Ok, so I've written a ton about Listing Agents That Suck.
And a blog about the Frankly Bill of Rights, Excellence Comes Standard.
Now I have launched a new group and website www.AgentsThatDontSuck.com
Why? I started getting requests from friends and blog readers from across the US that needed to sell their house for top dollar. Being that I knew how to weed out the good and bad agents, I thought I would share my technique for finding a good agent and make a site around it.
These are my guidelines and feel free to give suggestions on things to add, but for the most part if the agent follows even a few of the items in my Bill of Rights, that agent at a minimum won't suck.
I encourage everyone to post an agent that you know that follows my minimum suck test.
You know an agent doesn't suck if they at least these 3 minimum things:
- Stage. Stage. Stage. (This was my 1st step in finding a great agent for my best friend in Chicago, I went to a stager) read It's The Staging Stupid!! The agent must stage EVERY property. Preferably with a professional stager (not just a $200 trip to Target taking advantage of their 60 day return policy)
- MLS's Maximum Photos In Virginia you can have 20 photos posted to the MLS for only $20. Some places max out at 12. While the agent might also use a Virtual Tour (I don't like those, they are slow), they must ALSO add the maximum # of photos.
- Wide Angle photos or Pro photos. One thing is to have a ton of photos, another thing is to not have sucky photos. There is no reason not to buy Kodak's v570 $200 camera that will get you super wide angle photos. Read this on how to buy the v570 and free web class on it and what it does. Those with other super wide angle cameras or agents that hire a professional photographer will be admitted.
Please post in the comments or via email: Agent Name, State, City/Area, Website, Example of one MLS listing (or link) that meets the standards above.
I will screen these agents and remove those that "suck" in my book.
We will start this site with a "Keep it simple" model like Craigslist, but soon it may become much larger and require payment.
Add your AgentThatDontSuck to the list below.
Missy Caulk RE/MAX Platinum Ann Arbor, MI. Example of listing, click here
Our MLS only allows 8 pictures. I use the Kodak V570, put always do a VT with a floor plan for high end homes in my area. My website www.MissyCaulkTEAM.com
Michele Reneau, www.CharlestonRelocationExpert.com
Example of listing: Click here
Frank Borges LL0SA- Virginia Broker/ Owner FranklyRealty.com
Blog.FranklyRealty.com Featured in BusinessWeek, CNBC, WSJ etc.