If you’re trying to sell your Elmhurst home, you probably know that it can be a bit of a hassle. When making such a big financial and emotional investment, it’s important to make sure you have a truly professional real estate agent on your side. To help you decide which of the many real estate agents in the area qualify as the best, we’ve pulled together some important items to consider.

First impressions are very important. If the agent you’ve contacted gets backs to you immediately, maybe even returning your call within a few minutes, it shows that he or she truly wants your business. If you haven’t heard back from him or her within a couple of days, that agent probably won’t be focused on meeting, let alone exceeding, your expectations.

Look for someone who’s been a successful agent for at least five years. Having experience proves that the agent loves his or her work. If the agent has managed to stay in this highly competitive business for over ten years, you can be sure he or she knows their stuff. Also, look into how many transactions the agent has closed in a year - most agents only manage a handful, so if this one closes on 40 or more, you’ll be in good hands.

Test your prospective agent by asking about the marketing plan for your home. The agent should have a complete, step-by-step plan, and he or she should be able to explain how each step will work towards getting your home sold. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about it, either. If you feel like something’s missing or doesn’t sit right, a good agent should be able to explain why that particular strategy works in your market.

Another thing to remember is that you don’t have to sign a contract with the first agent you meet. Shop around, and see how different agents could work for you, and with you. It’s important to have a good connection and a strong degree of trust with the person who will be selling your home – you’ll know it when you find it.

The Gracik Makinney Group is devoted to helping you sell your home, and we’re determined to continue to exceed your expectations. We’ve been full time REALTORS for over 30 years. We are very well reviewed, and have sold almost 100 homes in 2013 alone. So, you can be confident in our ability to represent you and your property. Let me explain how – give me a call on 630-441-5570, or stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst.