If you’re like many people selling a home in Catonsville, you know you need the right real estate agent by your side – but how do you know who’s the best REALTOR® for your needs?

The easiest way to find an agent you can work with – and who can sell your home quickly (and at the right price) is to pick up the phone and make some calls. We’ll even volunteer to be your first – we’re always available at 443-955-1227.

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7 Questions to Help You Find the Right REALTOR to Sell Your Home in Catonsville

Here’s what you should ask any prospective REALTOR before you make your final decision:

  1. Do you specialize in this neighborhood?
  2. How will you figure out how much my home is worth?
  3. Will I work with you or your team members?
  4. How much will it cost me to sell my home?
  5. How do you market the homes you sell?
  6. What can I do to get my house ready for sale?
  7. How do you communicate with your clients?

Here’s a closer look at each question – and what types of answers you’re looking for.

#1. Do you specialize in this neighborhood?

This question can really help you find the right REALTOR. While many agents work all over Catonsville and the surrounding communities (including Ellicott City and Owings Mills), having a true local expert – someone who primarily works in Catonsville – can be a huge advantage for you. An agent who works primarily in Catonsville knows what buyers are looking for, and he likely has an inside scoop on what’s happening in the area that could affect property values in the future.

How Will You Figure Out How Much My Home is Worth

#2. How will you figure out how much my home is worth?

One of the most important aspects of selling a home is knowing how much it’s worth – and the bottom line is that no matter what, your home is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. That local expertise comes back into play here, too; a REALTOR who works primarily in Catonsville will know what buyers are willing to pay so you can price your home accordingly.

Your agent should price your home using a comparative market analysis, or CMA. A CMA relies on data from homes like yours that have recently sold, those that are currently on the market, and those that were on the market but never sold. When you find the right REALTOR, you’ll know – because he or she will explain pricing to you.

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#3. Will I work with you or your team members?

It’s fine if you want to work with a real estate team, but you need to know that going into the deal. Ask if you’ll be working with the agent you initially contacted or if the sale of your home will ultimately fall on other team members.

How Much Will it Cost Me to Sell My Home

#4. How much will it cost me to sell my home?

As you probably already know, it costs money to sell a home. You’ll likely have to pay real estate commissions, closing costs and other fees, so it’s a good idea to find out how much that will cut into your profits. Typically, the money it costs to sell your home depends on its value and how much it sells for – so every real estate transaction will be a little different. When you find the right REALTOR, he’ll explain closing costs and other fees you’ll have to pay to sell your house.

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#5. How do you market the homes you sell?

Great real estate agents can start developing a marketing plan the first time they see your home in person. They’ll find its best features and create a strategy to highlight them so your home reaches – and attracts – the largest number of qualified buyers possible. Most home searches start online, so getting your home on his website (and every other agent’s website) should be one of your REALTOR’s primary objectives. Things like professional photography and videography, mailers and even yard signage are all part of a good agent’s marketing plan.

What Can I Do to Get My House Ready for Sale

#6. What can I do to get my house ready for sale?

When you’re trying to find the right REALTOR, you need one who will be able to tell you what you can do to start prepping your home for sale. Some homes need more TLC than others do, but every home has room for improvement. The main goal is to appeal to as many prospective buyers as possible, so your real estate agent will make suggestions about possible improvements that will help you sell your home faster (and for more money).

Related: 7 tips for staging a house for sale (with pictures)

#7. How do you communicate with your clients?

Communication between a seller and a real estate agent is absolutely essential – and you need to know how your agent will keep you in the loop. Are you an avid texter? Do you prefer to touch base on the phone, or would you rather work through emails only? Talk to your agent about how frequently you’ll communicate and about the best ways to reach each other. You need an agent who’s on the same page as you are throughout your transaction.

Are You Selling a Home in Catonsville?

We can market your home to all the right buyers. When you’re ready to put your home on the market, call us at 443-955-1227 to find out how! If it’s easier, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you right away.

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