Florida Home Sellers
Security National Title & Escrow, LLC defines a seller as anyone who decides to sell his/her home or owned property. When the intention to sell is decided, a seller will normally contact a real estate professional (usually an agent) to get an idea of how much the property is worth. Before signing any agreements, we recommend that prospective sellers interview at least three real estate agents. Pay careful attention to their history associated with sellers, and if their price point does not line up with your expectations, ask them to explain their reasoning. Different agents have different methodologies and fields of expertise, and not everyone is going to be equally qualified. Remember you are the one with the power, and you should never be afraid to challenge them or ask for references. By shopping around, you become an informed seller—one much more likely to receive maximum value for their property than the average individual.
Before listing or showing the property, a seller should be sure to make any necessary repairs based on the recommendations of the real estate professional. This is very important, and if your agent neglects this step, you should hire a new one immediately. While we would happy to recommend qualified, experienced agents to you, we encourage you to shop around on your own as well. At the end of the day, no one truly knows what is best for you and your situation but you.
You shouldn’t reserve shopping around just for agents. You should do this for all parties associated with your transaction, including professional real estate attorneys and even title companies. Calling at least three is a good rule of thumb. Ask about fees, related experience, and knowledge, and be sure that you are making an informed decision that is best for your particular situation.
Many real estate agents have a financial incentive to recommend certain businesses (such as title companies) over others. While it is true that these affiliations may involve some small benefit to you, never assume this is the case. Too often all these recommendations do is put more money into your agent’s pocket. Be informed based on facts—not on an individual’s good word. If the company does not benefit you, keep looking.
Remember, to safeguard your interests all of this must be done before signing any contracts. When that time comes, the title company will handle all the funds from the sale of your home, as well as the drafting of any legal documents.
Choose wisely, and do not underestimate the importance of an experienced title company in the selling process. Whether you choose to do business with us or not, we want you to make a decision that suits your best interests. We wish you luck in your search.