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How to choose a real estate agent that’s right for you

Choosing a real estate agent to coordinate the sale of your home is an important decision.

Your house is arguably your biggest investment, so it’s critical you do your due diligence and list your home with an agent you can trust and have confidence in their ability.

We’ve put together our top tips for finding a real estate agent that suits you.

Always use an agent who is a REIWA member
When you use the services of a real estate agent who is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia you can have full confidence that your agent will be acting in your best interests.

Benefits of using a registered REIWA agent include:

◦REIWA owns and control the standardised documentation used in all areas of real estate practice.
◦REIWA agents are trained professionals who are required to continually update their education.
◦REIWA agents are required to hold professional indemnity insurance.
◦REIWA agents have exclusive access to industry intelligence and latest market data.
◦ Only REIWA agents can list their property on reiwa.com.

Find out more about the benefits of using a REIWA agent to sell your home.

Do your research
When it comes to selling your home, taking the time to do your research pays off.

Put yourself in the strongest possible position by finding a real estate agent that understands the market and the latest market statistics.

Our Find an Agent tool lets you look for agents in your area, you can search by location, business name or agent name.

We also have a list of our award winning REIWA agents, so you can see who is at the top of their game in your area.

Ask the right questions
When speaking to real estate agents that you may potentially list with, it’s important to ask questions about how they plan to approach the task of selling your home.

As well as enquiring about the obvious things like their fees and any additional costs, you should ask:

◦How will they approach the marketing and promotion of your home?
◦What is their knowledge like about the area you’re selling in?
◦What is their sales history in your area?
◦What is their understanding of the price bracket you are selling in?
◦What type of sale would they suggest for your home?

Asking these types of questions will help you understand more about the agent and whether or not they are the right fit for you.

Author: Samantha Jones
Communications at REIWA

 

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