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RE/MAX Notes Five Key Questions Sellers Often Forget to Ask When Choosing a Broker to Sell Their Home

Chicago, IL – May 4, 2017 (PRNewswire) When it’s time to sell their home, most Americans have their eye on the bottom line. RE/MAX brokers say sellers want to know, first and foremost, what their home is worth, what commission the broker will charge and how much they might have to spend to get the home ready to sell.

“Those are vital questions, but they aren’t the only ones,” said Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX Northern Illinois.

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Choosing a broker can be confusing because most of us sell a home only every 10 to 15 years, and the real estate business has seen dramatic changes over the last decade thanks to the internet.

According to Kreider, the secret to success lies in choosing a broker whose approach to selling homes meshes with a seller’s goals and preferences. To make that happen, sellers must ask the right questions.

Based on interviews with RE/MAX brokers, here are five questions sellers should ask when selecting a broker.

1. What is an appropriate listing price?

Whatever the ultimate sales price, the listing price is a vital starting point, noted Mary Reuter Kenney of RE/MAX Excels in Geneva, Ill.

“Some sellers and brokers may want to start with an elevated list price hoping for an eager buyer, but if the price is too high, it can keep buyers away. The longer a home sits on the market, the lower its eventual selling price is likely to be, so a realistic list price is essential. Sellers should ask a broker to present a list price recommendation based on the recent sales prices of comparable homes in the area, while also keeping the impact of current competition in mind.”

2. What are the expenses, besides commission, that sellers will face?

“Many sellers aren’t aware there are selling expenses beyond the broker’s commission,” said Kyra Pych of RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors, Oak Park, Ill.

“Those fees vary depending on local custom, so I go through all that with them: costs for title search and lot survey, for attorney fees, transfer taxes and other things. Sometimes, those fees determine whether a seller must bring money to the closing table, so they need the full picture,” she said.

3. How will you market my home, especially online?

Because more than 90 percent of buyers use the internet as part of their home search, effective online marketing is vital these days.

“Sellers must understand how a broker approaches internet marketing,” said Karen Danenberg of RE/MAX Suburban in Buffalo Grove, Ill. “If done right, it lets buyers get to know a house before they walk in, but to do that you need good pictures and good verbiage. If I were a seller, I’d ask to see how a broker had marketed comparable properties, and not just the photos and text on the MLS, but also what they did on social media, which is becoming a huge factor.”

4. How will the seller and broker work together?

It’s a key issue and one with many dimensions, noted Damian Ciszek of RE/MAX 10, Chicago, and there can be marked differences among brokers.

“I work on my own,” Ciszek explained, “so I handle everything, but other brokers may be part of team of brokers or may have unlicensed assistants who deal with portions of the process. Sellers should understand what information they will be getting and how frequently and just what is expected of them.”

5. What is the broker’s approach to preparing a home for sale?

Some brokers focus on maximizing value. That can mean a fair amount of pre-listing preparation for the seller but also a higher sales price. Other brokers are more willing to price a home to reflect its current condition if the buyer lacks the time or resources to make cosmetic improvements.

Jennie McLaughlin of RE/MAX Hub City in Rochelle, Ill., is among those who emphasize making homes she lists more salable, both in terms of exterior curb appeal and interior appearance.

“Curb appeal is extremely important. It defines the first impression buyers have of the property. Inside the home, it isn’t always necessary to invest a lot of money, but getting the home clean and decluttered pays huge dividends, not only in a better sales price but also a faster sale,” she said.

The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 103 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 110,000+ sales associates in 100+ nations.

Contact:

Chris Calomino
RE/MAX Northern Illinois
(847) 428-4200

REAL Trends 500 Report Ranks Nation’s Largest Real Estate Firms

Castle Rock, CO – March 31, 2017 (PRNewswire) REAL Trends, the trusted source for news and research about the real estate brokerage industry, announced the results of the 2017 REAL Trends 500, an independently verified compilation of the Nation’s leading residential real estate companies.

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According to a research report produced by REAL Trends, the 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the nation closed over 3.1 million residential sales transactions in 2016. These transactions represent over one-third of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year, yet the REAL Trends 500 represented less than one-half of one percent of all brokerage firms. The 500-ranked brokers closed 3.1 million home transactions with a value of over $1.0 trillion during 2016, up from $935 billion in the calendar year 2015.

This year’s survey represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry. Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms.

“Housing sales in the Nation were up 4.9 percent in 2016 from 2015. The REAL Trends 500 firms were up 6.6 percent in the same period. For the third year in a row, the Nation’s largest brokerage firms gained market share,” said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends. “This market-share growth is unusual in that historically larger firms lose market share in robust markets. Clearly, America’s largest brokerage firms have figured out how to grow their share in all kinds of market environments.”

It took 1,843 transactions to be included in this year’s REAL Trends 500, up from a minimum of 1,702 transactions a year ago. In 2015, there were 209 firms recording over $1 billion in residential sales while there were 235 firms that accomplished this in 2016.

NRT, LLC led the REAL Trends 500 as the largest residential brokerage company in the country. The firm closed 337,780 transactions in 2016. Owned entirely by Realogy, NRT, in Madison, New Jersey, acquires residential real estate brokerage firms and operates them as affiliates of Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s International Realty, The Corcoran Group, Zip Realty and Climb Real Estate.

Number two on the list of the Nation’s largest firms is HomeServices of America Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with 245,154 closed transaction sides. Number three on the list is Hanna Holdings, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with 90,016 transactions and number four was Chantilly, Virginia-based Long & Foster Companies, Inc., with 81,032 transactions.

To view the rankings, go to www.realtrends.com. To purchase a copy of the 2017 REAL Trends 500 publication, go to www.realtrends.com/store.

About REAL Trends:

REAL Trends has been The Trusted Source for news, analysis and information about the residential real estate industry since 1987. We are a privately-held publishing, communications and consulting company based in Castle Pines, Colorado. Residential real estate leaders find timely and trusted information and analysis through our yearly event—Gathering of Eagles—our monthly newsletter and other publications.