How To Find the Right REALTOR® to Get Your House Sold

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cam Realty and Property Management

How To Find the Right REALTOR® to Get Your House Sold

Finding a list of real estate agents to list your house with is an easy task. All you have to do is a “Google” search and you will get a list of agents in your area.
Another way is to simply ask for referrals. If you don’t know anyone who recently bought or sold a home in your area, then, you can simply go to Social Media for help.
Local Facebook groups are great to ask other homeowners for help. Don't gamble on one of the biggest decisions you're about to make.

I follow few of those local FB groups and engage in conversations whenever I am able to. Some of my past and present clients are also in the same groups.
I was excited to get a phone call from a homeowner looking to list her home for sale after four of my FB friends(past clients) recommended me. This homeowner simply posted a question asking for REALTOR® referrals and probably received over fifty responses. Out of all 50+ recommendations, she selected for agents to interview and I was one of them.

I met with the sellers on Saturday, after touring the home, we sat down to go over the CMA. I was the last agent they were going to interview and were willing to share what the other agents recommended. Based on the CMA I prepared, my suggested list price was $80,000 less than one of the agents.
This home only has two bedrooms, wood framed(not desirable in FL), shares a driveway with two other homes, no kitchen cabinets, no master bath walls. It was purchased as an REO a year ago and very little was done to it.
I made my suggestions which were either price it based on fair market value or fix what needs to be fixed before listing.

They listed with another agent. This agent advised to list a two bedroom home as a three bedroom home(third being the office with no closet/no window) and price it much higher than fair market value.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, remember these three simple things;

-Price it right based on what has sold in your immediate area within the past ninety days, overpriced homes sit on the market for a very long time before becoming an “Expired Listing”
-Make sure your home shows well. Your home should have curb appeal to bring potential buyers inside. If your home needs repairs, make sure they’re completed prior to listing it.
-Make available to show and promote it. Most buyers start their search online, make sure your home is marketed online with good pictures and should be available to show seven days a week including afternoons.

Real Estate agents are not the ones who come up with suggested list price, your local market and buyers do that which is available in local Multiple Listing System and Public Records. Your real estate agent can access this information, so can the consumer.

If you are a Clermont FL, homeowner, thinking about selling your home, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. Call or text me at 407-929-1852, email or visit



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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story of agent selection.  I think that the agent that has won the listing is in perfect harmony with the sellers, and they are a match to each other.  

Your honest appraisal and approach is not what they wanted to hear...I hope they come to their senses and heed your wise advice.  A

Jan 09, 2017 01:04 PM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Beth - That happens way more often than it should, and the result is usually a sad one. Agents that do that simply aren't serving the interests of their future clients.

Jan 09, 2017 02:23 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Beth sooner rather than later these sellers will end up calling you, the agent that told them the market facts. We all know overpriced listings that need repairs and/or are not in great condition will not get the traffic a well priced, well prepared home will receive. Some home sellers are living in a dream world - make that fantasy world.

Jan 09, 2017 03:26 PM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Buying a listing with an exaggerated price is not best for sellers.  They will be back a second time

Jan 09, 2017 04:07 PM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Beth good example of an Agent buying a listing.  Got a feeling you will get another call from these Sellers in the future.

Jan 09, 2017 04:20 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Beth,  Of course they did …. Pop Starr and Caviar Dreams!! And that over-priced listing that needs work and is less desirable will sit … and sit … and sit. The price will have to be reduced in order to sell it.  I’d be willing to place a gentlewoman’s bet that it will ultimately sell for your recommended list price … or less. 

Jan 09, 2017 05:12 PM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have a feeling this will be one where the sellers will learn the hard way that you were right.  In situations like that, when I know my projection of value is the lowest, I always remind the sellers that I am paid a percentage of the sales price and also want it to sell as high as possible.  Sometimes it helps them to see you have no motivation to lie.

Jan 09, 2017 05:30 PM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

When a seller doesn't see the facts and drinks the Koolaid then I just count my blessings that I didn't waste anymore time with an unrealistic party. On to the next. 

Jan 09, 2017 06:41 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Beth - better to lose that listing then ruin your credibility.  You will be proven right on this one.

Jan 09, 2017 09:03 PM #10
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Beth -- wish them well and leave the door open for future business.  It's likely you'll be receiving a return call sooner than later.  

Jan 09, 2017 09:46 PM #11
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Unfortunately, the sellers will learn the hard way and don't be surprised when you get a call back to represent them.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 09, 2017 09:47 PM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

We cannot control other people's decisions. May it comfort you to know, I was in a similar situation. Last one in out of several agents being interviewed. I didn't get the listing. But the owner was nice enough to call to tell me, why he chose the person before me. He said, you looked really nice and had a nice presentation, but I wasn't even paying attention to anything you were saying. The guy before you came, who left seconds before you arrived, already had me sold and that's the only reason why I went with him. 

I share that with you because it helped me to realize, his decision was made before I even walked in the door. He was like the guy in the park who you're trying to have a meaningful conversation with and he looks up and say, look, there's a squirrel. That's all that happened. Stay confident. Be honest about pricing. Stay positive about your abilities. 

P.S. I don't like to use FB for business. 

Jan 10, 2017 05:56 AM #13
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I know how to find the right Realtor in Clermont, FL...stop wasting time and call Beth. I would not refer my clients to anyone else.

Jan 10, 2017 07:50 AM #14
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I'll tell you, Beth, some people put more thought and analysis into selecting a handbag or pair of shoes than they do in selecting their Realtor!

Jan 10, 2017 09:01 AM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Pretty silly.  I bet it does not sell at the inflated price and they will have missed out on all of the serious buyers.

Jan 10, 2017 09:54 AM #16
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Beth, this is just plain bad on the agents part and not smart on the sellers. All agents sure aren't created equal though and I have a feeling you may get another call from these sellers down the road - hopefully it's a realistic one. You were honest with them and eventually they're going to see that the agent they listed with wasn't. Listed a 2 bedroom as a 3 bedroom is just plain silly. Talk about wasting buyers time (on top of over pricing) when they show up and realize it's only 2.

Jan 10, 2017 11:26 AM #17
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Beth, I know that if people are smart they would always call the best of the best YOU!

Jan 10, 2017 02:41 PM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There have been several times this has happened to me. I watched the listings and they sold at the price I told the seller.

Jan 12, 2017 03:21 PM #19
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Beth Atalay -- Several have commented that you should wait for these Sellers to come back to you. Even if they did, I would not want to do business with these Sellers. Their decision process was flawed and will continue to be that way. There are plenty of opportunities to get listings from smarter Sellers.

Feb 08, 2017 10:27 AM #20
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