I love the analogy used with part time and with comaparing to a doctor / attorney.
With the internet allowing sellers to research agents, it makes sense to ask the questions below and ensure that sellers pick the right agent from the beginning.
The 1st point I must make is, do not hire a Realtor who works another job to supplement their income! Would you use a doctor or attorney that needed a part time job? I wouldn't.
I have made this my full time career for 10 years and have consistantly ranked as a Top Producer. 2009 Janet Larsen ranked in the top 50 in the State of NJ Remax Agents. 2003-2009 NJ Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence Award Winner and 2005-2009 Remax 100% Club Award Winner.
I have listened to many homeowners that continually tell me they wish they had called me 1st instead of going though 1-3 other Realtors and wasting 6 months to 3 years trying to sell their homes that I have sold in a period of 1 day to 120 days at the price they expected anyway. Secondly, make a couple of test calls both to the agent's cell phone and the office. Make the office call on the weekend and randomly to the agent. The agent should be able to respond within 4 hours to your call. Many times, I have called small local town Real Estate offices at 4 or 5:00 on a Saturday and not only don't they answer, but I can't get to the agent to schedule a showing on their listing. I will bet many of these homeowners have no idea how many showings get lost due to this.
Next, interview agents! Ask questions regarding internet marketing, blogging, advertising of their listing, signage, pricing, staging, painting. Ask the agent how many homes they have sold in the past 12 months and their career. Ask how many years they've been in business. Ask the Realtor if they have taken any continuing education courses relating to Real Estate! Are they experienced in diverse areas such as short sales, bank foreclosures, VA, FHA, Conventional financing, Estates, encroachments, title policies, deed restrictions, land value, tax accessment verses appraised value.
YOU must feel comfortable with the agent!!!! If you need help with interview questions or a Free market analysis, interview me 1st or last! I assure you, my knowledge, professionalism, negotiating skills, marketing ability will wow you! Please call me for a Free Market Analysis to determine your homes' value and don't just list your home, GET IT SOLD!!!! 856-261-6910 Janet Larsen Janet Larsen, Broker/Associate Remax Connection 856-261-6910 cell email: firstname.lastname@example.org or view homes and website at www.njrealtorjan.com