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If you are selling your home, that’s a very important question. Which real estate agent is the best one for you?

Selling your home can be a very emotional and stressful time in your life, so it is important to select a real estate agent who you feel comfortable with as well as one who has the best strategy to obtain you the highest possible price for your home.

Word of mouth is one of the best ways of determining which real estate agent to sell your home. The right agent will instil a confidence that will be necessary during the selling process, so a referral from someone you trust is a great place to start.

If a referral is not possible, check the papers to find out which agents are selling properties for good prices in your area and invite three or four of them to inspect your property and appraise your home.

This appraisal should not only include an estimate of the sale price of your home, but also a comparative market analysis (CMA). This analysis will give you a comprehensive overview of local sales and should include at least three recent sales of houses on par with yours, the average house prices in your area, properties that are currently for sale and similar to yours and a list of that particular agent’s successes.

It is also important to beware of the pitfalls. The real estate agent with the lowest commission rate and/or the highest valuation for your property is not necessarily the best option.

Have a list of appropriate questions - such as what are the estate agents fees and charges. Many agents have a pre-sale listing kit that will give you the complete picture of their agency, their staff and their strengths. This will be invaluable when choosing the top estate agent to handle the sale of your property.