Selecting Your Listing Agent

If you’re like most homeowners, your home is your most valuable asset.

Thus, selecting a good listing agent is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

Selecting the best listing agent can mean extra dollars in your pocket at closing and fewer hassles.

Here are a few questions to ask when you’re considering potential listing agents:

  • How many years have you been in real estate?
  • How many transactions have you closed?
  • Does your company have an international referral network, or is it just a local company?
  • How many transactions per year do you close?
  • Will you provide references and testimonials from past clients?

Look for an experienced, full-time professional.

You don’t want a part-time agent who can’t answer their phone because they’re “at work” (on their real job).

Remember . . .

Your listing agent’s enthusiasm and positive outlook will not increase the value of your home.

Look for an agent who will tell you the truth; not what you want to hear.

Never select your listing agent because they recommend the highest asking price (your listing agent is not going to buy your home!)

Thinking of selling?

I would love to have the opportunity to answer the questions above!

Give me a call at (208)938-5533 or e-mail me and let’s talk!

 

10 Things Your Listing Agent Will Never Say

Here’s my Top 10 List of things your listing agent will never say:

  1. “It’s okay to leave Brutus, your pit bull, in the house during showings”
  2. “Let’s price your home high because we can always come down, but we can’t go up”
  3. “There’s no need for professional photography because most buyers don’t care about good photos”
  4. “If the buyer really wants your home, they can clean it up after closing”
  5. “Yes, let’s price your home based upon what your neighbor thinks it’s worth”
  6. “Be sure you hang around for showings so you can explain how wonderful your home is!”
  7. “Don’t worry about turning on the lights and opening the blinds for showings”
  8. “Those cigarette odors won’t bother buyers and they’re a good selling point for buyers who smoke”
  9. “No worries about Fluffy and her hairballs: most buyers like cat hair”
  10. “Be sure to check Zillow to see what your home is worth!”

 

Boise Home Sellers: Your $300,000 Dog

I had an experience last weekend that reminded me why Boise home sellers should remove their dogs during showings.

I showed a qualified, pre-approved buyer a home that they had asked to see.

When I set the showing appointment, the seller informed me that their “friendly” dog would be in the house, would bark, but would be okay.

I arrived early to turn on lights and prepare for the showing and found Fido in the kitchen/family room behind a child gate that had been wedged into the hallway door with a rag to make it fit.

When I tried to remove the child’s gate, it became apparent that it would be difficult to reinstall, so I left it in place.

That meant that my clients and I had to climb over the child gate to enter the kitchen and family room.

And, my clients also had to hoist their two boys over the gate to enter and leave that area of the house.

Because I’ve been bitten twice by “friendly” dogs, and out of concern for the safety of my buyers, I began the showing by telling my buyers and their boys not to pet Fido.

Despite Fido’s attempts to escape into the back yard and the garage, we were able to contain him, albeit with a lot of distraction and concerns.

My advice?

If you’re a seller, remove your dog during showings if you want to sell your home.

In addition to creating an uncomfortable environment during showings, you’re also risking considerable legal liability if your dog decides to nip at cute little Courtney, the buyer’s 3-year old daughter, during a showing.

Leaving your dog loose in your home during showings is enough to cost you a sale.

If you insist on leaving your dog loose during showings of your $300,000 home, you should realize that you have a $300,000 dog.

 

How To Choose The Wrong Listing Agent

Here’s my list of the top 10 reasons home sellers choose the wrong listing agent.

10) She’s your niece, new in real estate, and you want to help her.

9)   She promises you the highest asking price for your home.

8)   She says she has a buyer for your home.

7)   She says her company is #1.

6)  She promises to hold open houses.

5)   She promises to advertise your home in a real estate magazine.

4)   She’s excited and “thinks positive”.

3)   She has a team of 15 agents.

2)   She won the office listing contest last month.

And, the winner is . . .

1)   She has “Million Dollar Producer” license frames on her car!  😯 

 

Boise Homes For Sale: Secure Your Lockbox

Sent To All Ada County Realtors Last Week

If you’re  a seller who’s setting your lockbox out vs. securing it to your home, you are at risk!

There are roughly 2,300 Boise homes for sale now and many sellers opt to set their lockbox out for showings vs. securing it to their home.

Our Intermountain MLS Supra lockboxes are amazingly strong, but they can be defeated by those with criminal intent, especially when they can take the lockbox with them.

If you’re a seller who thinks you’re limiting access to your home by setting out your lockbox for showings, you’re actually creating additional risk by not securing the lockbox to your home.

Setting your lockbox out for showings make it easy for those with criminal intent because they can simply take your lockbox with them, crush it at their leisure, and gain access to your keys.

Here’s the notice from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office:

 

Dear Idaho REALTORS®;
Detectives with the Property Crime Division of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office have recently encountered a security issue with houses for sale we’d like to bring to your attention.
We are finding people are stealing key lock boxes that aren’t properly secured to unoccupied homes. That makes it much easier for those thieves to break into the boxes and get the keys out. They then enter the homes.
A good way for REALTORS® to help fight back and prevent similar crimes in the future is to make sure they secure the lock boxes to the residence by the use of a cable lock or direct attachment to the home. This isn’t a cure-all but we suspect it will make it much harder for criminals to break in to the homes of your clients.
Thank you for taking this into consideration. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

Detective J. Lloyd #4464

Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive
Boise, Idaho 83704
208-573-6940