Hiring a Listing Agent

Valerie Bomberger

I, Valerie Bomberger, ABR , AHWD at RE/MAX Harbor Country have devoted my time to perfecting a career in real estate service. Continuous education, market research, and vast experience are combined with an excellent team of real estate professionals to help you sell your home quickly. I will take care of all the everyday real estate transactions for you.  This lets you concentrate on your full-time job, while I do mine.  I will guide you through the home selling process and exclusively represent your interests as I help you sell your  home, present you with a contract offer, negotiate the best deal  and close on selling your  home! My goal is to provide you with expert, caring, and candid advice throughout one of the most important transactions of your life. This is my commitment to you.

If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s probably crossed your mind to try to sell it yourself and save the sales commission. But, there are some very good reasons why that would be a mistake. According to housing industry experts at HomeGain.com and Realtor.org, more homes listed by real estate agents are sold than homes marketed by owners, and they sell more quickly and for more money. Homes listed by real estate professionals get more exposure and their sellers get more support. Real estate professionals offer many advantages:

  • They’re trained and licensed professionals.
  • They have experience in your neighborhood and your market.
  • They have oversight from brokers and state licensing officials.
  • Their job is to advise you on the best way to reach your goals.
  • Their continuing education keeps them up-to-date on housing issues.
  • They know how to present your home and deal with buyers.
  • They know how and where to market properties.
  • They know how to overcome problems that occur in all transactions and closings.
  • They understand state-required disclosures and look out for your best interests. 
  • They understand personal safety and security for your belongings during showings.
  • They know resources to make transactions go more smoothly, from bankers to home stagers to contractors.
  • They have the most accurate data sources – the MLS, the only data repository that has the most up to-date listing and sales information.
  • They know how to negotiate.
  • Their job is making real estate transactions successful.
When you market your own home, you have to make the time to do all the jobs a real estate professional would do, and you’ll be competing against other sellers who have real estate professionals by their sides. If you can’t leave work to show your home, or you feel it requires more knowledge and experience than you have, you can’t go wrong by hiring a well-respected real estate professional. If you have questions on the home selling process please contact Valerie Bomberger ABR , AHWD with Re/Max Harbor Country. 

I am often asked what a Seller Agency Agreement and Listing Agent are?

A Seller's Broker/Agent  acts  solely on your behalf and owe duties to you as the seller, which includes good faith, loyalty, and fidelity. The agent  will negotiate on behalf of, and act as an advocate for you, the seller.  You as The seller are legally responsible for the actions of the Broker/Agent when that agent is acting within the scope of the agency.  By law the Broker/Agent must disclose to buyers or tenants all adverse material facts about the property known by the Broker/Agent.  A separate written listing agreement is required which outlines the duties and obligations of the parties.

The “listing agreement” is a contract between a real estate agent and a home seller that says that the Broker/Agent has the right to list (advertise and handle the sale of) your house. It’s important to understand the terms of the agreement, because you’ll be bound by them, and while a listing agreement is good for us, because it obligates you to work with us for at  a minimum amount of time, it also protects you, as the seller, by explaining Broker/Agent responsibilities and what you can if I do not meet them. 

There are three top types of Listing Agreement

  • Exclusive Right-to-Sell Listing -The most common listing is the exclusive right-to-sell listing. The agent has exclusive right to a commission by representing the seller. The agent can either find a buyer or another agent can find a buyer. The seller pays a listing agent commission and the buyers agent commission. The seller cannot sell the property themselves without paying a commission, unless the contract notes an exception.
  • Open Listing - Open listings are non-exclusive agreements that let the seller sell the home by themselves. The seller can have an open listing with more than one agent's broker. The seller pays only the agent that brings the buyer that the seller accepts. This means that the seller will not pay a listing agent. The seller only pays half of a normal commission to a buyers agent. 
  • Exclusive Agency Listing - With an exclusive agency listing the agent represents the seller. The seller has the right to sell the property themselves  and not pay a commission. The agent is free to work with another agent and the second agent could find a buyer whose offer the seller accepts. Both agents get a commission.

Understanding How Agency Works For Realtors

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All real estate licensees are not the same
 Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR® are properly called REALTOR®. They are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly, subscribes to a strict code of ethics and is expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.

There are three reasons you should let me represent you as a real estate listing agent?
  • Expertise
  • Professionalism
  • Perseverance
Selling a home  can be a stressful and emotional experience. I’ve been professionally trained, am knowledgeable on current market conditions, and I’m dedicated to bringing you quality service. You can count on me to give you the necessary expertise, the right guidance, and the best service available.

Let Valerie Bomberger, ABR, AHWD with REMAX Harbor Country help you in the Home Selling process. 

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