Just. Real. Honest.
True or False
- When I hire a Realtor to sell my condo, I want someone who will lie to me and tell me that the cat mural I painted on the bathroom wall looks good and will increase the market value of my property. Fluffy is fancy and people will appreciate my eye for detail — any good Realtor should get that.
- When looking for my dream home, I want a Realtor who will consistently show me houses above my stated price range just to tease me and make me feel cheap!
- I want a Realtor who will list my house at a price well-above market value so that we can scare off potential buyers for months and then “reel ’em in” with a half price clearance sale!
- My Realtor should always carry a designer hand bag, giggle insincerely at all of my jokes, and wear appropriate amounts of lip gloss and eye shadow.
If you answered “TRUE” to any of the points above, I may not be the one for you.
On the other hand, if you want a Realtor who will give you sincere and candid advice based on sound market research and experience, you may want to continue reading.
Hiring a real estate agent to represent you in purchasing or selling your private residence is a very personal decision. You want to make sure that your real estate agent not only understands the market, but also shares your goals, understands your needs and wants, and is someone you can trust. It also helps if you can stand to be with your agent for many hours of house hunting, and if your agent does not waste those hours showing you homes that fail to meet your stated criteria.
If you are selling your home, you want someone who will learn everything there is to know about your home and the current market, understand your home’s selling points, and advise you honestly about turning its weaknesses into strengths.