So many sellers and buyers lack confidence about interviewing and hiring real estate professionals. The best way to start the process is to make your “what, when, and where” list and stick to it.
There are plenty of great agents out there and one, or more, agent will be able to get the job done for you. Remember that you are the employer and you must hire the best employee for a specific transaction. This can be tough because it often means not hiring a good friend if the job at hand is just beyond their scope of expertise or outside their geographical area or when the complexity of the transaction requires different a skill set.
Separate the relationship and emotion whenever you are dealing with real estate transactions.
Hire the person best suited to get the specific job done. You will sleep easy, knowing you put yourself in the best negotiating position…this is business.
How do you get the most out of your employee? Be direct. Stick to your, “what, when, and where” list. Be realistic. If you hired best person, you should expect and feel confident that you are getting the best deal.
Remember that market value is determined by supply and demand. A great agent will exploit the benefits of your property but Hearst Castle would not sell for a $1 of there isn't a buyer willing to pay the utility and maintenance bills. Your agent is there to educate you throughout this process giving you the tools and information you need to make the best decisions.
If you are selling, focus on the future and where you want and need this sale to get you. If you are buyer, focus on the future and make sure your purchase meets your needs for the foreseeable future. And always hire the best.