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How Can I determine what realtor has sold the most homes in my area?

  • July 05 2011 - Columbus
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One way to find out how many homes have been sold by an agent is to go to their website and look at the "Sold" page to see where the homes that the agent sold were.  A much more important question though is how does the agent do in the opinion of the clients served, regardless of the area.  It is important that the agent know the area, but there are many more important aspects to the agent's handling of the transaction and process of working with a buyer or seller.  As a seller, you may be looking for an agent that works in a particular area but sometimes one agent having too many listings in the same area can be seen as a conflict for the seller.  As a buyer, there are many ways to do your own due diligence about the area schools, public safety, local parks, crime statistics, etc. and you should.  You may uncover something about the community that the agent did not know or mention. 
  • July 06 2011
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While doing what's outlined in the blog attached to the link below requires a lot more effort on your part, I think finding just the right Realtor® would be worth it. Particularly since he/she will be handling what's probably up to now your biggest investment. Good luck.

Choosing a listing agent
  • July 06 2011
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You'll have to be blind, deaf and dumb (or as the insurance commercial goes 'live under a rock') to not find out who Your top local producer is.

They'll have ads all over the R/E section of Your newspaper, radio, TV and local real estate for sale magazines. They'll be NOTING that they're the "Top Local Producer".

Not that this is a bad thing, it's well invested income, to generate more income, on their part. The bad thing is that You don't know what their specialty 'is', and Your parcel/property may be outside their norms.

Of late, some 'top producers' are folks working with banks selling REO's (Real Estate Owned) for significantly below market value to investors, who're often buying 5 & 10 at a time, for rentals, etc. Volume is calculated in 2 different forms. Total sales and total volume.

Ask for references and follow up on those references. Make sure they 'do' what You have to sell. The 'top producers' wouldn't waste Your time on a listing that doesn't fit their 'specialty' anyway...they're too busy doing what they do.

If You're still concerned, You can usually contact the local MLS and they'll freely give You the information over the phone.

Finally, if You're STILL concerned, consider a NON-Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Contract where You can solicit multiple agents to market the property. Just know that if You select this option, most will not dedicate full resources to advertising and marketing Your property, because Most Agents like to think of themselves as the 'best' in the business locally. If they don't HAVE your Listing, 'exclusively'...it's low on their 'totem pole' of priorities and they feel that You don't trust them.

Make sure You can tolerate the personality; about all agents who can still maintain a license these days and afford to advertise along with keeping a personal assistant (or 2) are going to get You good (& fast) results while accurately pricing Your property in the current market. IF You insist on pricing above the market, expect to be a 'listing' and not a 'sale' for quite some time, while being approached multiple times for price reduction considerations. It's a BUYER'S Market, pretty much nationwide at this point.
-HTH

  • July 06 2011
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