The Charleston region’s population is growing three times faster than the U.S. average. With 34 new people moving to the region each day, there simply aren’t enough available housing options to accommodate them. Whether you’ve already committed to relocating or you’ve been on the fence for some time, now is a great time to put your home on the market. Before you do, make sure you partner with a quality listing agent.
"Selling a home is a process, and it’s important to find someone knowledgeable and experienced to guide you through it,” says Randall Sandin, realtor with the Charleston Pier Partners team of Carolina One Real Estate.
Start by seeking recommendations from trusted friends, family members or even neighbors who have recently gone through the processing of selling their own home. Once you’ve narrowed down the search, here are the top three things to look for in a listing agent.
1. Experience Is Key
Once a property is listed and an offer is made, that’s just the start. An experienced listing agent will help guide you through the negotiation, inspections, paperwork and other often-daunting parts of the process. Look for someone who has gone through market highs and lows because they’ll know best how to handle a variety of situations that may arise. A newer agent may offer a lower commission rate to earn your business, but the value received from working with a seasoned listing agent is worth the investment.
2. Knowledge of Innovative Marketing Techniques
We live in an internet-driven world. Technology evolves by the day and with it so do buying behaviors, especially when it comes to younger buyers that may be purchasing for the first time. Ask how a potential listing agent plans to market your home to get it in front of the right audience. If their answer doesn’t involve a mobile-responsive agency website, professional photography, interactive tours or utilizing social media, you should meet with other candidates.
3. Great Customer Service
A true real estate professional will advocate for your needs and go the extra mile to ensure your goals are met rather than focusing on how they can benefit from the transaction. Choose a listing agent that listens to your needs and goals regarding your ideal timeframe, pricing and expectations, and most importantly understands them. You should also have a clear understanding of what his or her expectations are of you as the seller.
If you are thinking of selling your home, consider listing with Charleston Pier Partners. With more than 25 years of combined experience, Charleston Pier Partners has been the number one ranked team for Carolina One’s James Island office for four years in a row and has earned Carolina One’s highest rank – Diamond Circle of Excellence – for five consecutive years.
To learn more about their listing services or schedule an appointment to discuss your situation in confidence, call (843) 209-9667 or visit CharlestonPierPartners.com.