Are You a First Time Home Seller? “What To Expect From Your Real Estate Agent.” A Series - Part 1

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma

 

I see a lot of information for “first time home buyers” published but you may be a first time home seller.  Many of my listings are from “seller newbies”.  If this fits you, this series is for you but if you’ve done this many times, hopefully you will still find some useful information in this series.

 

emotionFor one reason or another, or maybe for several reasons, it’s time to sell your home.  You know it. You’ve thought it through.  Whether it’s been home for a short time or for many years, it’s still been home to you.  Often people get emotionally attached to their home.  It’s time to step back from that emotion.  It’s time to start thinking like someone who has a house to sell, instead of someone who owns a home. This will make it easier for you to be objective  Now is the time to get objective  . about the decisions that are going to have to be made in the process of selling your house. Being objective  means that the home will need to be prepared for selling objectively  , the list price will need to be set objectively  , any negotiations due to an offer being presented will need to be handled objectively  .  Your agent is going to be objective  and you need to be too.  

painting your house

 

 

 Some sellers de-clutter, paint  and repair some things before they call the agent.  Others call the agent first.  I prefer that a seller call me first. 

 

 

 

 

 Make The CallWhich agent to call? Ask friends that have sold a home, who they used. Check the internet for local agent’s websites, go to those websites and look them over.  Read the agent’s profile, look at how they display their listings, etc.  You’re thinking about your house being on that website, so look it over well.  You may end up with more than one agent that you want to talk to about selling your home. 

 

Call the agent. If you’ve called me, then we will agree on a time to come out and visit with you, view the property and talk about expectations on both sides.   

 

Promptness promotes a good business relationshipWhen that time arrives for me to be at your home, expect me to be on time or if I’ve been delayed expect a phone call, or communication in some manner to let you know that I’m running late.  That’s common courtesy. Promptness helps promote a good business relationship.  Expect me to have camera in hand.  Pre-listing photos will help me remember things as I do a Comparative Market Analysis to find the correct price range for your home.

 

Next in this series is what to expect during that initial visit to your home.

 

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William James Walton Sr.
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Good job on pointing out things that first time sellers should consider when deciding to list their home. I'm looking forward to your next installment.

Aug 13, 2009 09:32 AM #14
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Hi Judi, Congratulations on the feature. I am always amazed when I view many of the listings in our area, why the seller chose this agent. Perhaps that don't know that the agent should be advising them on getting the property looking it's best. And then maintaining it. If I could teach Sellers anything, it would be to understand that the way a property is presented can often determine if it will sell at all and when not done properly, will generally cause money to be left on the table. Your guidelines are great and it is a good Niche, " First Time Sellers"

Aug 13, 2009 10:56 AM #15
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Way to go Judi!  This is a great series for sellers.  And your presentation is simple and user friendly for sellers. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your series. 

Aug 13, 2009 11:32 AM #16
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Judy:

Good points!!!  Way to go!  Congratulations on getting a featured post, something I have yet to accomplish. 

 

Carol

Aug 13, 2009 12:57 PM #17
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Great start for the series. Hmmm, I was going to do a seller series too... now what :) ~Rita

Aug 13, 2009 01:32 PM #18
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What to expect when expecting. This is the best way to get to your real estate agent to work for you is to communicate your expectations

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Aug 13, 2009 01:36 PM #19
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Damon Gettier
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Very good blog......too bad you thought of it before I did!  Great post actually.

Aug 13, 2009 02:32 PM #20
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Very good ideas here. Sellers should know right up front what to expect, nothing less.

Aug 13, 2009 08:11 PM #21
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Judi, very good post.  I am looking forward to the rest of your series.

Aug 13, 2009 09:03 PM #22
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Great post and thanks for remembering there is another side to every dea....the seller side.

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Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate

Lenn, I believe the two step approach is best for both the seller and the broker..  sometimes even an extra step.  Each listing is different.  

I have seen listing presentations for sale.. that just doesn't make a lot of sense to me personally.  Maybe it does for some. 

Thanks for reading and commenting on my post.

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Chris Olsen Broker/Owner - Greater Cleveland Ohio (Olsen Ziegler Realty)

Chris, Thank you.  Without sellers we'll be out of business :)  I enjoy visiting with my sellers and working together to find the right buyer for their home, ooops... house.

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Betty Hesaltine 

Betty, Thanks for reading and commenting on the post. 

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Joe Pryor.com Realtor Oklahoma Investment Properties (RE/MAX Associates)

Joe, thanks for the comment.. it is so important that we do a good job these days and it sounds like you do! 

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Stephen Hodge, RE/MAX Sales Rep. Cobourg Ontario (Re/Max Lakeshore Realty Inc., Brokerage)

Stephen, Times have changed, many states have changed laws, things are not as simple as they used to be.  I am hoping to put some things in this series that I educate sellers on, every day.  Thanks so much for the comment.

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Claudette, Thanks so much for commenting.  i Like for sellers to call me early enough for me to influence the process from the beginning so that we can reach the end result that everyone hopes for.

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Bob, Thanks for wanting to reblog it and for asking permission to do so, but the reblog button should be active.. that speaks volumes.  Thanks!

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Erin Golding (Realty Executives Tri-County, Inc.)

Thanks so much.  Hope it helps yor business.

Aug 14, 2009 04:23 PM #31
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Judy -- Very nicely done... sorry I am a bit late getting here.

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Joan,

I was even later getting back.  :)

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