How to Choose a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

by Golden Path Real Estate 01/05/2020

If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, your mind is probably flooded with dozens of unanswerable questions. Much of your uncertainty may revolve around the marketability of your home and how quickly a qualified buyer will come along.

Although there are factors over which you have little control, there are several things you can do to tip the scales in your direction.

Other than sprucing up your home and yard to maximize their visual appeal, choosing a top-notch real estate agent is the single most important step you can take. It's not only crucial to select an agent who is both experienced and proactive, but you'll also want to find a professional with whom you have a good rapport. You can usually get a pretty good idea of their experience and sales history from online profiles, but the only way to know whether they're a good fit for your needs and personality is by meeting with them face to face.

If you have the time and inclination, it can also be to your advantage to interview more than one candidate. The agent you ultimately choose will have a direct bearing on virtually all aspects of the sales process. By choosing a professional who is dedicated, knowledgeable, and easy to work with, you'll be taking a big step toward getting your house sold within the shortest period of time. A good agent will keep you motivated, informed, and focused on keeping your home in marketable condition. They'll also help you with everything from pricing and negotiating to problem solving and setting up appointments.

There are several other things you can do to increase the chances of attracting potential buyers and offers. Creating as much curb appeal as possible can go a long way toward making a great first impression. The concept of curb appeal can encompass many different elements, but the battle is half won when your lawn, bushes, and trees are kept neatly trimmed at all times. Weather permitting, displaying colorful potted flowers and hanging baskets is another way to add a lot of eye appeal to your home. Simple improvements like painting your front steps, sealcoating your driveway, or touching up the paint on window shutters or porch railings can also help enhance your home's curb appeal.

Although interior painting can be time-consuming and a bit messy, it's often one of the most cost-effective ways to make a positive impression on potential buyers. If your walls are looking scuffed, faded, or otherwise neglected, a fresh coat of neutral, beige, or grey paint can often make a huge difference in the eye-appeal of your home. Making sure your carpets are clean, counter tops are immaculate, and your windows are crystal clear are other ways to put your best foot forward when house hunters are scheduled to visit your home.

About the Author
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Golden Path Real Estate

Yolanda and Durnee bring over sixty years combined experience in real estate working with clients in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. They have seen all types of changes to the industry and have been a part of making change in the industry. They are both community activists and have worked to help stop redlining, predatory lending practicing and unfair regulations and taxation of homeowners and buyers. 

Yolanda has been President of Real Estate Associations and non-profits such as Southwest Los Angeles Association of Realtors, Southwest Los Angeles Rotary and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. She is a Girl Scout co-leader, member of her community school counsel and is licensed in both real estate and life insurance. 

Durnee is a gentleman who still believes in holding doors open for women, while appreciating their intelligence and independence. He has organized community events, has severed on the board and member of several non-profits such as Consolidated Realty Board and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. Durnee has a background in flooring and window treatment. He also can design closet for functionality taking advantage of unused space.  

Yolanda and Durnee enjoy working as a team because they complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They absolutely enjoy hanging out with family and friends, you will usually find Durnee on the grill at family functions and Yolanda baking or throwing something in the pot bringing that comfort food to the table. They both love gardening they have been jokingly called Lisa and Oliver Douglas of Green Acres because no one believed that they get down and dirty in garden. Until they saw the results. They enjoy vacations and stay-cations and always strive to make every day special in some little way. They have been working eating healthier and get back to going to the gym. However, it seems like some days are harder than other. They were doing so good then…………. well tomorrow is another day. 

Here's what our recent clients have said.

Yolanda and Durnee were referred to me by Edna R. when we purchased our first house. So, when we it came time to purchasing our second home we knew who to call. Just as they did with the first home, Yolanda and Durnee took the time to listen to what we wanted, our budget, our fears, and they helped us by educating us through the whole process. This time we opted to go with a fixer upper in an upscale neighborhood. My husband was excited, and I was a little nervous because I loved our home which was turnkey when we purchased it. Yolanda and Durnee made the whole process from selling my old home to purchasing our new home seamless. We are now in the process of renovating our new home and I got my dream kitchen. My husband keeps saying we just increased our equity just ask Yolanda and Durnee The Golden Path Team. They are our Realtors and friends for life. Irma and Wayne H

I had to short sale my home and Yolanda and Durnee closed my home in 30 days from the time it was listed. Yolanda and Durnee had all the terms worked out before we I listed including getting me relocation money the whole process with less than 60 days. I had heard all kinds of horror stories about how long it would take and all the red tape. The Golden Path Team made it such a wonderful experience. Sharon