Let's assume you have decided to list your home for one reason... to SELL it!
Next step: Find a Real Estate Agent.
How do you determine which Real Estate Agent is going to help you accomplish your goal ... to SELL it!
Do you sign a contract with the hottest looking agent in town? Of course you do if you are a single young man who's hormones are running amok and you've lost sight of your goal ... to SELL it!
Do you list with a relative? It's hard to argue with this one even is your brother only sells a house every 2 years because you want to keep peace in the family but again, is your goal ... to SELL it?
Wouldn't the BIG dog be better than the little dog? Well it depends on what measuring stick you are using. With every Minot Realtor being part of the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) every Realtor has access to every home for sale in Minot so actually there is NO advantage to a large firm over a small firm, in fact some of the large firms have a habit of keeping new listings in house for a week or two before putting it on the MLS which gives YOU a disadvantage because they are putting their own desire to make a profit over yours by trying to collect both sides of the commission.
Another note about the BIG agency, you may have 30 or more agents under one roof but that doesn't mean they "play well together". I worked in a bigger firm and all was far from piece and harmony. For some agents, selling the property listed by the agent on the other side of the cubical would be the last thing they would willingly do.
Do you list it with the agent who says they will get you the most money for your house? That's an old, old trick and unfortunately playing on ones GREED often works but it is usually a BIG FAT LIE just to get you to sign a contract with them. If you really want to know what your house is worth pay to have a professional appraisal done. You may not like the results and get all steamed up but they are going to be more accurate than that number you think it's worth.
Is age important, NO. I know many older agents that are far more tech savey than younger agents. Most older agents that are tech savey know more about SEO than younger agents as well when it comes to getting Real Estate listings noticed.
So just what do you look for in an agent if your goal really is ... to SELL it?
Do a little research. Don't be afraid it "interview" more than one agent. It's OK to JUDGE the agent by their responces. A new agent may not have a track record but you can tell if they are genuine with their answers to you. If an agent doesn't interact well to you why would he/she interact well with buyers and other agents? Do their values line up with yours? That may seem like an odd question but if they suggest "tricks" to entice buyers do you really want someone with a bag of tricks?
I conclude with let your concious be your guide. Don't overlook something that doesn't sit quite right with you. Ask questions, understand that no agent knows everything, make an informed choice, and do not choose a Realtor that your spouse is uncomfortable with.