Questions to ask your real estate agent before you hire
Hiring a real estate agent to sell your Mount Isa property is a big decision. After all, your home or investment property is probably the most valuable asset that you own. Here are the questions you should ask to make sure you choose the right agent to sell your property.
What’s your track record?
A good Mount Isa real estate agent should have plenty of recent sales in the local market. It’s easy to check that information online. Look for homes that are similar to your property to give you an idea of the agent’s ability. You can also check agent reviews and sales performance online via realestate.com.
How much do you think my property is worth?
This is what everyone wants to know and it’s crucial that your local real estate agent gives you an accurate appraisal. Beware of agents who inflate your price expectations just to get your listing. It’s the price that the property sells for that matters.
Research both the listing prices and the selling prices of comparable properties to your own one online so you have an idea of what your property is worth before you even ask a Mount Isa real estate agent. Make sure you compare ‘apples with apples’. In other words, compare properties with the same or very similar features to yours, and that are a similar age.
If the agent gives you a similar price to the research, you know they are being honest with you.
How will you market my property?
This is a crucial question. Because people regularly move to and from Mount Isa for work, home buyers or investors can come from anywhere. A good real estate agent will use both online marketing and face-to-face selling techniques (e.g. open home and private inspections) to promote your property.
Is there anything I can do to get the highest possible selling price?
This is a great question because you can work proactively with a good local real estate agent to achieve the best possible selling price. It will make it easier for your agent to negotiate the best possible selling price with potential buyers if you can do some simple things both before and after you list your property for sale.
- making sure both the yard and the inside of your home is neat and tidy at all times.
- taking care of any obvious repairs and maintenance issues.
How long do you think my property will take to sell?
Again, it’s important that your agent gives you realistic expectations. Mount Isa is a small town and it can take a little while to sell some homes. However, you will increase your chances of selling your home or investment property faster if you:
- set a realistic listing price
- choose a good Mt Isa real estate agent who will use both face-to-face and online sales and marketing techniques to attract local and non-local potential buyers.
- work with your agent to make your property as marketable as possible both before and after you list it for sale.
What commission/fees do you charge?
This is obviously important to know and a good local agent will be able to more than justify the fees they charge in terms of getting you a higher selling price for your Mount Isa home or investment property.
If you’re thinking about selling, buying, leasing or renting any Mt Isa property, or you need your property professionally managed, then contact our team today for an obligation-free chat!
We’d be happy to provide you with advice and to answer any property questions you have.