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If you’re thinking of buying, selling or renting you may already have an agent or be familiar enough with those in Broome to choose one. However, that may not always be the case – too much time may have passed since you last interacted with the agent, the market may be too different now, or you may just feel like you need a fresh approach. Either way, here are a few tips to help you navigate just how to find the perfect partner to help in your real estate journey and get the results you want.
1. Put your trust in the people you know
Word of mouth should always be your first port of call, as it may save you a lot of time and effort. Talk to your friends, family, neighbours– whoever you know that may be able to point you in the right direction towards an agent to suit your needs. It might be as simple as 2 or 3 people recommending the same agency, then you walking into their office and having a good experience. Sometimes it doesn’t take much, but personal stories from an agent’s clients of success, satisfaction and results, are extremely valuable.
2. Follow your instinct
Stroll around a little, drop in and say hi and make some general enquiries. How you are greeted and treated in their office will go a long way to helping you cut down that list to a select few. Once you have a shortlist of agencies, you can then start researching agents, making some calls and setting up plans. Do not underestimate the value of first impressions – your instincts almost always tell you how you feel about people day-to-day; this is no different. You should feel like their approach to your property needs will be aligned with your expectations, that they will be trustworthy and will take care of you in the process, rather than just pursuing their commission.
3. Find out about staff support and experience
When you meet with different agents, ask them a little about their history. Not only the experience of the Agency but the people who will be selling or renting your property particularly - the skill set they have to offer. Then discuss their staff support system strategy and their workflow. If you're looking for a property manager are they expected to do everything for your property or is there a leasing consultant, back up support staff and an accounts person. If you're selling your property and your consultant goes on annual or sick leave - who covers your enquiries and inspections then?
4. Check out reviews
You can always look at their reviews - most agencies will list testimonials on their website as well as Google Reviews and realestate.com.au reviews
If there isn’t enough information for you on the website, make some notes and ask them some specifics when you meet them in person. Remember to make sure their experience is in line with your needs.
Most will be happy to talk about their experience – especially if the results were great. Knowing the kinds of success, they have had selling properties locally in the last 12 months or so, will help you gain a more solid understanding of just how good they are. Not only should you get a sense that they can actually close the deal, but ideally also exceed their clients’ expectations at the same time.
5. Find out just how much bang you’ll get for your buck!
The crucial information you’ll need to find out is what marketing strategy they propose, how much that will cost, and what they are going to charge you in fees. Their initial appraisal will be a good indicator to you of how aligned you both are on your property’s market value. Discussing their appraisal will also give you insights – what price you should set and why, what marketing would be involved and will it be included in the costs, what time frame do they think the property will be on the sales or rental market for. It’s also useful to find out what kind of technology their company is using – some have adopted incredible tools that really streamline things and boost your property’s potential for a great result. Knowing all this helps you understand how the agents’ fee structure works and puts it into perspective.
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