After taking a hit during the recession, the Las Vegas real estate market seems to be on an upswing. Even so, the best way to ensure you sell your home quickly and at the best price is to work with an experienced agent. The Las Vegas real estate agents below are among those who sold the most homes in the shortest time over the past year.
Mary Baca, Desert Lights Realty
Mary Baca, broker and owner of Desert Lights Realty, has been in Las Vegas real estate for almost 20 years. While she primarily works with banks to sell foreclosed properties, she has sold everything from condos to multimillion-dollar homes for residential clients across the Las Vegas Valley.
Baca’s Advice for Sellers: “The home should be in optimum condition before going on the market and priced competitively against comparables. The worst thing you can do is go on the market overpriced.”
Robert Smith, Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas
Robert Smith started out as a certified public accountant before becoming a real estate agent almost 30 years ago. Now he works with his twin sister, specializing in new homes.
Smith’s Advice for Sellers: “If someone comes in with an iPhone to photograph your house for the listing, ask them to leave. But also, your agent should sit down with you. First, I listen to my seller, and then tailor my advice to their situation. Nobody’s home selling process is the same as someone else’s.”
Iryna Sysenko, Realty ONE Group
A former computer science professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Iryna Sysenko now specializes in selling homes for investors. Her clients are often people who want to flip a home for profit or want to buy a property to rent it out.
Sysenko’s Advice for Sellers: “Put your home online with good pictures, a good description and be sure you have an agent that answers his or her phone. If you do this, and it is priced right, your house will sell.”
Craig Tann, Huntington & Ellis
Craig Tann, broker and owner at Huntington & Ellis, earned his real estate license and started in the business when he was a 19-year-old college student. Tann does not focus on one part of town, though he specializes in luxury homes.
Tann’s Advice for Sellers: “Interview at least three agents. Do your own research on them including their personal sales history. Look at their marketing plan and look for reviews online. Make sure they have reviews on multiple sites. The top question to ask is, ‘Have you sold anything in my specific area and/or price range?’”
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Enzo Varela, Precision Realty
Broker Enzo Varela, who has been working with local buyers and sellers since August 2003, has sold homes all across town, specializing in those that list between $100,000 and $250,000. He says he's familiar with the unique challenges of the Vegas market, such as the transient population.
Varela’s Advice for Sellers: “Make sure you have a realistic time frame for selling your home and advise your agent accordingly so he or she can price accordingly. And, don’t be pressured into considering a bad offer. It will just waste your time.”
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