Associating the realtor with the sale - 2 questions
We will be listing this spring. I am able to get recent comparables and to plot sales trends from readily available data from my own distinct area within our sub. This is very useul not only for seeing where prices are going, but I can also see what was going on at the time we purchased. There are even some multiple resales within the time period on my own block.
So I feel like I have plenty of pricing info.
But I would like also to plot the track records of individual realtors. The municipal databases don't show who sold the property. Can I answer this question through publicly available info?
I know of a few realtors who have sold homes in walking distance of mine; the one who sold our home to us, for instance, whom I will absolutely not use, and another one who lives around the corner.
In addition to deciding who to list with, I would like to view some professionally staged homes of comparable size, age, and selling price. I'd like to get the names of stagers from the realtors and then go take a peek at the houses. I have to do this before listing, of course, because a realtor won't have much interest in helping me once I have listed with someone else. And I want to limit this effort to my sub or very, very similar places, so I think getting names from the realtors would be the most efficient way to go.
When I last sold, 6 years ago, it was amazingly challenging to get the names of used-house stagers from realtors, even though I was selling a far more expensive home. I don't know whether people weren't really using stagers, or realtors were closed-mouth, or what. But I'm hoping for better luck this time.
I do need to look at a homes very similar to mine; just going around the town and checking out places in different neighborhoods in different price ranges will not be useful to me. Over the years I have randomly called stagers based on seeing their work or a recommendation, and usually I get one or two usuable ideas from them, but because every space is different, every staging is different. In this case I'm selling a home that looks like many others very close by, so I should't have to gamble on the talents of the stager. The homes, the sales info, and possibly the pictures are out there, and I can find them. Can I find the realtors and through them the stagers?
Yes, I am a database analyst.