In our three-part property management blog series, we’re talking about selling a home in Kissimmee. In this piece, we’ll discuss finding a qualified and experienced real estate agent.
If owning a home in Florida just isn’t practical anymore, you’ll need to sell it. Whether you live in the state, out of the state, or overseas, you need to find a Realtor you can trust. A home is one of your most expensive assets, and you don’t want to leave it to just anyone.
Look for Referrals
Talk to your family and friends. Find out if they have a Kissimmee real estate agent who would be a good choice to sell your home. Also, think back to when you bought the home. Was the Realtor really awesome? You can always look them up. Look online as well to see who does good work in your area. Do a little checking before you hire someone. You can visit myfloridalicense.com and search to see if the real estate agent has any violations against his or her license. Ask for references as well. Talking to people they have worked with before can tell you a lot.
Comparative Market Analysis
Most real estate agents will provide a CMA, that’s a comparative market analysis. This will show you what homes are actively for sale, which homes have sales pending, and what properties have recently sold. You and your Realtor can determine what your home should be listed for and what the fair market value is.
Out of Town Investors
If you’re out of state or overseas, ask if the Realtor has experience working with non-local sellers. Do they know about the filing requirements? You’ll have to file a US tax return if you live overseas, and Uncle Sam will take 15 percent of the sales price until it’s proven your tax returns are current. Asking all of these questions will help you get a good feel for a Realtor.
Preparing and Pricing Your Property
Next, you’ll have the Realtor look at your home through the eyes of a buyer. You can discuss what inexpensive things can be done to make your home more appealing. It may be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. You want to create as much curb appeal as possible. Look at the prices of your competition. If they are overpriced, you want to pitch your home for sale at a good price.
Be careful and beware of any Realtor who promises they can get far more money than what the market states your home should sell for. If you list your home with that Realtor, you’ll probably have to reduce the price, and it will sell for less than it would have if you priced it right from the start.
If you need any help with Kissimmee real estate, please contact us at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes.