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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2012

how do i find a good real estate agent (in Hoboken NJ)?

I see many realtor companies listed here, all with very few reviews. I need names of specific realtors who are experienced and trustworthy. I need to sell my house.

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If you can't find one on Angie's List, ask your friends, co-workers and neighbors if they've had a real estate broker that they've liked. That's usually the best way to find someone. Then when you have two or three, interview them and ask how long they've been in business, how many houses they've sold and the average time it took to sell them, plus how they plan to market your property. You can also ask them their list to sale ratio over the last two years. In other words, what did they list the property for originally, and what did it sell for. So if they listed it at $200,000 and it sold for $150,000 their ratio would be 75%. That would be a bad thing. They should be able to establish a list to sale ratio that's reasonable. You don't want to have them list your home at so high a price (and don't believe that the agent with the highest number will do the best job -- you need to listen to why they would list at that price; have them show you comparable sales in your neighborhood to justify a listing price) that people won't want to pay that much. You need an accurate listing price. If it's listed too high it will just sit on the market for a long time and become stale. You want your home to sell quickly, not take forever to sell.

There are plenty of places online where you can get a list of questions to ask agents, but don't drive them crazy (voice of experience!). Check the website below -- pick and choose the questions most important to you.


Answered 8 years ago by denverbuyerbroker

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