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When interviewing prospective realtors..

..what do you look for, individually?
What do you expect from a selling agent?

Just curious to get other perspectives from those who've used realtors to sell properties
. Dh thinks I'm being picky, but we just wasted 5mos on a 'seasoned' agent who didn't seem 'hungry' to make a commission. (Her marketing was minimal, she would ONLY text even after requesting calls, consistently screwed up showings/appointments..twice, forgot to notify us at all.SMH.)
The one time she did call was to ask if we'd moved out of the house...but who could fault her, since she hadn't communicated in any fashion for a month!
So, yes...I'm really picky.


Asked by dullscissors at 3:48 PM on Jan. 22, 2013 in Home & Garden

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Answers (9)
  • Look at some of the area houses that have listed and sold quickly and add the names of their realtors to those you want to interview.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:19 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • Ask for referrals. They should have plenty if they have happy customers! And not "buyers" referrerals, "sellers" referrals.
    You can also ask for a current list of listings and days on the market and for recently closed deals and the % difference of listed to closed prices

    Answer by daylily888 at 3:53 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • Go to open houses and talk to the realtors.
    Don't let them know you're looking to sale, just meet them. You know what kind of personalities you Want to work with. Then after you have a few do as suggested above.

    And you have every right to be as picky as you want, after all you're dealing with what $100, 000 of Your money? You don't want to trust just anyone...

    Answer by feralxat at 4:10 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • I want someone who LISTENS, and who sells me on his or her sales plan for my home.

    Answer by SWasson at 4:22 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • We will only sign the shortest agreement. Just in case the realtor is lame. No open houses, they are a waist of time. We want our house on the Internet. We want a realtor open house only, if possible.  


    Answer by louise2 at 6:29 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • Oh hell yeah, it's your right to be picky. After all, these realtors make about $10,000 commission on average per house. So give the commission to someone who earns it. You'd think most realtors would work for it but some of them are pretty biased and evaluate how quick and how much you're worth and then give service accordingly. We had 1 realtor that kept showing us crappy homes and apparently didn't listen to anything we said about what we wanted. So, we ditched her and tried several different realtors. There's no rule that says you can't have more than 1. You may have to sign a commitment saying that if you buy a house that they've shown to you, then the commission goes to them but that's only if they do that. Having more than 1 realtor work for you quickens the process and makes them work harder. A little competition never hurts. We finally went with one realtor that was responsive and understood our priorities and urgency

    Answer by hellokittykat at 7:19 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • Ask to see the average list time of the houses they currently list, they should be able to produce one, a good average is 4 months or less (you have to figure in expensive homes that sit longer) Are you buying a home after you sell this one? Most real estate agents get very happy for that kind of client. I really might go with someone who is new, they seem to try alot harder, someon in the 1 year range.

    Answer by jerseydiva at 8:10 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • IKR! Ok, DH can shut it. :))

    Comment by dullscissors (original poster) at 4:16 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • All good feedback! Thank you, ladies!

    Comment by dullscissors (original poster) at 7:16 PM on Jan. 22, 2013