Choosing a Sellers Agent

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What Interview Questions to Ask a Realtor Before you Sell a Home?

May 21, 2021

About to interview a Realtor to sell your home? Whether you were recommended to this real estate agent by a friend or you found the Realtor online, the next best step is to interview the agent at your home. Yes, you could interview the Realtor online or on the phone, but we recommend the first step (as long as everyone is comfortable) is to schedule an appointment at the home you are considering selling. This will help you gauge the Realtor’s reaction to your property and help you know if the agent is a good fit for your home sale. 1. What are the Exact Terms of your Cancellation Policy? Okay, I know that sounds like a strange place to...


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#1 Portland Real Estate Agent to Sell a Home

January 27, 2021

Okay, so that’s a lot to claim and we’ll need to get more specific. I’ve been a licensed real estate agent since 2003, serving Oregon and SW Washington. For much of that time I’ve run the Stephen FitzMaurice Team, currently with the international phenomenon EXP Realty. My team members are the reason for my success in the Portland real estate market. Also, it helps that we charge less than the local or national average commission rates. Our home selling program max. charge is 4.25% commission and is less in some areas and circumstances, but never more. We also offer a customer-friendly cancel anytime contract for no charge. Then we top it off with what I believe is the best home...


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5 Questions to ask a Realtor in an Interview

June 26, 2020

Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions a person makes during their lifetime, even if they make it multiple times. A good Realtor can make the experience stress free and enjoyable (or as enjoyable as possible) and financially rewarding. But how do you know if a Realtor will perform, how do you know if they are a good fit? Questions to ask a Realtor during an interview: 1. What are the exact terms of your cancellation policy? Okay, so maybe you didn’t expect this to be the first question. But honestly I think it should be. Let’s say you went through the interview process and the real estate agent told you everything you wanted to hear...


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Real Estate Agent vs. Seller Agent Specialist: What’s the difference?

April 26, 2019

Portland’s real estate landscape is vast! There’s a specialist for nearly every activity — and that’s a good thing. To have a hassle-free real estate transaction, you need someone handling the mortgage, someone looking at the title, someone inspecting the home, etc. That’s why a system has developed over the decades in which, in a given home sale transaction, there’s usually one real estate agent for the seller and one for the buyer. Now some real estate agents will take that a step further and exclusively represent sellers or exclusively represent buyers as a career specialization choice to serve their clients in the most effective manner. 3 Seller Agent Specialist Advantages 1. Improved Customer Service When I first started the...


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Choosing a Listing Agent? Check 4 Things.

March 26, 2019

Verified real estate agent reviews, verified sales record, marketing services to sell your home, and total cost — these are the four most important things to consider when choosing a listing agent for your home. 1. Verified Real Estate Agent Reviews You wouldn’t trust a review on a hotel from someone who hasn’t stayed there, so why would you trust a review about a real estate agent from someone who hasn’t worked with them? It is incredible the number of reviews out there on real estate agents from friends and family or even negatively from the competition leaving false reviews. You’ll find these in abundance on Yelp.com. This is why we leave the majority of our reviews on Zillow.com. This...


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Number 1 Listing Agent in Portland Oregon

January 20, 2017

Currently there are over 10,000 real estate agents in our local MLS, and about 6900 in the greater Portland Metro area. Out of those 6900 who is the number one listing agent in the Portland metro? We are going to answer that question using the total number of homes sold (listings only) in 2016 and the total sales volume for homes sold (listings only) in 2016 in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas county combined). These numbers come direct from our local MLS, the RMLS. Certainly there are other ways to determine which agent is better than the next, and I recommend interviewing multiple agents to pick the best one to sell your Portland home. Here is the number...


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What Sellers Look for in a Portland Listing Agent

December 4, 2012

Selling a house is no small endeavor. And, as one might expect, it’s not something most of us would want to leave to someone we don’t trust. This is one of the main reasons we ask for referrals from our friends, family, neighbors and coworkers when selling a house. Did you know that getting a referral is the number one method used to find a Real Estate Agent? Well it is. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Yearly Publication, fully thirty-nine percent of people selling a house in 2011 found their listing agent by getting a referral from a friend, neighbor or relative. Involving a trusted friend’s referral can bring peace of mind and perhaps promotes more honesty, but...