If you're planning to sell your home, getting help from a real estate agent will not only make the process easier for you, but should also help you to sell faster and for a price that is close to your asking price. Hiring the right listing agent might seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. You shouldn't necessarily hire the first agent you speak to, nor should you interview a long list of agents to find the right one. One idea is to sit down with three agents to assess who will be the right fit for you as you list your home for sale. Here are some reasons that three is a good number.
It Allows You To See The Differences
If you only interview one real estate agent and then hire him or her, you aren't getting enough information to necessarily make a smart move. By the time you've interviewed three agents, you should clearly be able to differentiate which agent is the best. There are several criteria that you'll likely notice during these three conversations. The leading agent is hopefully one who will impress you with his or her credentials and knowledge of the selling process and the local market alike, as well as have a personality that suits you.
It Won't Waste Time
While it's true that you could interview 20 agents in order to find the perfect one for helping to sell your home, the reality is that this process will take a lot of time. When you're getting ready to list your home, you're likely busy with cleaning, renovating, and decluttering. If you interview a surplus of agents, you'll often find that many of them offer similar attributes and you could find yourself overwhelmed about how to proceed. Interviewing three isn't a time-consuming effort, and can often be something that you can execute in one afternoon.
You Can Always Change Your Approach
It's a good idea to set a goal about how many real estate agents you'll interview before you hire one. Without a goal, it can be easier to meet with agent after agent and always be thinking, "I'll talk to just one more to see if he/she is right." Setting a goal of speaking to three agents gives you something firm to work toward, but you can always adjust the approach slightly. For example, you might feel that interviewing a fourth agent after you've talked to three will help you to make more of an informed decision.