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WARNING: Do not use an interior designer until you know the… “19 Questions You Must Ask An Interior Designer Before You Use Them In Your Home!”

The decision to use an interior designer to either help sell your home is a big one. Once you’ve decided to sell, you are confronted with a whole list of choices. The first is whether to attempt to sell it on your own or list with a real estate
agent.

If you’re like most people, you don’t have the time or expertise to handle it yourself – so you’ll want to employ an agent. After all, nearly 90% of all homes are sold by real estate agents! If you are considering hiring a real estate agent, this report will help you with your next big decision:

Which real estate agent should you hire?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all real estate agents are the same. Many sellers have painfully discovered that there is a vast difference among agents. Picking the right agent can mean the difference between a smooth transaction and a nightmare that can foul up all your plans and cost you thousands of dollars.
You may have a couple of agents in mind, possibly ones that work your area, or that were referred to you. If not, ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations. DO NOT make the mistake of listing with the first agent who comes along without finding out some critical information first!
Here are the questions you should ask each agent:

Question 1
“How long have you been selling real estate?”
This will give you an idea of how much experience the agent has. You may not want to list your
home with a salesperson who just got their salespersons’ certificate last month. There is a
tremendous amount of turnover in the real estate sales business, especially in the first two years.
Some new agents are sharp, but in general, an agent with several years experience under their belt
may be best able to serve you.

Question 2
“Do you have a list of homes you have sold in the past six months, past year, your
career?”
Look for an agent who is active in your area and price range. Also look for an agent that sells at
least a few homes each month. An agent that is actively selling will be sharper and more
practiced, more familiar with the Market, and better prepared to represent and advise you.
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Question 3
“What is your average sales price?”
You want an agent that routinely sells homes like yours. The average agent usually tend to work in
certain areas (suburbs) or price ranges. For example, if your home was worth $110,000 you
wouldn’t want to list with an agent who primarily sells homes in the $500,000 range (or vice
versa). That agent’s clientele typically would not be interested in your home. However, saying
that, there are some agents who specialise in a wide range of different price ranges of houses.
Ask the question and see how they answer.

Question 4
“What is the average time to sell a home in this area?”
This is also commonly referred to as “days on Market.” A good agent should know this
information without even having to think about it. This information can serve as a guide in setting
a rough schedule for your move.

Question 5
“What is the average time for your listings to sell?”
An agent with a solid Marketing plan should sell their listings faster than the Market average. This
will also indicate how knowledgeable the agent is about pricing, because homes that aren’t priced
properly will take much longer to sell (if they sell at all).

Question 6
“What percentage of the homes listed for sale actually sell in this area?”
Again this question is one that a sharp agent will readily know. The answer will also tell you a lot
about the Market conditions in your area. For example, if only 30% of the homes put on the Market
successfully sell, you’ll know that you’re in a very competitive Market.

Question 7
“What percentage of your listings actually sell?”
A good agent should be considerably better than average on this. While no agent ever sells 100%
of the listings that they take, this can be an indication of how knowledgeable they are on pricing,
their ability to adapt to changes in the Market, and how well they communicate with their clients.

Question 8
“What is your list price to sales price ratio?”
This is expressed as a percentage. For example, if the agent’s ratio is 94%, this would mean that
on average, a home listed by the agent for $100,000 would sell for $94,000. Compare this ratio to
the average for your area.

Question 9
“Do you have personal assistants and other support staff working for you?”
Some agents employ an assistant or staff. This often means better service, and it can be an
indication that the agent treats selling real estate as a serious business. By employing someone to
handle the small details, the agent may be able to devote more time to serving your needs.

Compliments of Simon Cope, One2One Realty MREINZ. (09) 578-0704. simon.cope@webdoctor.co.nz
www.FreeRealEstateInfo.co.nz
© 2006 Free Real Estate Information
However, be sure you know up front how much involvement you can expect directly from your
agent, and how much is usually handled by someone else. It may be fine that most of your
interaction after the listing is with an assistant or other staff member as long as you are kept
informed of exactly what is being done to get your home sold, and have good lines of
communication.

Question 10
“Do you have a list of references that I could call?”
Many top agents will provide you with this without you even asking. Remember, you are
interviewing someone for the job of handling one of your biggest assets. Do not hesitate to check
them out thoroughly.

Question 11
“What is your Marketing plan for my home?”
Have the agent explain step-by-step exactly what they plan to do to find qualified buyers for your
home. Every agent will put your home on their website and throw a sign in the front lawn. Look
for an agent that utilises aggressive and innovative Marketing techniques to give you an advantage
over the competition.

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Where To From Here?
Hopefully, this report has given you some insight into a small part of decorating your home. It may also have prompted a whole new set of questions.

To get all of the answers you need, simply give me, Kristina Cope, a call on (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530 to schedule your free, no-hassle, straight talk consultation. I will arrange a time convenient for you, and it shouldn’t take long at all.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll receive more time and money saving interior design, decorating information than most people learn in a lifetime!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am not like most Interior Designers or Architects. (I am qualified in both fields). I concentrate on providing quality information to those who need it.

“But why would you just give away all of this valuable information?”

I know that you may be asking that question in your mind. I know it’s not what most Interior Designers do, and it may seem a little odd. It’s just that I have learned that good things happen when you concentrate on really helping people.

Yes, I make my living consulting to clients as their interior designer, and yes, it would be my pleasure to work for you to transform your house into a home you love to bring friends, business associates, and guests’ home to.

BUT ONLY IF THAT’S WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION!

A half-hour is all it takes to get the information you need to make smart decisions for your future. We'll discuss what you want to accomplish, and look at the different options that you have.

Well, I’ve said just about all I can say. The next step is up to you. As I said before, there is absolutely no cost or obligation attached to your free consultation.

Pick up the phone and call me now, while you are thinking about it. I know that you may be a little skeptical, but one phone call isn’t much to risk, especially when you could save yourself lots of aggravation and thousands of dollars!

You can reach me at (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530, or send me an email with some suggested times and dates you are available to get together with me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kristina Cope DipInt, BArch
Interior Designer
www.HomeInteriorDesign.co.nz
 
P.S. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else. Don’t miss out on information that can make all the difference!