Sooner or later everyone asks one of two questions: Should we buy and should we sell? It’s inevitable. The American Dream is to own a plot of land, build a home, and share that home with your family. If you’ve rented your entire life sooner or later you’re going to want to own your own home. If you’ve purchased a home sooner or later you’re going to need to upgrade into something larger for your expecting child to be or maybe it’s time to down size since the kids went off to college. Sooner or later you’re going to want to either buy or to sell.
Did you know that most real estate agents do not stay in contact with their clients? The majority lose contact after the first year. They stop calling, writing letters, emails, they just fall out of touch. A few more years go by and then the clients are thinking of buying a larger house. They can’t for the life of them remember who their agent was. At this time one of two things happens. One, they ask friends and family if they know of a real estate agent that might be able to help them. Two, the go online and start to do a bit of research.
Whether you choose to talk with your friend’s real estate agent or do some research yourself you should be qualifying them and making sure they will work right with you. First ask them if they are a Realtor. Being a Realtor means they stand for a code of ethics that is greater than them. The majority of litigation issues in Colorado are between real estate agents and their clients fall in the category of the agent that is not a Realtor.
Ask what marketing strategies they have in place at this very moment that will ensure your home sells. Take a look at their website and yes judge the agent on their site. If they haven’t taken the time to make a site that speaks volumes then they won’t speak volumes for you. Ask them how many listings they currently have because if they don’t have a fair amount of listings then that means people aren’t choosing them to be their agents for a reason. Ask how many units they sold in the previous year, this will tell you how active they are as an agent.
First and foremost you want to make sure you and your future agent click. You need to ask the hard questions because you don’t want to be frustrated six months later with not having sold your home or not having found a home to buy. While I am all for using friends, family, and referrals for your real estate needs please qualify them and make sure they are the right fit for you.
If you need to sell your home this year and or you’re looking to purchase a new home please contact your Colorado Dream House Team.