Home is where the heart is. If you're like most people, your home is also your single largest investment. That's why selling or buying a house can be so traumatic if you're newly divorced or separated. If you must sell your matrimonial home, take the time to examine your priorities and find the right real-estate agent.
Don't be afraid to interview a few different agents, suggests Barbara, a 43-year-old teacher from Marina del Rey, CA. "The first agent I spoke with was so paternal. I wasn't helpless, but he made me feel like I was." The experience encouraged Barbara to "shop around" for the right real-estate agent. By doing a little homework, she found an agent who was sensitive to her unique legal, financial, and emotional needs. Here's how you can find the agent who's right for you, too:
Start your search by preparing a list of questions to ask potential realtors. Then choose a comfortable location for the interview. It doesn't matter whether it's over the telephone, over a cup of coffee, or over at the realtor's office. Here are some sample questions you might consider when choosing a real estate agent:
- How long have you been in the real-estate business?
- Do you work on a part-time or full-time basis?
- What is your suggested selling price for my home? How did you determine that price?
- Do you live in the area where I would like to purchase or sell my home?
- How long have you been working in this area?
- Can you supply me with a list of vendor references?