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Mar 2, 2020

When selling a home, it is critical to find a real estate agent that has your best interest in mind. Someone that you can feel safe and comfortable with. It will make all the difference. In this week's episode, Nina Hermann talks about finding the right real estate agent for the home seller.

Part One of ‘How to Find a Real Estate Agent for The Home Seller’

If a new agent hasn't listed a property yet, it's not advisable to discount them entirely. Oftentimes they have mentors, the time, and the dedication. They're eager to learn, excited, and they're willing to ask questions to make sure that it's done right. Sometimes they can be just as great, if not better than an experienced agent.

“Find an agent who's willing to communicate with you on a regular basis and keep you up to date.” — Nina Hermann (01:25-01:43)

Second, you want somebody who will listen to you. A person who resonates with you. You want somebody who is going to listen to your concerns. Who is going to address them? Selling your property is a big deal. You have invested a lot of time and energy into your property. You have a lot of pride in it. You have built a lot of memories in it, so it is essential for you.

You also want somebody that you feel safe with and that you trust. This agent is bringing people into your home. You want somebody who's going to give you tips and educate you on how to keep your home safe as well. You want an agent who's willing to communicate with you regularly.

The selling process can be time-consuming. It can take some time. You want an agent who's going to keep you up to date. What are they doing for your property? Who has seen it? What’s the feedback? You want somebody who's going to provide that information to you. You can have peace of mind and make modifications if necessary.

Part Two of ‘How to Find a Real Estate Agent for The Home Seller’

You may be moving to another city, or have a deadline. You want that information as soon as possible. So, an agent who regularly communicates with you is vital. You'll also want to take a look at how they market your property. The number of views of your property is key. It comes down to numbers. The more views of your property, the more it's exposed, the more likely you are to find a buyer for your home.

What are they doing to market your property? Are they using social media? Are they using video? Sometimes it comes down to brochures and print. Every agent has a different idea. They have different creative senses.

“Find an agent that you can feel safe and comfortable with.” —  Nina Hermann (05:24-05:26)

Look at their portfolio and what they've done for other clients. Were you happy with the photos? Were you pleased with the videos that they produced or their social media? Can you see the detailed information? Frequently, they have brochures or a website that they can show you what they've done. Are you happy with those vendors?

You'll also want an agent who has done their research to show they know more about your property. They can't know everything because they haven't done a walkthrough. Have they taken the time to at least do some research so that they can have a better and more informed conversation with you about your property? When you meet with that agent, you will want that agent to walk through your property and provide suggestions.

Always keep an open mind. You want an agent to provide feedback because they know what buyers are looking for. When homeowners leave personal items out or clutter out, it can turn off a buyer. Agents are going to give you the advice to help you sell the property. Please don't be offended. Do what you can to incorporate it. You want somebody who's going to provide honest and open feedback.


You may have an agent who suggests different things that you can do to stage the home, or they'll bring in a consultant that makes recommendations to stage the home. Sometimes staging makes a huge difference, especially in a vacant house or a very sterile feeling.

Home staging can sell the property, so take their advice. You'll want an agent who is willing to work with the cooperating broker and somebody who respects their colleagues. You want them to do what's right for you, but in the end, it has to be right for everyone.

How to Get Involved

The Vibrant Living Group helps make Real Estate easy. We understand that it can be challenging and stressful to buy, sell, or invest in Real Estate, and our goal is to minimize your stress and make the experience easy and satisfying. We first listen and then bring our experience and expertise to help you every step of the way to meet your goals, whether you are buying, selling, or investing:

If you are looking to buy a home, sell a home, or invest in real estate in Lakewood Ranch, FL, Bradenton, FL, Sarasota, FL or surrounding areas, the Vibrant Living Group would love to help. Call us at 941-225-2500 or find us at