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  • Writer's pictureKaren Packard

What to Expect From Your Realtor

I believe that every house and every client deserves the same great service. Whether you are selling a $200,000 house or an $800,000 house. Whether you are upsizing with a growing family, getting a divorce, downsizing, retiring, or moving to Arizona, everyone deserves the same level of professionalism.

We all know the most important factors in the value of the house is location, competition, and whether it is a buyer or seller market. The other major thing is your realtor. When selling your most valuable asset, don’t waste thousands of dollars just so you can hire your friend and not feel guilty.

Selling your house is one of the most important business transactions and one of the most stressful things you will do in your life. You will need a realtor with the highest level of professionalism and local knowledge to get you the most money for your house and make the process as easy as possible.

Professional photography is a must. It is so frustrating when I see pictures of houses that have been taken with an iPhone or worse, they have a picture with a finger in the corner or bad lighting. Professional photos get more people to want your house and increase competition.

Make sure your realtor is always available. Ask them what kind of distractions they have. Do they have kids? Do they have a second job? When are they going on vacations? Your realtor should be available during the entire listing period. When I take a listing, I am always available to give the highest level of service.

Experience is probably the most important aspect when choosing a realtor. Don’t ask them how long they’ve been a realtor; ask them how many houses they have sold. After selling over 100 houses, I can tell you that every transaction is different and every transaction has different challenges. Only an experienced agent knows how to handle problems and negotiation tactics that will make the process easy and get you the most money possible for your house. Hiring a friend from work, or a family member could cost you tens of thousands of dollars and ruin a good relationship. Selling your house is a business transaction and you need a professional to help you throughout the process.

Have a Real Estate Question?

Feel free to email me any of your questions and I would be happy to answer them next month in this column or directly to you. Email me at

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