Selecting A Real Estate Agent
What Should I Look For In a Real Estate Agent?
Here are a couple of factors to keep in mind when looking for a listing agent:
- Experience and Expertise. You want a full-time agent who’s familiar with the US Virgin Islands and with the type of property you intend to sell. Does he or she employ a diverse range of marketing and advertising strategies? How tech-savvy is your agent? How many similar properties has he been able to sell in the past?
- Availability and Commitment. Your agent should be capable of prompt and decisive action during the course of selling your home. Do they make it a point to keep in touch with you constantly? Can they easily be contacted in case of emergencies or even for the simplest questions?
- Rapport. Do they take the time out to listen to your goals and clarify your needs? Can they understand your unique situation and be genuinely concerned about the outcome of the process? Your listing agent will be your guide and partner in this crucial decision, so it’s important to find one you can get along with.
Why Should I Work with a Real Estate Agent?
1. Real Estate Agents Know How to Get the Job Done
A real estate agent will have easy access to all other properties listed by other agents and will manage appointments with interested parties and answer their questions.
2. Negotiating Is Tricky Business
What is your home worth? Without a professional agent, most independent home sellers tend to overestimate the value of their home. You can avoid this pitfall by consulting with an experienced real estate listing agent.
In the negotiation phase, a real estate agent can speak for on your behalf during difficult deals, which can put you in a better position to get the house you want. Sellers can benefit from a real estate agent who knows how to finesse the conversation while representing the seller’s interests.
3. Contracts Can Be Hard To Handle
An experienced real estate agent deals with the same contracts and conditions on a regular basis, and is familiar with which conditions should be used, when they can safely be removed and how to use the contract to protect you, whether you’re buying or selling your home.