4 Must-Have Traits that Make an Awesome Listing Agent

Consider these four must-have traits for your future listing agent:
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Are you thinking about selling your home? Are you worried about making updates before it hits the market? Are you concerned about getting all the paperwork correct?

We hear you.

When you hire a real estate agent to help you sell your home, you’re making an important decision. The right professional real estate agent can take away many of the challenges of selling. That’s why it’s vital to find the right match for you and your home.

If we were hiring an agent to sell our home today, we know exactly what traits we would want them to have. Consider these four must-have traits for your future listing agent:


1. Your agent should understand your individual timetable.

You are planning to move for a reason. And depending on the size of your household and your motivations, it’s probably a very good reason to merit going through the whole process. Whether your move revolves around the start of a new school year or the start of a new job, that deadline is looming.

Even in the best of circumstances, moving can be very emotionally draining. You have every right to demand from your agent an appreciation for the timetables you are setting. That is not to say that he or she can pick the exact date a buyer makes an offer. You just want the agent to exert any influence they can.

It’s Different at Beverly-Hanks

On beverly-hanks.com, you can filter our agents by specialty, designations, and interests. An agent’s current listings can also give you insight into where his or her strengths lie. Find an agent who you think can best represent your home in the current market for your neighborhood.


2. Your agent should remove as many challenges for you as possible.

What’s the point of hiring a real estate agent if they aren’t going to help take things off your plate? That’s why it’s so important to hire someone who is a full-time real estate professional. We would even suggest vetting agents to find someone who has experience in your particular neighborhood. Your agent should have a thorough understanding of home supplies, the factors affecting home prices on a neighborhood level, and how sales pace influences “good” home availability. These skills will help you set the right price for your home to quickly bring in qualified offers.

It’s Different at Beverly-Hanks

An agent’s ability to negotiate is critical in this market. At Beverly-Hanks, you can rest assured that your agent has received extensive training in negotiations. Through the classroom and mock negotiations, our agents learn to manage negotiations to achieve your top objectives. Rather than approaching negotiations with an adversarial mindset, our agents work to prevent emotions from derailing the process. Instead, their focus is on achieving your top objectives.


3. Your agent should be able to help you with your relocation.

Not all real estate agents work as both listing agents and buyers agents. If you haven’t yet picked your new home, make sure your listing agent is capable and willing to help you with that transaction, as well.

Coordinating your move is crucial. You don’t want to be without a roof over your head after you close your sale. Likewise, you don’t want to end up paying two housing expenses (whether it is rent or mortgage) for a length of time. In an ideal world, you should be able to close on your current home and immediately move into your new residence.

It’s Different at Beverly-Hanks

Your Beverly-Hanks agent is backed by trained relocation professionals. Our relocation team is committed to unmatched customer service that includes connecting you to valuable resources that ensure a flawless relocation. We have special business relationships with a number of nationally known van lines and can offer moving services any place in the nation and at any time of the year at a discounted price with additional no-fee service features.


4. Last but certainly not least, your agent should be able to get your house sold!

There is a reason you are putting yourself and your family through the process of moving. You are moving forward toward something new and important. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be dealing with the headaches and challenges that come along with selling.

Do not allow your agent to forget these motivations!

You shouldn’t have to constantly remind your agent that selling the house is why you hired them. If something needs to be done to attain your goal (e.g., price correction, repairs, removing clutter), they should have the courage and foresight to inform you. And they should have the time to work with you to make those changes effectively.

It’s Different at Beverly-Hanks

At Beverly-Hanks, our listings are supported by more than 60 operations and marketing team members, as well as our proprietary technology platform, OnePlace. When you hire a Beverly-Hanks agent, you are hiring an entire team of highly experienced real estate professionals. Our team enables your agent to go above and beyond for you. As a result, we sell more real estate than the next three firms combined.


How much do you know about real estate agency?

In some real estate transactions, the seller and buyer may each have agents. But sometimes, the same agents work for both the buyer and the seller. In order to make the best decisions, it is important for you to know whether an agent is working for you as your agent or simply working with you while acting as an agent of the other party.

Click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of buyer’s agents, seller’s agents, and dual or designated agency.