Whether you're interested in selling your home now or later, it's important to educate yourself so that when the time comes, you're much more prepared and informed in your decision making. That's why we wanted to share the biggest mistakes to avoid as a homeowner when choosing a real estate agent.

Many people make the mistake of choosing their agent solely based on the agent's recommended list price. 

This is a tactic some agents use to just get your listing. They may give you an inflated price and tell you what they think you want to hear, just to get you to list with them.

Instead, focus your reasons for choosing an agent on the following 2 factors:

1. Who has the most aggressive marketing plan of action to get your home exposed to the maximum number of buyers out there? 

2. Who has the best contract negotiation skills to ensure you're getting as much money in your pocket as possible?  

Now, of course, the list price of your home does matter. However, your real estate agent should share things with you like the price of recent homes sold, currently pending and active comparable's to your property in order to make a realistic recommended list price.

That doesn't mean you have to list at the recommended price. It's your home, you are the boss, and your agent should be on your side. But you should be able to expect upfront answers and honest recommendations from your listing agent. They should share what they feel is the true market value of your home.