• Steve Baron

Choosing a Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home.

Updated: Jan 9

Houses for sale in Wanganui

Real estate agent commissions are a major factor in choosing a real estate agent to sell your home in Wanganui. Commissions for real estate agents come in two flavors: a percentage of the sale price of the property, or a fixed fee sale.

Depending on the type of property you're looking to sell and what its current market value is, you might find that a fixed commission with a company like Arizto Real Estate Wanganui could save you a lot of money. But then again even real estate agents like Property Brokers Wanganui and Bayleys Real Estate Wanganui have been known to discount their fees to secure a listing. Either way, your goal is to get the most bang for your buck from your Wanganui real estate agent and some agents sometimes offer extra incentives like a special advertising packages to promote your property that might make it worth paying a larger commission compared to a fixed fee agency. It's also a good idea to check out sources like rate my agent and see what sort of feedback sellers are giving the Wanganui real estate agents who are selling their homes. Rate my agent is an excellent tool for this.

Some agents take very good care of their clients, helping them secure the sale of their property through great negotiating skills and looking after any issues that may come up along the way, which is to be expected. Other agents may not be as caring and knowledgeable about the market, and may just look at the property as a side business. A full time agent is more likely to be committed to selling your home.

An important part of the sales process is making sure you get your property valued by several different agents. This is a great way to ensure you get what your property is actually worth. But if you have a unique property then an experienced agent who knows the auction and tender process may be better to work with. Make sure you ask about how long the agent has been in business, how they generate their income and whether or not you can use them to help you sell your home. There are a few real estate Wanganui agency businesses that do not deal in residential property listings, but specialise in commercial property or lifestyle properties for sale or farms for sale so choose wisely. One thing for sure is that simply trusting a recommendation from a friend is not always the best decision.

You should also play your cards close to your chest and never tell a real estate agent what price you are expecting to get for your home when you have asked them to give you a valuation. Not all real estate agents are honest and there are always a few unscrupulous agents who will take advantage of what you tell them. Neither do you want to influence the valuation an agent might give you as some will simply accept the price you want so they can secure the listing and then beat you down to a more realistic selling price later. And after all, you probably don’t want your property sitting on the market month in and month out at some unrealistic price.

It’s also never a good idea to tell an agent why you are selling even if you are desperate for a sale. Just tell them it’s time for a change of scenery. There is the odd real estate agent that will use it against you and perhaps even unwittingly infer this to a buyer and you will find yourself being low-balled with every offer you get. Word spreads fast!

Just remember that when you are looking for a real estate agent to sell your home, we all have a tendency to want to deal with people we like and feel comfortable with. It’s only natural, but that doesn’t mean that even the nicest real estate agent in the world has what it takes to sell your home and get the best possible price in the shortest length of time. It’s best to find someone that is confident and has enthusiastic along with some experience in the business. They also need to be tech-savvy because real estate has changed a lot over the years and just about every buyer these days searches online for their real estate listings in Wanganui! So the agent needs to understand online real estate marketing.

It’s always worth getting to know the salesperson and the business model of the agency is also important. If the salesperson tries to talk you into something that the agency does not really have any experience in, like auctions, then you could lose you a lot of money in the long run.

Most agents get paid on a commission basis, so keep that in mind when selling your home, but finding a good real estate agent in Wanganui is not that difficult, there are plenty of good agents here if you know what you are looking for.

The Wanganui real estate agents listings in Whanganui Mansions are Bayleys Real Estate Whanganui, Property Brokers Whanganui, Property Brokers Marton, Ray White Wanganui, Harcourts Whanganui, LJ Hooker Whanganui, Arizto Real Estate Whanganui, Tall Poppy Real Estate Whanganui, Inspire Property Wanganui, Ross Watson Real Estate (The Watsons), Watson Real Estate, PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Team Lewis Innovation Real Estate, NZ Real Estate (NZR), First National Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate and is a much more easier platform to use compared to trade me property wanganui for example.

About the Author

Steve Baron is the Founder & CEO of Whanganui Mansions. He is a former successful real estate agent and property investor when based in Auckland and formerly the Managing Director of Baron Marketing Ltd, an advertising company he founded and ran for over 20 years. He is a past mentor for Business Mentors NZ and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waikato Majoring in Economics & Political Science. He also holds an Honours Degree from Victoria University of Wellington in Political Science. He is a published author of three books and a prominent guest editorialist for newspapers throughout New Zealand. In his spare time Steve is the Clerk of the Scales for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, is a Bridge Grandmaster and enjoys walking, running and cafes.