Should I Hire A Local Realtor To Sell My House?

So you’ve decided to sell your home, you must have a million and one questions. A good Realtor will be able to help you with these questions, and so much more. When it comes to selling your home, it pays to not only employ a Realtor, but a local Realtor. Why? A local Realtor knows all there is to know about the homes in your area.

A local Realtor knows about the market in your neighborhood. They’ll know what homes around you are selling for, how long they take to sell. They’ll be able to get you the best price based on what similar homes are going for, and local market trends.

What does a Realtor do?

A Realtor does more than just list your home – at least the good ones do. A good Realtor will be with you every step of the way, representing your best interest.

Finding listings

Realtors have a database that lists all the local properties for sale called MLS. This database, includes listings that may not be available to the public. They also have exclusive access to “pocket listings” that are not known to everyone and are an agency exclusive.

Knowing the local market

One of the best reasons to use a local Realtor is that they know and understand the local market. They’ll know what neighborhoods are trending, and which ones are on their way out. A Realtor will also know how quickly homes are selling, and what they’re selling for.

Showing the home

You can leave it to a good Realtor to know when and where the best open houses are. They’ll also be able to help you schedule your own open house.

Gathering knowledge

Agents all speak the same language, so if the people buying your home have an agent, it pays for you to have an agent, too. A good Realtor will get down to business and use their skills to get to know the other party, gathering knowledge on their timeline and other details to help you sell or buy.

Negotiating contracts

If you want the best deal possible, your local Realtor will help you get it. They’re there to help you negotiate a deal while providing you with useful advice.

Closing the deal

After your offer is accepted, there is still work to be done. Your realtor will work with any loan officers to help you recognize deal makers or breakers.

How to choose a local agent?

Your agent is here to work for you, and they should always have your best interest in mind when making a deal with a buyer. You’ll want to choose a Realtor that has experience and know-how. They’ll know how to market themselves well, and their face is everywhere.

You should look for an agent that wants your business and is willing to go the extra mile for you – even if a deal is going south.

Jameel Batshon, Broker/Co-Founder of Century 21 Cornerstone Realtors has 15 Years of Real Estate Experience with a background in Lending that started in 2002 at Household Finance Company. Jameel was Born in San Francisco, Ca and moved to the East Bay at a young age. Jameel has been a licensed Realtor since 2004.