When deciding to sell your Port St. Lucie or Martin County home, hiring a Realtor is one of the most important things you can do. Once you sign a listing agreement, you are usually locked in for several months. It is crucial that you choose a Treasure Coast Realtor that will effectively advertise and show your home, and also manage the entire process from start to finish. Here are some useful tips to help you find real estate professional to help with all of your home selling needs.
Keep it Local
You have heard the saying, “Real Estate is about Location, Location, Location.” Your Realtor should be very knowledgeable of your local area, schools, and the local activity in your Real Estate market. Having an out-of-town agent could leave you open to major problems. For example, a Realtor unfamiliar with Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, or Stuart might not know that your neighborhood has a special assessment that must be disclosed. This information could cause a qualified buyer to back out or at a minimum cost more money out of the seller’s pocket.
Another plus of having a local Realtor is that they can easily show the house if they get a call from a prospect. This is extremely important as a good amount of calls come from people that are at the house calling from the sign in the yard. If your Realtor can get to these prospects in 10 minutes or less to show them the house, that might stop them from looking at others in your neighborhood and possibly losing a sale!
You Want an Expert
Your potential Realtor should know every different possible way that Port St. Lucie or Stuart buyers can purchase your house. There are several different types of loan programs for the Treasure Coast that will allow a range of different types of buyers to get qualified. Your Realtor should know the in’s and out’s of these loans as well as the potential “dis-qualifiers” that could cause you to waste time. The more loan programs your Realtor has in their arsenal equals a larger the group of buyers that could purchase your home. The majority of buyers that use financing will usually want a loan program that has the lowest down-payment possible. Make sure your Realtor can help these buyers!
Power Team is a Must!
Realtors come across all different types of situations and Real Estate needs. A good agent should have on standby a team of professionals that provide Real Estate related services. We call this the power team. This team includes a good Port St. Lucie or Stuart mortgage lender, title company, Real Estate attorney, insurance agent, home inspector, home appraiser, and contractor. Your Realtor should also have a good idea of the charges for each of these services or at least be able to get you an estimate in a timely fashion. When selling your home, you might have a buyer who needs to get a loan, or maybe a buyer who wants something fixed on the house. It is always good to be prepared and have a trusted power team setup to handle any need.
Marketing Maniacs Sell Homes
If your Realtor can count the ways they market your home on one hand, then you should probably find another. Most agents will put a home on the MLS and their website. But is that enough exposure to get the house sold? Remember, this is a numbers game. The more people that see your house for sale, the more chance you have of selling. Advertising on the MLS and a local website is good, but not enough. A good Realtor should also be advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Blogs, as wells as multiple websites like Realtor.com, Homes.com, Trulia.com, and more. Social media and networking are the new trends and more than 500 million possible buyers are on Facebook alone! Your Realtor must be a marketing maniac and consistently be advertising online every week!
Realtors Are Not Miracle Workers
You may have the best Realtor around, but nobody is going to buy your house if it is over-priced, or priced to high for the condition. Make sure you know what homes are selling for in your area and have your Realtor give you a market analysis so that you can price your home accordingly. A good Realtor can get buyers to your home, but a bad price will make them leave just as fast!
On a final note, make sure you shop around and once you find a Realtor, stick with them! Realtors work very hard and long hours with no pay until closing. When you agree to work with a Realtor, make sure you stick with them to the end and honor your contractual relationship like you would expect the Realtor to do.
By Chad Miller
Chad Miller is a Realtor, Investor, and Entrepreneur in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He specializes in helping those in his community with their Real Estate dreams and teaching everyone about Real Estate and Investing. Chad is an expert at investing in Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.