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How to Choose The Top Realtor in Delaware County PA

In today's housing market, you can't afford to list your home with just any real estate agent (Click Here for Qualities of a Good Realtor). You need one that is willing to go the extra mile to get your house sold. Furthermore, you don't want your home to be sold at rock bottom prices, you want to get the most out of it that you possibly can. In most U.S. markets, housing prices are as low as they've been since around 2002. Yet, some people are still getting their houses sold at a decent price. What is their secret? A good realtor.

In a market like this, the right real estate agent will make all the difference. A good realtor could be the difference between selling your home at cost or even a slight profit vs taking a big loss. With thousands of dollars on the line, you can't afford to settle for a substandard agent that is not totally committed to getting your house sold at the best possible price.

Here are four things to look for when deciding which realtor to list your home with:

Work with a Real Estate Agent Who Knows Your Local Market: This seems like it would be common sense, but many people make the mistake of listing their home with someone who is located on the other side of town and is not familiar with their local area. Don't make this mistake. It's critical to work with a real estate agent that has knowledge of the local neighborhoods. Otherwise, your home may not be priced appropriately and your agent may not have a good sense of the competition, which will hinder them from doing the things necessary for your home to stand out in the market.

Work with a Full-Time Real Estate Agent: This should also be common sense, but it's amazing how many people, usually because of friendships, end up listing their house with someone who does real estate 'on the side'. Sure, they may be a licensed agent, but if real estate is not their full time job, how committed do you think they'll be to getting your house sold?

Work with a Real Estate Agent with whom you are Comfortable: When choosing a good realtor, it is important you work with someone you like. Someone who puts you at ease and has your best interests at heart. Avoid slick 'salesy' types that always want to tell you what they think is best for you. A good realtor is one who listens to what you want, then puts 150% effort into making it happen.

Work with a Full-Service Real Estate Agent: A good realtor is a full-service real estate agent that has a 'team' of associates working with them. This usually means a couple other agents, a professional stager, and even some financial professionals like a mortgage loan officer. When a full-service realtor lists your home, you have the advantage of a team of professionals on your side executing a coordinated strategy to accomplish your goal of selling your home at a good price. This means aggressively employing every marketing tactic possible-offline and online, proper staging, and full time dedication to getting the job done.
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