PHOTO: IGOR YARUTA/123RF You need to be able to trust the agent with one of your biggest assets.

Choosing a real estate agent is a bit like finding a business partner. You need to be able to trust them with your life – or at least your largest financial asset – and that means going on more than just gut feel that they will be able to do a good job.

Remember that as the seller, the agent is working for you and they won’t be paid for their work unless they successfully sell your property and receive the commission that you’ve agreed on in the agency agreement. In other words, it’s in their best interests to do a good job.

Some agents work in partnership with another licensee or a team of other agents. Before you sign the agreement, check whether the agent who has listed your property will be the one you will work with or whether a member of their team will be your point of contact.

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