5 Questions To Help You Find The Perfect Real Estate Age

August 23, 2017 |
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When you’re ready to sell your home, you want an agent who’ll get you a great sale.

There are plenty of real estate agents and agencies out there, all promising to get you an excellent sale, but before picking one, make sure you find out the answers to the following questions:

You definitely want an agent who has made a number of sales through a changing property market

1. Do they have the skills to attract buyers to your property?

Experience is a huge plus when selling property. You want someone who knows exactly how to attract the right kind of buyers.

This year, we’re celebrating the 50th year of Laing+Simmons. We’ve been around since 1967, and there are many agents who’ve been with us for decades. The agent you choose probably won’t have been around for quite that long – in fact, they could be just starting out! What counts is that they are equipped with the motivation and the skills to get you a great sale. You’ll be able to gauge this by talking to them about their experience and the strategies they use to market properties to potential buyers.

2. Do they know the area like the back of their hand?

Look for an agent who knows your local area intimately. They may not have lived there their entire life – though many will have – but you definitely want to enlist the help of an agent who is familiar with prices in the area and upcoming projects that could affect the value of your home. You can ask them about what’s happening in the local property market and get an idea of how well they know your suburb.

3. Can they provide testimonials from former clients?

When shopping around to find the best agent to sell your home, it’s always a wise idea to ask for testimonials from their former clients. Testimonials are a way of gaining peace of mind that the agent you’re choosing has achieved some great sales in the past, and can also give you an idea of how good they are at establishing rapport. Some agents may have testimonials on their agent profile online, while others may prefer to pass them on in hard copy format. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

4. Are they accredited?

All real estate agents in NSW are legally required to have a licence to perform their work. You can check if your real estate agent is licensed online using the Service NSW website. Some agents may have undergone further education or accreditation that could add to their level of expertise, for example, an Auctioneers Accreditation.

In addition, you could ask your agent if they are a member of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW), NSW’s professional association for the real estate industry. Agents who are members must adhere to REINSW’s code of conduct, which encourages a high standard of ethical practice. Laing+Simmons’ Managing Director Leanne Pilkington is Deputy President of the REINSW, so our agents are held to the highest standards.

It’s worth asking your real estate agent as many questions as possible to find out if they’re the right person to sell your property.

5. Do they belong to a leading real estate franchise network?

There are plenty of independent agencies out there, but agents who work for franchises receive ongoing training and mentoring from industry experts that gives them the additional expertise needed to help you sell your home. Laing+Simmons is NSW’s leading boutique real estate franchise network, and we offer our agents the very best training and support to ensure they’re capable of getting the best results for you.

Are you in need of an experienced sales agent to help you achieve an incredible sale for your property? Contact your local Laing+Simmons office to find an agent today.

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