And I have absolutely no experience whatsoever when it comes to real estate! Sure, I’ve talked with people who have bought/sold, I’m always looking for stuff online, etc., but me, personally? :blank look:
The house in question has been mine since the early 2000s when my mother signed it over to me. She and I lived here for nearly all my life. When Mr. Kiz and I married he moved in. We figured we’d be here for a couple of years until we’d saved enough to move to our own place. That fell through when my mother became ill. She has since passed. We’re still here because 1) it’s paid for, and 2) Mr. Kiz has had no luck securing FT employment (he was laid off a few months after the wedding), so everything financial rides on me. His name isn’t on the house, btw.
Reasons for selling? 1) Taxes (I can barely afford them); 2) Can’t afford to update anything (I’m figuring it would be sold as-is and I’d take the hit); 3) Downsizing (the house was too big for my mother and me; it’s still too big for us.)
I’m planning to interview a few agents this week, so here are my questions:
Is it better to go with a nationally-recognized brokerage vs. a local agent? I’ve read pros/cons of this all over the place, and it makes me dizzy. The #1 agent in my area works for a national brokerage but has been in this area for years. A lot of people list with her. She gets results, but again…I don’t know, I have the feeling of “little goldfish in a big pond” whenever I see her ads.
Besides rapport, what else do you look for in a potential agent? Knowledge of the area, certainly. Ditto credentials. But what else?
I know the market is still crappy, but I’m also wondering if there’s something else I should consider to make the house sell faster besides lowering the price to reflect the work needed…would it be prudent to sell to a property management company, for instance? The house kitty-corner to me did that last summer. It was torn down, rebuilt, and rented. Would property management fall until commericial vs. residential? I have no idea.
Anyway, any stories, soundbites, what-have-you – I’m interested!