means only 1/3 of all licensed real estate agents have been in the business for more than five years.  Think about it…  Relatively few of today’s real estate agents have previous experience in a buyers’ market like we have today.  (Not to mention all the new real estate brokers that came onto the scene in the easy days of the real estate bubble.)

It’s never been more important to choose an experienced real estate professional.  It’s one of the best investments you could make for maximizing your profits and minimizing your home-selling hassles.  In fact, I think it’s fair to say that choosing the right agent is the single greatest factor affecting your home sale in 2008.

Choosing your real estate agent

Six Things to Look for In Your Real Estate Agent may help you choose the right real estate agent.  It will, at least, give you some food for thought.

 

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the Crofton area or ANYWHERE in Anne Arundel County and nearby Prince Georges or Howard Counties, give me a call.  In the meantime, here are the earlier blog posts in this Monday series of posts for home sellers:

A SOLD Sign in Your Crofton Front Yard 

Factors That Impact the Sale of Real Estate

Pricing Your Crofton Home for Sale

Five Things Crofton Home Sellers Must Do

Crofton Home Buyers Want to See Your Home

One Big Secret for Effectively Marketing Your Crofton Home

Negotiating Skills Are Essential for Crofton Home Sellers

 

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