Home moving can be a very stressful ordeal. In fact, it is considered by many to be one of the most stressful things one can do in his or her life. It ranks right up there with divorce, illness, and losing your job. And on top of that, if you own a home and are trying to sell it at the same time as you are moving, your stress level can double.
With this fact in mind it is important to know that there are steps to relieving that stress significantly. You should begin planning and organizing at least 8 weeks in advance, you should consider hiring a company that provides moving services, you should ask your friends and family for help, and you should be sure to ask your Realtor these five questions.
How Will My Nashville Home Be Marketed?
Usually the first thing a Realtor does after you sign with him or her, is post your house on the multiple listing service (MLS) – and they usually do this within a few hours of signing with you. The MLS is a system of databases which lists homes for sale. It will give your house tons of exposure to many different possible buyers and markets.
The Internet is by far and away the best marketing service a Realtor can provide for you. Marketing strategies like Google and Craigslist is where the majority of the people looking for home will start their search. Check out what Internet options your Realtor has to offer as these are very important.
What Are the Limitations of My Home?
All homes (well at least 95% of them) have some sorts of drawbacks. Be sure to ask your Realtor exactly what they are. His or her answers and feedback will help you mitigate many of these problems. They will also help you be more realistic with your goals in selling the house. A seasoned Realtor will be able to identify what may be a possible issue with your house right away, so if your Realtor says there is nothing wrong with your house, then you might have a reason to be worried.
How Much Experience Does The Realtor Have in Nashville?
Not only that, but what exactly are those experiences. The number of years that the Realtor has been at their job is not always a clear indicator of how much experience they have. You need to know exactly what types of properties this Realtor has sold and how much he or she has sold them for. His or her list-price-to-selling-price ratio is a good indicator of a Realtor’s experience. You do want to make sure you ask “why” when you ask about this ratio to get a better and more informative answer.
How will You Keep In Touch?
Communication during the whole process between you and your Realtor is very important. You will want to know what type of updates the Realtor will be giving you when they occur, and you will want to know in what ways he or she will relay the information to you. Also you will want to know the frequency of these updates. Accessibility to your Realtor is very important.
How do Your Fees Work?
A Realtor’s typical commission is right around 6% of the final sale price, and most Nashville Realtors do work on commission. This may or may not be a hefty sum depending on what your house ends up selling for. The good news is that this number is usually negotiable as the rise of the Internet has given home owners the ability to aid in selling their homes. This is obviously one of the key points for conversation with your Realtor.
Realtors are here to make the home buying and selling experience much easier. Asking these five questions will take you 5 steps closer to understanding the process better, and with understanding comes relief.