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What should you look for in an agent when it comes time to sell your biggest asset: your home?

Experience: Look for a licensed sales agent with a reputable real estate agency. Relevant sales experience in your area is essential.

Market Presence: Does the agency have an in-house design team, including professional photographer? Do they offer marketing extras such as video, twilight photography, floorplans, area maps and photo sign boards? Check out the real estate listings in your local newspaper or on your favourite real estate website and take note of the advertisements that stand out the most. A good listing should have quality photographs, full property address and price where possible, plus copy that reads well and is free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

Honesty: You want someone who calls a spade a spade, who has an eye for the things potential buyers may or may not like and can give you tips on staging your home for inspections. Look for someone who will offer realistic expectations when it comes to pricing your home. An overpriced home will increase time on market and add unnecessary advertising expenses. A good agent will provide you with a comparative market analysis, offering a snapshot of similar homes on the market in your area.

Communication: You want someone who will keep you in the loop at all times, who will answer your phone calls and respond to your emails promptly.

Word of mouth: You want an agent whose reputation precedes them. Ask friends, family or co-workers who have recently bought or sold for their honest opinion. Google the agent. It is amazing what you can find out about a person from a simple search.

Choosing who to trust with the business of selling your home can be hard, but it needn’t be such a nightmare if you keep these few simple things in mind. If you are thinking of selling and want to find out more about the selling process with Fitzpatricks Real Estate, contact us today on (02) 6921 1555.

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