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Old 11-20-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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We are getting close to having the house ready to go on the market. After looking at listings in the region, we've identified two offices that have similar properties.

One is upscale, catering to wealthy buyers. Most but not all of the homes are pricey and in the nearby vacation / tourist towns. Some of those properties would make our place look downright shabby. Our property is nice, but it is not in one of the ritzy zip codes.

The other is one of the offices in our zip code that has a mixed bag of properties, including the dumpier ones in the icky part of town. Our place would probably be on the high end of the offerings from this office.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to listing with either one of these offices? Any recommendations?
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I would never pick an "office". I would pick an agent. And one of the requirements would be that the agent has extensive knowledge of the town I am selling in.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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To expand on manderly's advice I would strongly recommend making appointments with at least three of agents that are recommended to you through trusted friends that have recently been successful in selling their homes.

The agents should be able to present you with not just a competitive analysis of the likely price to set for your home but also the various strategies the agents are skilled at in marketing your home to the most likely sets of buyers.

A huge percentage of all home buyers rely extensively on high quality online photos, valid info about room sizes, accurate info about schools and easy cross comparisons...

Last edited by chet everett; 11-20-2013 at 01:37 PM..
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Default You pick an agent

For me, three questions for the prospective agent.
1. How many sides have you done in the last 12 months and can you prove it?
2. In the selling process, how many times will I sign a piece of paper? Any number larger than zero is an automatic disqualification.
3. How will you market my house?
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: northern va
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For me, three questions for the prospective agent.
1. How many sides have you done in the last 12 months and can you prove it?
2. In the selling process, how many times will I sign a piece of paper? Any number larger than zero is an automatic disqualification.
3. How will you market my house?
i'm assuming you mean a wet signature, vs docusign etc..
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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2. In the selling process, how many times will I sign a piece of paper? Any number larger than zero is an automatic disqualification.
Well, properly scheduled, some papers are downright easy to sign. Plus, when I sell, I'm always happy to sign a deed.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Well, properly scheduled, some papers are downright easy to sign. Plus, when I sell, I'm always happy to sign a deed.
I am still pissed that the title company made me sign pieces of paper.
Up until that point, EVERYTHING was electronic.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: northern va
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I am still pissed that the title company made me sign pieces of paper.
Up until that point, EVERYTHING was electronic.
now that lenders are allowed docusign for some documents, it's only a matter of time before title companies can follow suit.. Only thing I think that may always be wet is deed related
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Choose an agent who has lots of experience with your type of property and tells you upfront that he can sell your house. Then let him tell you how he intends to do so.

Agents these days work more as independent business owners than workers out of a particular offers. Be sure to have a look at their specific websites.

Interview at least three agents.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: NC
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FrugalYankee, I was wondering if you have made a decision on the realtor. My husband is getting ready to put his house on the market and is facing a similar decision after speaking to two realtors, one also catering mostly to vacation/ritzy areas. I posted more about it on another thread.
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