How to choose and work with real-estate professionals.
Home is where the heart is. If you're like most people, your home is also your single largest investment. That's why selling or buying a house can be so traumatic if you're newly divorced or separated. If you must sell your matrimonial home, take the time to examine your priorities and find the right real-estate agent.
Don't be afraid to interview a few different agents, suggests Barbara, a 43-year-old teacher from Marina del Rey, CA. "The first agent I spoke with was so paternal. I wasn't helpless, but he made me feel like I was." The experience encouraged Barbara to "shop around" for the right real-estate agent. By doing a little homework, she found an agent who was sensitive to her unique legal, financial, and emotional needs. Here's how you can find the agent who's right for you, too.
How to choose a realtor Start your search by preparing a list of questions. Then choose a comfortable location for the interview. It doesn't matter whether it's over the telephone, over a cup of coffee, or over at the realtor's office. Here are some sample questions you might consider when choosing a real estate agent:
Once you've chosen an agent, listen to his or her marketing suggestions. Real-estate professionals are objective, and they know what will help sell your home. Some of these suggestions may include: