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Reputable Real Estate Agent

How do we truly find a good real estate agent?  They all promise you the world and then only want to put a sign in the yard and put your house on realtor.com and maybe Craig's List.  We are looking for an agent that is "hungry" and willing to do "extra" work to sell a great house.  Any suggestions on finding an agent or questions to ask would be helpful.
  • September 10 2011 - Huntley
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This person will be your employee. Interview a number of agents rigorously (we tend to interview 5 to 7 by phone, then three in person).   Ask them to put together a CMA for your house and a detailed marketing plan for the in person interview in your home.   (Our in-person interviews tend to take about 2 h unless we kick them out early)

How do you narrow it down?  Ask for experience (not just years, but actual sold houses in your area), average days on the market for their houses vs  the community averages, what support personnel do they have in their group, what happens if they are out of town, how do you communicate, have them review their contract and explain it in detail.   Review their marketing of other houses in your area - how do the photos look?  The descriptions?    Look at their behavior on Zillow - do their participate in advice?  Do they answer questions or do they just spout off whatever?

When you finally sign a contract and have their marketing plan in hand, monitor them.  Look at their photos, their words, the facts, where it appears on the internet and other forms of advertising.   Make sure if you don't hear from them at an agree upon frequency that you call them

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Wetdawgs has some good suggestions, but how do you pick the REAs to start with?

Since one of the things you are going to be looking for is "marketing", checck out the "for sales" in your area. How well are they being marketed? Do they have good pictures? Are they on multiple sites? Do they appear to be appropriately priced?

When you have identified houses you feel are being well marketed, who are the listing REAs?

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A competitive price is the best way to sell a home.
  • September 12 2011
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Wetdawgs and SoCal have the best answers here.  You need to have communication with your agent and be vocal of your expectations of that agent. 

The real estate agents job is to market the home and expose it to as many buyers as possible, handle the negotiations once an offer comes in, and walk you through the rest of the process.  They should be knowledgeable of the current market, all aspects of the transaction and be available.

One thing I would point out is just because an agent has a lot of listings, doesn't exactly mean they are the best agent for you or your needs.  Some prefer and need more one on one, some don't mind being just another listing in a pool of many. 

I know good agents that haven't had that many listings, but know what they are doing, and I know agents that have many listings and don't have a clue.  Sometimes it's just perception. Actual experience and knowledge should be your guide.
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I heartily agree with the above posters. Some agents work on quantity rather than quality. It shouldn't matter how many transactions an agent has open - even if they have no active listings, maybe that means they sold them all!

A better way to judge is to look at that agent's previous listings. How descriptive were the remarks? How many photos were there? How many web sites were the listings posted to, and if using sites like craigslist, how often were the ads posted? Beware, though, in some cases the agent isn't the name that actually appears on the listing. They may be part of a team. Ask a few different agents for samples of their listings, and ask them what type of marketing they will use in the current market to get the home sold. You can find agents on their own web sites. If they market worth anything, they will have one. Don't fall for gimmicks or slick sales tactics. They should save the negotiation tactics for the buyer, not their clients.

Also, you need an agent that you have a good rapport with. Some agents are better suited to some sellers than others. For example, a tech-savvy agent might prefer to communicate with texts and emails, and some might prefer face-to-face or telephone communication. Some agents like lots of paper, others rely on having everything at their fingertips on their smart phone instead. Some sellers want immediate responses, some agents are slow to respond.
  • September 12 2011
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