If you are in the market to sell your home, your first step is to call a Realtor. One thing your real estate agent should do is explain to you the benefits of staging and preparing your home for sale. Your agent should also tell you the truth about how your home is prepared for market and tell you what you need to do to get the best price. Unfortunately, having a clean home ready to sell is not always good enough in the eyes of a buyer.

The prepared agent will bring information with them about recent comparable sales. They will help you price your home and possibly suggest low-cost upgrades that will boost your home’s value and help it sell more quickly.

Talk to a lender if you are planning to buy a new home. You’ll want to have your housing plan figured out before you put your home on the market.

Find out if the real estate agent is a full time agent or not. Full time agents are more likely to be tuned in to what’s going on the market that will influence your home’s sales price than a part timer. Second, full time agents most likely have access to bigger networks of other real estate agents they can tap into to help get your home sold.