Few financial decisions affect your life as much as selling a home. It’s important to select a qualified agent who will save you time and energy, and get your home sold in a reasonable time frame and for the best possible price and contract terms.
You want an Smith Mountain Lake focused agent who will assertively work on your behalf but won't come on too aggressively. At Smith Mountain Lake it’s especially important to select an agent who is experienced and knowledgeable as there are additional factors to consider when marketing your home; an understanding of the shoreline management plan, regulations regarding docks and vegetation, and flood plains to name a few.
In choosing a realtor, it’s critical to choose one who is an experienced negotiator as they will represent you in successfully navigating through the selling process. While often overlooked, this may be one of the most important skills your Smith Mountain Lake realtor should possess so that you’ll receive top dollar for your home.
One of the best ways to chose an agent is by talking to others that have used them in past. Be certain to ask for references that you can speak with to get feedback on the agent's attention to detail, level of service, and skills. read feedback from some of our past clients.
Your agent should help you determine the value of your property, and suggest a list price that will best attract buyers to your home while providing an appropriate amount of negotiating room. They should offer a comparative market analysis of recent and pending sales of homes similar to yours, and know enough about recent sales at Smith Mountain Lake to explain why you should list your home for more or less than the neighbor down the street. There are many factors that affect your home’s value at the lake that are specific to the area. Don't fall for the agent who promises the quickest sale a high price that is unsupported. Overpricing your home could lead to your property sitting unsold for months and missing out on a potential sale because it isn’t being shown.
Exceptional real estate agents are able to offer advice on how to make your home look its best to buyers. From decluttering and cleaning to furniture arrangement, details can make the difference in getting your home noticed and remembered. An agent who can think like a buyer is a definite good thing. request a free competitive market analysis of your property
In today's real estate market, almost all buyers begin their search for properties on line. According to a joint study from The National Association of Realtors and Google, “nine in 10 home buyers today rely on the internet as one of their primary research sources, and 52 percent turn to the web as their first step…” Additionally, approximately one-fifth of real estate related searches happen on mobile devices.” Never before have buyers been so informed coming into the process, so an agent with a well maintained website that is ranked high in the search engines, provides strong search tools for buyers, as well as one that is mobile friendly, is increasingly one of the best ways to get your home exposure.
Your agent should be able to explain areas of concern regarding offers and advise you on whether to accept an offer or counteroffer with a different price or changes to terms. Once an offer is accepted, there are many steps leading up to the closing. From ensuring that buyers are given the proper disclosures, coordinating inspections, and assuring that all contingencies are met, your agent should work with you, the buyer’s agent, inspectors, real estate attorneys and banks to coordinate a successful and stress free closing. Choosing a Smith Mountain Lake, VA realtor with the integrity to protect your interests and that is willing to go the extra mile while focusing on the details will make certain that you are able to rest easily knowing that your interests are being met.
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TIP: Some of the best exposure to prospective buyers is signage facing the lake. A standard size real estate sign is not effective as it won't be noticed from a distance. Front Door recommends large lake side signage such as that shown above where possible.