The smart way to rent your home is through a real estate professional, but you may not realize how much your real estate agent really does for you.
A real estate practitioner is licensed and regulated by the state of Texas to rent and or sell real estate, but service levels are far from standard. Most agents offer a full-service package, but what does that really mean?
It means you should have an agent’s most professional advice and services – from pricing your home to preparing your home for market “For Rent” or “For Sale”, to finding the right tenant/buyer, to bringing the transaction to a smooth closing.
A great real estate agent has a wealth of data and personal experience to share with you about our local real estate market conditions, comparable homes for rent on the market, to current lending and appraisal requirements for home For Sale. The real estate agents knowledge and experience will help you develop a pricing and marketing strategy that will bring about the quickest lease/sale for the highest amount and best terms possible.
A great real estate agent will help you prepare your home for rent in a critical marketplace. He will offer cleaning and repair suggestions, as well as help you understand what renters are looking for in today’s market.
A great real estate agent will market your home on the MLS, third-party sites and on signs, flyers, blogs and other media. But don’t be surprised if your first showings come from your agent’s community of contacts such as previous clients, current buyers and other personal and professional contacts.
A great real estate agent will qualify tenants to make certain they’re serious and financially able to rent your home. Your real estate agent can help you evaluate and negotiate leases, with rental terms as likely to meet your goals as possible.
Your real estate agent knows how to react defensively and help you solve any problem that comes up. Your agent also takes preventative measures to keep cooperating agents, contractors, and you on task. The real estate agents goal is to get the property leased meeting all of your objectives.
A great agent’s job isn’t finished when the home is leased. He can help you find and buy your next rental home, providing the same level of service to you when you become the buyer. Your real estate agent can keep you alerted to good housing investments.
For great real estate agents, professionalism is about building relationships that last a lifetime. The only way to do that is to give you the results you want.