Tips on how to find the best listing agent to help you sell your home.

So, you’ve decided you’ve outgrown your home.  The family is growing and what once was the perfect size doesn’t fit any longer.  Where do you go from here?   What’s the next step?

First things first!  Interview no less than 3 agents that specialize in your market area.  They are the experts and are an invaluable resource that comes without a charge.  Each agent should provide a market analysis.  After all is said and done, the prices they come up with should be all in the same ballpark.  BEWARE of pricing that is way out of line.  A higher asking price is NOT a reason to choose one agent over another.

A great agent has recommendations from a number of different people who have already bought and sold in your market area.  Ask to see a copy of those recommendations, or go on the agent’s web site to read their testimonials.  See what other buyers and sellers are saying about the agents that you are interviewing.

The agents should also bring their marketing plans to the table.  This is something you shouldn’t have to ask for.  A marketing plan is something that each agent should present to you in writing.   Review each of those plans and don’t be afraid to offer suggestions to your agent.  You are, together with the agent, working as a team to get your home sold.  The agents should explain to you why their company stands out from all the rest.  Finally, there is that “X” factor…………..personality.  Personality plays a huge role in the success of any agent.  Look for someone who is upbeat, friendly and has a positive attitude.  In this business, attitude is everything.  The agent that you choose should be able to make friends easily, and able to put even the most skeptical person at ease.

Buying a new home can be fun, or it can be torture.  The choice is pretty much up to you.  If you approach the process with a bit of knowledge of what may occur along the way, it will be easier on you and your family.

Fran Maglio Wallace

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fwallace@firstweber.com

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Welcome to my blog!  My name is Fran Maglio Wallace, I am a real estate professional with the First Weber Group.  I live and work on the North Shore and have been selling real estate for the past 28 years.   During those years I have sold millions of dollars of real estate and have accumulated a great deal of experience and many stories to tell.  My goal is to provide you with insight into the real estate market that we are currently experiencing.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to email me at fwallace@firstweber.com with any questions.

This is my more than “full time” job.  In order to be successful, especially in a down market, I have had to work increasingly long days spending many more hours to get my listings sold.  I have seen all kinds of markets come and go during my career, however, none has been more challenging than the market we have been experiencing for the past 3 years!  Please check back to my blog I am giving away free tidbits of information that will be useful!

If You’re Selling Your Home, Get Ready for a Beauty Contest

Beauty Contest Winner - Small Kitchen

For better or for worse, like it or not, today’s home sellers are participating in a “Beauty Contest”.  There is a ton of inventory available and a very small pool of buyers.   Your merchandise must stand out from the rest.

For the most part, buyers want to walk in to a home and fall in love with it.   They want updated kitchens and bathrooms, the current color palette on the walls, and mechanicals in acceptable condition.  New windows and roof??  That is definitely a plus!

If you are considering updating your home, do it!  It will help you when it is time for you to sell.  Today’s Buyers want to close on their new home, place their furniture in the house and go out to dinner that evening.  The more “move in” ready you can make your home, the more likely you will be to win the “Beauty Contest”!   Don’t forget, there are many homes from which to choose, and only a handful of buyers out there that are ready, willing and able to buy.
Don’t be left out in the cold!  Make the improvements that will get your home in the running to be a finalist.  Tip the scales in your favor.  Do everything in your power to make your property stand out from the rest.  Your real estate professional should guide you.  Take that advice and run with it.