When selling a home, everything may not always go as you originally planned. For instance, if you are moving due to a career opportunity, you may have to relocate before you have time to sell your home. In this type of scenario, having a solid partnership with a real estate agent you can rely on is especially important. Learn more about what you can do to make the process easier.
By far, one of the most important things you can do to aid in the process is to have confidence in your agent. Although many issues can be handled over the phone or via email or text, depending on how far away you are, there may be time zone differences that prevent you from providing the agent with an immediate response. The more confidence you have in your agent, the more authority they have to act on your behalf when time is limited and a response is necessary immediately.
Stay on Top of Communication
Although you want to give your agent the ability to act on your behalf, when your agent does reach out to you for information, it is important for you to respond. For example, when it comes to offers, legally, the real estate agent is generally required to provide the offer to their client and obtain their response. When a client does not respond to the agent, it is easy for a potentially good offer to be missed.
Consider Investing in Staging
Since you are no longer living in the home, the lack of furniture can sometimes make it hard for buyers to get a home-feel when touring your property. For this reason, your agent may recommend that you have the home staged. While staging is an investment, it is helpful to at least hear your agent out on the idea, as the small investment in staging is often a great way to sell your home faster as it can make your home appear more visually appealing.
Be Prepared to Travel
Many things can be handled online. However, given the magnitude of the home selling and buying processes, some attorneys may require that all parties be present in person. Although there are plenty of instances when the seller does not have to be present, it is still a good idea to keep the possibility in the back of your mind so that you are not caught off guard if you have to return.
All real estate agents are trained to help you sell your home, no matter where you are. However, you can use these tips to help make the process smoother.