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Police: Child Playing With Lighter Sparks Fire At Delaware County Apartment Building

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Two children had to rescued from a fire that injured four people, including two firefighters, and forced 150 people from their homes at an apartment building in Delaware County. The three-alarm fire broke out shortly before ...

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Allhomes Commercial Real Estate NavigationBuyRentNew homesSoldCommercialNewSellNewsAgentsMoreSign inSign upAdviceSellingTen things to consider before choosing a real estate agentSign up / LoginSearchInspection PlannerShortlistFind an AgentInsightsNewsMarket analysisHome price guideAuction ResultsSuburb profilesMoreHome LoansInsuranceCommercial Real EstateFeedbackwindow.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-header_1"] = {"loginUrl":"","signupUrl":"","logoutUrl":"","isSelected":"News","baseUrl":"","breadcrumbs":[{"title":"Advice","url":""},{"title":"Selling","url":""},{"title":"Ten things to consider before choosing a real estate agent","url":""}],"useCookieOnClient":true,"theme":"domain"}; the way real estate should be Domain Explains: The history of auctionsHow did everybody end up standing around a loud person with a gavel on a Saturday morning? Domain explains.window.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-brightcove-player_1"] = {"id":"7719336","bcAccount":"3920115944001","bcPlayer":"SJxjm8cTab","videoId":"ref:7719336","embed":"default","hasCountdown":true,"autoplay":true,"name":"Domain Explains: The history of auctions","description":"How did everybody end up standing around a loud person with a gavel on a Saturday morning? Domain explains.","adUrl":{"baseUrl":"","params":{"sz":"4x1","iu":"/31694718/vid.domain/advice/selling","t":"","ciu_szs":"300x250","impl":"s","gdfp_req":"1","env":"vp","output":"xml_vmap1","ad_rule":"1","unviewed_position_start":"1","url":"[referrer_url]","correlator":"[timestamp]","vid":"ref:7719336","playerid":"7719336","cust_params":"ctype=index\u0026cat=advice\u0026cat1=selling\u0026pageid=308527\\u0026cat5=upside-realty-selling-sponsorship\u0026playerpos=1\u0026videoID=ref:7719336"}},"titan":{"videoId":"ref:7719336","position":1,"cat":"Video_Property","cat1":"Video_Domain"},"theme":"domain"}; Ten things to consider before choosing a real estate agent Jude Leferink window.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-icon_1"] = {"name":"facebook","size":"regular","theme":"domain"}; facebook window.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-icon_2"] = {"name":"twitter","size":"regular","theme":"domain"}; twitter window.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-icon_3"] = {"name":"whatsapp","size":"regular","theme":"domain"}; whatsapp window.renderizrData = (window.renderizrData || {}); window.renderizrData["fe-co-icon_4"] = {"name":"pinterest","size":"regular","theme":"domain"}; pinterest Choosing an agent is the most difficult and daunting decision a home seller will have to make before listingWhy? Because the difference between a good agent and a bad agent can be hundreds of thousands of dollars     At the same time, property marketing has changed dramatically. The days of sticking a signboard up and waiting for a buyer to come are long gone, so it’s important to find an agent who has a deep understanding of the full suite of digital tools at your disposal. window.addEventListener('load', function(){ if(['desktop','lrg-desktop'].indexOf(window.breakpoint) > -1){titan.requestConditionalAd.push('adspot-1x1-pos-5');}}); window.addEventListener('load', function(){ if(['mobile','tablet'].indexOf(window.breakpoint) > -1){titan.requestConditionalAd.push('adspot-1x1_300x250-pos-2');}}); Here are the key things to consider before handing over your keys to an agent. Photo: Supplied 1Avoid ‘free’ agent recommendation sites There has been a spike in the number of websites claiming they can remove the guesswork and find an agent for you for freeToo good to be true? AbsolutelyAlmost all of these sites require the agent to give up some of their commission to secure the vendor’s business. The best operators get by without paying for business and don’t use these sites so there is a real risk you could be paired with a sub-par agentThis could result in you not achieving the maximum sale price for your home. The only person who should be choosing an agent for you is youWant a second opinion? A recommendation from a trusted friend is worth its weight in gold.  2Does the agent know your target audience? When you sit down with a prospective agent it pays to quiz them on how they intend to position your property – who do they define as your target market? A good agent should provide clear guidance on your property’s appeal, and tailor your marketing strategy to this target market.  With a clear understanding of your future buyer, your agent will also be better placed to provide advice on things like minor renovations, staging and styling. 3Is the agent utilising market data? Agents have access to a wealth of property data to help them make informed decisions when selling a homeA strong grasp of local market data is essential to setting your price guide, sale type and what it will take to set your property apart from the rest. 4Does your agent have local area knowledge? Find an agent who specialises in your suburbLocal knowledge of schools, demographics, public transport options and local attractions are invaluable when dealing with prospective buyers. According to research from market researchers GFK, 58 per cent of Australian home buyers look to buy within 5 kilometres of their current address, while 91 per cent look to move within 40 kilometres of their current addressThat’s why it is critical that your agent has an in-depth understanding of your neighbourhood because it’s likely your future buyer will. Your agent should also know about what’s coming up in your suburbThings like new developments, new shopping centres or even incoming infrastructure, like light-rail, can make all the difference to buyers. 5What will the multi-channel marketing campaign look like? Some agents don’t have their potential clients’ best interest at heart when they suggest a minimal advertising budget.  An effective advertising campaign can add tens of thousands of dollars to your sale price and help you reach a sale faster. High-performing agents understand this, and will position advertising as an investment rather than a cost. Ask your agent which marketing avenues they intend to includeAdvertising your property across multiple channels – including digital, print and social – dramatically increases your ability to connect with your target audience, some of whom might not even be actively looking. 6What digital-listing types are on offer? When it comes to digital advertising, not all property listings are created equalThe number of views and buyer inquiries generated by your ad will depend on your ad size, search results ranking, and advertising duration.  Ensure your agent clarifies which digital listing type will be included in their marketing campaignAgents who suggest high-exposure listings will likely be committed to delivering substantially more competition for your property.  Buyer are increasingly using social media to find their next homePhoto: Michele Mossop 7How do I get my property on social media? According to research from Facebook, the second-most discovered product/service on the platform in Australia is real estateGiven there are 11 million Australians on Facebook every day, it is more important than ever to make sure your property is appearing in the feed of your buyers. Agents will often offer to feature your home on their social pages, but it is important to ask your agent how they intend to put your property in front of the broad spectrum of buyers who aren’t in their group of followers. The best agents will understand paid social, and how it can help you connect with a highly targeted buying audienceThere are also products available that can removed the guesswork from social and put your property in front qualified buyers. 8Ask about the agent’s database Behind every good agent is a good databaseInquire as to how your agent intends to promote your property to their existing database of buyers.  But while an agent’s database is important, it cannot be solely relied onThe key driver of higher house prices is competition between buyers and the best way to foster competition is to give your property the most exposure you can. It is also important to remember that most interstate and overseas buyers will not be on your agent’s database. 9Professional photography and video Professional photography is a must when advertising your property, while professional video will give you an edgeAsk your agent which video options they include as part of their marketing package – and ask for examples of prior work. Good videos will showcase your property’s best selling features and potential using high-quality footage and overlaysDrone footage of your property can also add the wow factor and differentiate your home from similar listings in your area. 10Commission Even in a softer market the best agents can still secure business without slashing the size of their commission. It can be tempting to go with the agent with the cheapest fees but remember, when it comes to selling your home, you get what you pay for.  Jude Leferink is National Agent Marketing Manager at Domain. Need to sell your home? 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