SHORT TERM LISTINGS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

How long should your listing agreement be? Some prospective home sellers feel that they should list their home with a certain agent for a short period of time such as thirty or sixty says. They feel that this kind of agreement will be more effective in motivating the real estate agent than a longs term listing. As logical as this seems on the surface, it may achieve the opposite result. The listing agent may become quickly discouraged with the prospect of finding you a buyer in a short limited time frame. This discouragement arises become it takes a while to get all the marketing tools working on a new listing. Here are some of the things that must be accomplished.

SUBMIT TO THE MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE:
The information about your home must be sent to the other real estate companies belonging to the local multiple service (MLS). Basic details can be broadcasted over the computer system that links member offices to the central MLS computer in a few days after the listing is taken. Also photographs must be taken exterior and interior of your home. If available it take about 3 to 4 days for the virtual tour to be processed.

ARRANGE FOR A TOUR BY LISTING OFFICE AGENTS:
 Most REALTORS have a tradition whereby other agents, who also work in the listings agent's office, inspect each new office properties. This may take two seeks to take place. Your listing agents or another agent from the listings office will need a couple of weeks to arrange an open house.

SCHEDULE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING:
Your home may be advertised in a display ad that also features other homes listed by your real estate firm or it may be inserted as a separate "in column: ad. Depending upon the day the listing is taken and the format of the ad to be used, it may take a while to insert the ad in the newspaper.
ADVICE: List your home with agent who is already obviously self-motivated and give him or her a long enough listing to get the job done properly.

ADVICE: List your home with agent who is already obviously self-motivated and give him or her a long enough listing to get the job done properly.