Choosing the Right Listing Agent: The Top Three Skills to Look For

October 24, 2023
Adam Crosson knows real estate. Growing up in Anderson, SC he watched his father work as a real...
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                           Three qualities an agent should have before you hire them to sell.

When searching for a listing agent, it's essential to identify three key skills. Listing your home can be both exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. Thus, finding an agent who instills confidence, comprehends market trends, and possesses certain intangible qualities is crucial. In this guide, we'll share the top three attributes to consider when selecting a listing agent:

  1. Accurate pricing expertise. The first and foremost quality to seek in your agent is their ability to price your home based on the most accurate and up-to-date data. Although it can be tempting to go with an agent who suggests the highest listing price, this isn't always the best approach. In many cases, an overly ambitious listing price can result in wasted time and money. Therefore, a reliable agent should provide you with a comprehensive market analysis, ensuring your home enters the market at a competitive and appealing price.
"Your agent should be capable of handling all sorts of negotiations."
  1. Exceptional negotiation skills. Selling your home often comes with emotional attachments. Many homeowners have deep sentimental ties to their properties, which is entirely natural. It's vital to have an agent who can maintain a level-headed perspective and navigate through the transaction without being swayed by emotions. Exceptional negotiation skills are paramount. Your agent should be capable of handling negotiations, whether they pertain to price, terms, or repair requests, with a cool and professional demeanor. They can advocate for your interests effectively and secure the best deal possible.
  1. Skilled problem solver. Real estate transactions can be unpredictable, and unforeseen challenges may arise. Therefore, you need an agent who possesses the ability to resolve issues with skill and finesse. With years of experience and a broad portfolio of transactions, they should anticipate potential roadblocks and employ creative solutions when necessary. Ultimately, a listing agent's primary objective is to get your home sold, ideally at the best possible price.

By considering these three key attributes, you'll be better equipped to choose an agent who can successfully guide you through the selling process. Please call or email us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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