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How to find the best agent to sell your property

Whatever the reason behind your decision, selling your home or rental property is a big undertaking. There are often unforeseen financial and emotional considerations, and in today’s competitive market, it helps to have unbiased, professional advice.

But how do you find the best real estate agent for you?

Shop around – Trying to sell your home by yourself is sheer madness. You need the expertise of a professional. And the numbers don’t lie: homes without representation remain on the market longer and end up selling at a lower price than those with a pro at the helm.

But don’t jump in headfirst. Buyers’ advocate Janne Sutcliffe says vendors should meet with “at least three real estate agents” before selecting one. “Ask each of them the same questions to establish their position on price, fees, what pre-sale improvements are needed, the best way to market the property and the cost of advertising,” she says.

Sutcliffe advises against selecting the agent who provides the highest price estimate: “They might be talking it up to get the listing,” she says. “Instead, pick the agent who calls it as it is.”

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Mistakes home sellers make

Being sucked in by “free help”

There’s been a surge in TV and radio advertisements with online companies claiming to find you the best agent, get you the best price and save you money – and it’s all for free.

Before making a decision to sell: Get to know who your local agents are and see how they operate. It won’t take long to find out who the hard workers are, and which ones get the best results.”

Not knowing the true value of your property

In the eyes of a banker, a vendor should have a well-informed idea of their property’s value.

Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your home value questions.

The general manager of retail banking for St George Bank, Ross Miller, says: “In our experience, a vendor can avoid making a big mistake by knowing the true value of their property. To get an accurate estimate, do your own research but also obtain professional appraisals from local real estate agents as well as an accredited valuation.”

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Emotional clutter can be biggest obstacle to home sale


not the cracked tile in the kitchen or yesteryear’s fixtures in the bathroom. Agents say that the biggest obstacle to a sale is often the seller.

In short, sellers have to get out of the way, literally and figuratively.

That’s no easy task, because people are often still living in a home that’s now on the market. There’s an emotional attachment that needs to be unraveled even when people think they are thoroughly prepared to sell.

Don’t just declutter – depersonalize

Lynne Hart Herrera of Keller Williams Realty said, “The way a buyer looks at a home is very different than the way a visitor looks at your home. Think about a hotel. It looks really simple, clean, and there’s no personal or religious items. Some people like taxidermy, but if a buyer walks into a home they might only see dead animals on the walls and now that’s what they remember.”

Rajeev Tailor of Portica Real Estate said, “Personalisation is a barrier to the buyer. They don’t see the great space and crown molding because they leave the property distracted by, ‘Oh, that’s the house with them in the photo with President Obama or whatever. They leave with the impression of what was in the house versus the impression of the house. You can’t have a successful sale, if someone can’t connect to the property.”

Wight, of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, said, “It can feel sterile to remove all of your family photos, wedding photos and pare down to a simpler life, but I tell people to focus on their goal and keep mementos away.”

He said they have to imagine that they don’t live there anymore, and that extends to the kitchen. Depersonalising can relate to the smells from last night’s meal when a potential buyer is walking through. You don’t want them focusing on what you had for dinner, he said. “That doesn’t mean don’t cook, it just might mean you should use the barbecue outside not the stove” for dishes with a lingering odour.

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