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Selling your home can come with a lot of uncertainty. Here are the questions you need to ask your real estate agent.

If you've decided it's time to sell your home, you're likely excited about the idea of unlocking the home equity you've built up over the years. You'll want to do everything in your power to drive the highest possible return. The key to success here is finding a quality, experienced real estate agent to support your home sale.

 Our real estate agents are experts in market trends, negotiation, marketing listings, and home staging. We have all the tools needed to make your home sale a success. For clients looking to determine if an agent is a good fit, we recommend asking the following questions:

  • What Is Your Knowledge Of The Area?
    Knowing the area is very important when it comes to selling a home. Agents should be familiar with all the local amenities because they'll need to market them to attract potential buyers. Your agent should be familiar with recent home sales, local businesses, and facts about the neighborhood.

  • What Other Homes Have You Sold?
    You want an agent who knows what they're doing and who can be ready for any scenario. Asking your agent about other homes they've sold is the best gauge of experience. If they've sold many homes or are currently the listing agent on these Nassau County homes for sale, these are indications that the agent has the right level of experience.

  • How Should I Prepare For My Home Sale?
    While it's important to invest in upgrades, repairs, cleaning, and potentially even staging, it is possible to go overboard. You ultimately want to prioritize actions that will have the biggest impact on your home value. Your agent can work with you to determine what upgrades/repairs to make and what you can leave for the buyers.

  • How Long Are Similar Homes Sitting On The Market?
    Your real estate agent can provide a wealth of information on current market information. They can give you the most up to date view on the state of the market and inform you of the average time to sell. Remember, one home sale doesn't make a trend -- you'll want to understand the average time on the market over the last year.

  • Where Should I Set My Asking Price?
    Setting your asking price is one of the trickiest parts of selling a home. Set your price too low, and you're potentially leaving money on the table. Set it too high, and your home may sit on the market too long. To help you determine the right asking price, your agent will use actual data. They'll provide a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), which looks at recent sales of similar homes within a 1-mile radius.

  • What Marketing Strategies Would You Suggest?
    Real estate agents have quite a toolbox when it comes to marketing listings. High-quality listing photos, home staging, open houses — creating the right strategy ultimately comes down to your home and situation. When choosing an agent, try to assess how they approach new home listings.

Finding the right agent can be a process, but the end result can net you thousands of dollars. Contact us today to speak with us about listing your Long Island home.

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