So you’ve made the decision to sell your house but aren’t quite sure how to choose an agent, what to look for or even what questions to ask. Choosing a realtor is perhaps the most important decision you will make when selling your house. A good realtor will make the rest of the process much more manageable. Choose your realtor well and sell your house … fast!

Here are a few tips to select the right realtor for you?

Get Referrals

This is the single best way to find a good realtor. Talk to friends, neighbors, business associates, and even your hair stylist. They hear it all! Ask them who they would use to sell their house. When you start hearing a name over and over, you have a good lead!

Interview Them

Now that you have two or three names, set up a meeting to talk with them. Respect their time – good Realtors are busy people. Offer to meet at their office or some other convenient place. You may even interview them over the phone.

You’re looking for two things from your realtor – someone with whom you have good chemistry and someone who can deliver the results you want. You have to feel comfortable with your realtor at the start because selling your home can be extremely stressful. If you know they have a reputation for delivering results and trust them, the process will be smoother, even if little to nothing seems to be happening while your home is active on the market.

Verify Their Information

The easiest way to do this is to search the Internet for real testimonials from past clients on their performance, work ethic and community involvement. Facebook, google+, yelp, trulia, redfin, and Zillow all have areas for agent referrals that will be less biased then a sheet of paper the agent may hand you after their presentation. Ask to see any professional designations they’ve earned. You should also ask for third-party verification for any claims that were made. For instance, have they sold 30 homes in 2011, did they tell you about a national award or did they show you actual proof?

Follow Up On References

Good agents will be happy to provide you with references to two or three satisfied sellers. The more recently they’ve sold, the better – you want to talk to people who faced circumstances as close as possible to yours. Contact them to see if they would use the same realtor again.

Hire Your Agent

Pick the agent you think is best suited for the task at hand. Once you made the decision, notify them to get the process rolling. You should also drop a note or email to any other Realtors you interviewed thanking them again for their time. You never know, they might just have a buyer perfect for your home.

Feel free to download my Home-Selling Checklist which is a great resource for beginning the process of selling your home.

When Average Won’t Do

I encourage you to think about what is important to you when you’re choosing a realtor during this process. My past clients can speak upon my level of expertise. Please review their Testimonials here. You can also view a short Listing Presentation here. If proven performance, ability, experience, market knowledge, expertise and an advanced system that can sell your home as quickly as possible, are the qualities you are looking for in an agent, please contact me on my mobile 831.247.0477 or fill out this Contact Form at your earliest convenience. I look forward to talking with you!