Expert advice: tips for choosing a real estate agent
Selling your house – the home in which you’ve created a family and lived a full life – can seem like a daunting proposition, but it needn’t be so.
Clarissa Brandt from Queensland-based senior move management experts Care to Move says working with the right real estate agent can be the difference between a stressful or smooth transition to your next chapter.
“Finding and choosing a real estate agent that you like and trust is a big decision that warrants time and effort,” Clarissa said.
The first step is to research agents in your area.
“Having an agent with local knowledge and experience is key,” Clarissa said.
“Not only will they have a good understanding of the value of your property, which is important when you are looking at other places to purchase, but they may well have a list of buyers who are looking to buy in to your area.”
Care to Move recommends making a short list of agents and then popping into a property they are selling to see how they present an open house and deal with potential buyers.
“This is a great way to see if you like the way they operate,” Clarissa said.
“It’s important that you feel comfortable with an agent, as you will need to have some very open and honest conversations during the sales process.”
Once you’ve narrowed the potential list to three agents, ask them to your home to outline their local knowledge and recent sales records.
“Ask for the hard facts, sale prices, time on market and so on,” Clarissa said.
“They should also be able to give you an idea of the sorts of buyers looking for homes in the area.”
Asking for the names and contact numbers of other recent clients is also a good way to discover more.
“Hearing from the horse’s mouth is invaluable,” Clarissa said.
“Don’t be shy – ring them up and ask about their experience working with the agent.”
Clarissa says a good starting point to finding an agent is your local area is searching on https://www.realestate.com.au/find-agent, or alternatively, contacting Care to Move.
“We have connections with real estate agents across South-East Queensland who understand the needs of clients who are making a sale to transition to retirement or assisted living,” Clarissa said.
Care to Move manages aged care and retirement relocations, deceased estates, separation or divorce and disability transitions. Do you need help to plan, perform and position your move? Want to make your new home feel like home, but don’t know where to start?
Contact Care to Move:
Phone: 07 3810 1689
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