Las Vegas REALTORS® - Seller's Agent
Finding a Las Vegas Real Estate Agent
If you're like most people, your home is probably your most valuable possession. Chances are good that if you needed an operation you would not want an amateur to perform it, you'd want the most highly skilled physician available. The same philosophy should hold true for your home - you should hire the most highly skilled professional REALTOR® around to market it for you. Choose an agent that is truly experienced in your local market and has a large database of potential buyers. Learn About Our Team
Of course the goal of every seller is to realize the highest dollar amount practical for his property. This means exposing it to the largest possible pool of potential buyers in order to make sure that the offer received is truly the best one obtainable. Only a designated REALTOR® can place your home in the Greater Las Vegas Multiple Listing Service, so you will absolutely need to choose a full time agent that takes professional quality photos and can do open houses and provide flyers.
But in addition, you also need an agent that has a prominent Internet presence since more than 83% of buyers today start their search on the Internet. An agent should be able to provide you with hard documentation about the activity their listings are getting through Internet exposure. Ask to see the “back end” of the agent’s web site. This should tell you how many unique visitors visit the site daily. Also browse the Internet yourself for commonly searched terms like “Las Vegas Real Estate,” Henderson Real Estate” or “Las Vegas MLS Listings.” If you see the same agent’s sites coming up over and over again, chances are good their listings are getting high exposure.
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Interviewing Las Vegas Agents
So you’ve decided to sell your home and it's time to choose your agent. Being a savvy seller, you schedule appointments with three or four local agents chosen from friend's referrals or from mailings you've received.. Each agent comes prepared with a Competitive Market Analysis and they each recommend a specific sales price.
If you are like most people, you pick the agent who quotes you the highest price. This is an agent who seems willing to listen to your input and work with you. This is an agent that cares about putting the most money in your pocket. This is an agent that is willing to start out at your price and if you need to drop the price later, you can do that easily, right? After all, everyone else does it!
The truth is that you just chose an agent who "bought" your listing. He "bought" the listing by suggesting you might be able to get a higher sales price than what the market warrants. Most likely, he is quite doubtful that your home will actually sell at that price. The intention from the beginning is to eventually talk you into lowering the price.
Even if you could successfully sell at an above market price, your buyer will need a mortgage. The mortgage lender requires an appraisal. If comparable sales for the last six months and current market conditions do not support your sales price, the house won’t appraise and your buyer won’t be able to purchase.In short, you may end up with an agent who is good at selling you, but not necessarily good at selling your house.
Choosing Your Listing Agent
- Choose an agent that provides a comprehensive market analysis and suggests a list price within a reasonable range that you would pay for the home if you were the buyer.
- Choose an agent that is a REALTOR® and has an extensive real estate marketing background and a proven track record in negotiating sales.
- Choose an agent that has a high profile Internet access and a database of potential buyers.
- Choose an agent that you feel comfortable working with. Selling a home is a team effort, and you and your agent need to communicate well with each other.
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