Ken Smith of The Smith Team in MauiMaybe you want to hire a friend from college, maybe you want to hire the smiley guy from the billboard, maybe you just want to do it all yourself. While none of those are recommended, we found some helpful tips for when you are choosing your Maui realtor:

DO CONSIDER THE AGENCY AS WELL AS THE REALTOR

Although it may seem counterintuitive, it may be to your benefit to go with a larger agency. With a larger agency, come more resources available to sell your home. Also, since they keep longer business hours, someone should be more likely to be available to pick up the phone when someone makes an inquiry about your home. In addition to having more hands on deck, it is also beneficial to select an agent from a large agency because they often give incentives for their agents to get further training and education.

DO HIRE AN AGENT WITH PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

All licensed Maui real estate agents are educated and examined before they are allowed to practice, but it can be helpful to hire an agent with additional professional designations. For example, many realtors are a part of the National Association of Realtors® which requires members to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that are often more stringent that state law provides.

DO CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS

Don’t hire the first realtor to present to you. You may have gotten a good feeling about them but you should ask around before making a commitment. You probably wouldn’t take the first home you showed to you by a realtor—why would you choose a realtor that way?

DON’T SIMPLY CHOOSE AN AGENT BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEM

Sure, you already know them and you know that, in the very least, you can tolerate them. But do they have all the certifications? Do they know the area? Do not select an agent out of convenience.

DON’T CHOOSE AN AGENT BECAUSE THEY AGREE WITH YOUR SELLING PRICE

Many agents will agree with your selling price only to change it later on, so do not base your choice on that factor alone. Plus, the agent should have a better idea of how much your house will actually sell for, whereas you only know how much you want for it.

DON’T CHOOSE AN AGENT BASED ON HOW MANY HOMES THEY’VE SOLD

Of course you will want to choose a successful realtor, but you may need to dig a little deeper to actually measure that success. Sure, they may have sold 35 homes in the last year, but under what circumstances? Did they list 50 and sell 35? Did they have to reduce several times before a buyer bit? No matter the numbers a realtor throws at you, you should make sure their sales goals align with yours.

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