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While certain tips like properly staging your space will help get your home sold no matter what the economic climate, picking a talented real estate agent is one of the most crucial assets in getting your home sold fast and for the right price.

During the summer this is especially important to consider because buyers and sellers are less available due to vacations and kids being home on summer break. If you don’t have a dedicated agent you might not receive the customer service needed to get your sale closed.

Many agents are thriving in today’s market, so an easy way to find someone well qualified is to do some research- who is winning awards in your area and what are they doing to differentiate themselves from the competition? If you know someone that has recent bought or sold a home ask them for advice, or even a referral.

Before hiring your agent ask: What was your most challenging sale, what made it so difficult, and how did you ultimately get the home sold? This will tell you if the agent has experience and if they have the tools necessary to get your home sold.

Also, get realistic comps and price your home accordingly. If your home and a similar home across the street are on the market do something to differentiate yours from theirs whether it be lowering the price or putting some extra time, and perhaps a little money, into staging it properly.

Don’t take offense if you get an offer that is low, make a counter-offer. Let go of the emotion you’ve invested in your home. Be detached, using a business-like manner in your negotiations. You’ll definitely have an advantage over those who get caught up emotionally in the situation.

Ultimately, the best way to get your home sold in any economy is to know the market, work hard, and be realistic. By carefully choosing the right agent or team to make the sale you are setting yourself up for quick success.