The unprecedented demand for real estate in Mission and the Fraser Valley continues to overwhelm the housing market. Inventory has diminished so drastically that there are more Realtors than homes available. In this incredibly competitive real estate market, it’s important to work with a Realtor who can help you realize your real estate goals. When looking for someone to represent you, I suggest you consider the following questions before committing to a Realtor:
#1 How many houses do they sell per year?
Choose a Realtor that’s active in the area that you’re selling. You want a local expert that is familiar with market trends, pricing, and the extensive and complex documents.
#2 What is their average sale price?
Choose a Realtor that sells homes like yours! Try to choose a Realtor that outperforms their competition with their average sale price.
#3 What is their list price to sale price ratio?
Find out how they compare to their competitors in the area. Make sure that the prices they’re quoting you are accurate. Do not be dazzled by an unrealistic price.
#4 What are their average days on the market?
How long a home is listed for sale can directly affect the price of the home. Realtors whose properties have longer days on the market can indicate that their listings are overpriced.
#5 How long have they been in the business?
As real estate in Mission continues to be heavily sought after, it’s important that your Realtor is in touch with the market trends and has strong community connections. An experienced Realtor can use their connections to find the best listing for you, negotiate the best price, and refer you to reputable services, such as mortgage brokers, painters, and home inspectors.
#6 Where will your home be advertised?
If you want to sell for top dollar, it requires a plan! Make sure that the Realtor is leveraging video, social media, online platforms, and print to promote your property.
#7 What percentage of the Realtor’s sales are representing the buyer vs the seller?
You want to make sure that you hire someone that is a listing specialist and is well versed in marketing and negotiating homes for sale.
#8 Do they have time for your listing?
Is the Realtor run off their feet with no staff? Or perhaps they’re a part-time Realtor with a ton of personal commitments. Either way, it’s important to know up front how accessible they’re going to be and what the level of service will be like.
#9 Do you get along?
After reviewing their stats and interviewing a few Realtors, the best thing to do is go with your gut. You will be spending a good amount of time with your Realtor, so you want to make sure you are working with someone you communicate well with and trust. Buying and selling real estate can be a stressful process, and it will go much smoother if you hire someone you believe has your best interest at heart.
If you’re interested in interviewing me, I would be pleased to provide you with more information about my services. With decades of experience, I know how to help my clients reach and exceed their real estate goals. Call me anytime to discuss your real estate needs – 604 302 0177. Let’s talk!