Hiring a real estate agent to help you sell your home can help you make smart decisions and avoid costly mistakes. But does it have to cost you 6% or 7% of the equity in your home? What if you can get the same services tradition real estate brokers offer but instead of paying a percentage based commission you just pay a low flat fee?
With the rise in home prices in Redding and Shasta County it has become more popular to offer real estate services at a fixed flat fee instead of percentage based commissions. But not all agents are the same. Some will discount their fees and offer less service. At Parsons Realty we offer the same great service as traditional real estate brokers.
What you should consider when hiring a Flat Fee Realtor
Is the Real Estate Agent local?
Choosing an agent that is located in Redding or Shasta County is critical to making sure you get top dollar for your home. Real estate is hyper-local and It is important to have knowledge of market trends and customs. It is also very helpful to have relationships with the agents and service providers in the area. Make sure you choose an agent that lives in the Redding area.
What is the agents marketing plan?
Getting exposure for you home is critical to getting you home sold fast and for top dollar. When you interview an agent ask them what their marketing plan is. Are they just going to put your home on the Multiple Listing Service and stop there? Do they have a plan to get it listed on all the major real estate websites?
Will you get professional quality photos of your home?
You would be surprised to see how many agents take short cuts when it comes to photos of your home. This is probably the most important step in getting your home sold. Home buyers will be making the decision to view your home based on how it is represented in the photos. Do research on the agents listings, check out the photo tours. Do they hire a professional or do they shoot the pictures with their phone?
What do past clients say?
One of the best ways to learn about a real estate broker is to read the reviews on Google and other real estate sites like Zillow and Realtor.com. It is important to read the entire reviews and not just the star rating. This will give you an incite into the customers experience in working with the agent.
When its time to choose an agent to work with its important to remember to interview more than one. Do your research and remember you don’t have to the tradition percentage based fee’s to get great service.
If you would like to see how Parsons Realty can save you thousands in real estate commissions give us a call at 530-222-1818.