Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

How to Select the Right Real Estate Agent; the Key to Gaining the Best Possible Result

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

How to Select the Right Real Estate Agent; the Key to Gaining the Best Possible Result

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Byline: Sarah Millar

THERE are a number of decisions you need to make when selling your home - both financial and emotional - but one of the most important considerations when deciding to list your property is who is going to sell it for you.

It doesn't matter if you're selling the family home, your first apartment or an investment property, choosing the right agent is key to getting the best result possible for your property.

While everyone approaches the sale of a home differently, there are some key things you should look for when choosing an agent to list your property with.

REINSW deputy president and Cunninghams Real Estate principal John Cunningham has six top tips on choosing a real estate agent.

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

As with anything in property, research is key.

"Don't just look at who has the most ads in paper or the most listings," Mr Cunningham said. "Listen to recommendations from family and friends."

Find agents in your area and put together a shortlist. Look at things like how many listings they have, previous sales, and how they market both properties and their agency.

2. GO FOR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

A good agent should know as much about the property and locality as the vendor.

"That shows they've invested the time and energy into knowing your property," he said.

"(They should know) what the local schools are, what is the zoning, what are the local bus routes, what's the local coffee like ... that's really important to people."

When you meet with agents find out how long they've worked in the area and test them on their local knowledge.

3. TAKE THEM FOR A TEST DRIVE

Your agent is presenting your home to the public, so it's important to see how they engage with buyers. Go to open for inspections that your short listed agents are running to see how they present properties and how they interact with buyers. …

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