"My house sold too quickly because my agent convinced me to under-price it so they could make a quick sale."
How long do you think an agent would stay in business if they made it a practice of under-pricing homes? Alienating clients is not a good business model when you consider that successful agents depend on referrals for future business.
The CEO of our former company used to say that "People hire you because they know you, they like you, and they trust you." Two out of three doesn't cut it.
You may not "literally" know your agent personally but you should know your agent's reputation. Trusting and connecting with your agent is critical and like any good marriage or partnership, the last thing you want is a toxic and unproductive us-versus-them environment.
There may occasionally be an agent who plays games by low-balling on the asking price but these are the exception. We find that agents more often engage in heroics for their seller clients and if anything list a property at a higher price, usually at the seller's insistence.
Most good agents will tell you that it's best to go "slightly" lower on the asking price than too high because a lower price is more likely to result in a quicker sale; and the faster a house sells the more a seller is likely to get. Many sellers resist this advice because it requires a leap of faith.
Finally, if you don't know, like or trust your real estate agent, then find somebody else to sell your house.
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