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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

They should be providing marketing plan with timelines, and reporting back to you when the action steps have been completed.

Sep 15, 2017 08:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

The answer could fill a book.  In my market - it seems that sellers are not asking enough questions to ensure they hire the right/best agent for the job.Sometimes it just boils down to how low the agent will go on a "discount" and sellers do get what they pay for when their primary focus is on how little can I pay you to sell my home.

Sep 15, 2017 07:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Local market knowledge, trust based on verification and a record of achieving results are important considerations when listing a home for sale.

Let the agent show you how they market and ask lots of questions.   Listen carefully how they respond.   Good luck.  

Sep 15, 2017 06:24 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Professionalism, enthusiasm and an ethical outlook

IMO it doesn't matter whether they are a new agent or not - new agents are hungry and eager to make a name for themselves

Another trait is willingness to communicate!

Sep 15, 2017 07:29 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

They want to sell - they will run and advertise.

Sep 16, 2018 11:26 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Loyalty and ability to sell.

Sep 03, 2018 08:41 PM
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Someone who would look after the client's best interest.  That also means someone who will communicate with clients on a regular basis, knowledgeable,  give advice,  market the property through many different ways and not only post the listing in the mls,  prompt in their response, etc.  I think I can write a very long list here.

Sep 15, 2017 08:12 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

A history of proven professionalism.  The same thing we look for when we choose a doctor, attorney or other professional we hire for their services.

If our marketing is known and the quality of what we do is key....instead of marketing only stating we're #1 there is usually no question.


Sep 15, 2017 07:02 AM
Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Who advertises the most in the market, who is honest and deserving of trust, who closes the most listings in less than 60 days not the lowest list price, who does seller feel comfortable being married to for a couple months, who has knowledge to get house cleaneed, decluttered and has Fabulous photos of other houses, who has deep knowledge of contracts, construction, loan process and negotiates for the seller. I didn't mention cheapest

Sep 15, 2017 10:54 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

A good listing agent stays in touch, continuously monitors the market, adjusts marketing approaches and discusses postioning the property to sell. The seller also needs to be open minded and responsive to recommendations.

Sep 15, 2017 10:25 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Melissa Cochran You have received many excellent suggestions.  Good luck.

Sep 15, 2017 10:17 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Does your agent provide a listing presentation which shows what they will do to market your home? And then do they follow through? 

Sep 15, 2017 09:16 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

give them "the boot" if they lose interest.... you should not need to keep them interested....OMG.... they had better tow the mark for the client... 

Sep 15, 2017 09:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I want the most liked of the very successful agents in the community. If I had to keep them interested, I make the wrong selection. 

Sep 15, 2017 08:49 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

You should be compiling a list here for yourself.

Sep 15, 2017 08:12 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I think Richard Weeks has the best answer.

Sep 15, 2017 08:05 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I love Kathleen Daniels's answer and would add to that, in response to how do you keep them engaged after they have your listing...if they're not responsive or doing what they say they're going to do, FIRE THEM! To me, it's that simple!

Sep 15, 2017 07:54 AM
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

 Listen to what they pitch, then ask for proof. If they quote numbers, show me! Ask for proof of the numbers relating to their sales prices. Don't ever go with someone who gives you the highest, you'll point fingers very quick and relationships go down hill real fast. Ask what marketing they do and why it helps. Ask for proof of everything they say. Ask for a 30 day out!

Sep 15, 2017 07:50 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Melissa Cochran An agent who has a good marketing plan. With a good marketing plan you won't have to keep them interested. They will be doing their job. Welcome to ActiveRain!

Sep 15, 2017 07:47 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Full time agent who specializes in listings; an agent who can demonstrate their average days on market for their listings versus the overall market average; level of experience in listing property; comprehensive, written marketing plan they share before you list.

Sep 15, 2017 07:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Pretty much the same things you look for when looking for a lender, except you know the real estate agent is aware of what a closing date is.

Sep 15, 2017 06:30 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

However they are discussing or answering your questions is a preview of how they will interact with others as they represent your interests. Challenge or test their stance to see if it holds. Watch & listen. On marketing, discuss it all upfront & leave open for more discussion if necessary...

Sep 15, 2017 06:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

A realistic enthused individual with market knowledge and a plan of action!

Sep 15, 2017 06:11 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Insist upon a Written Marketing Plan (to make them accountable and measurable ) !!!

Sep 15, 2017 06:00 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Click on the "Contests" button at the bottom of the page in the "Explore ActiveRain" column - you will find our September Challenge "Your Value Proposition"!

Sep 15, 2017 05:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Real estate knowledge of the local market and communication.

Sep 18, 2017 07:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have a guarantee of service and will let someone out of the contract if I do not what I say.

Sep 17, 2017 06:30 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Timely communication is perhaps tops on all sellers' minds.

Sep 16, 2017 07:22 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Kathleen has a good answer.

Sep 16, 2017 04:46 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Melissa Cochran - now this answer could be a huge blog post split into 5 parts or

Sep 15, 2017 10:53 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Continuous contact keeps everyone on there toes

Sep 15, 2017 09:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Having your listing does them no good if it does not sell, they will be continually marketing to the best of their ability.

Sep 15, 2017 09:22 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Experience.  Knowledge. Attitude.  Communication.  Proven examples of MLS listings, website postings, online advertisements.


Sep 15, 2017 06:16 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I don't think you would 'keep them interested in continual marketing', because that would mean they are not doing their job Melissa Cochran- it's not something that you would do, it's what they will do.  There are numerous ways to Market, and what that realtor offers is what they will do.  You would look for a person that would come to you on a Recommendation if that is possible, because that is huge.  No one will recommend someone that they did not have a stellar experience with (or I would hope not).  You would look for someone who is professional yet personable, someone can be a new realtor or an experienced one, though they should have energy and be interested in you and your home.  They should also be someone who will 'listen', and not just 'talk themselves up', because they don't 'hear you', if they are doing all of the talking.  Interviewing realtors is similar to interviewing doctors or another professional - some are a 'better fit' than others.  Hope this helps!   

Sep 15, 2017 11:38 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

a proven marketing plan, EXPERIENCE, an agreed to schedule to inform you of progress of action items completed in their marketing plan, testimonials that focus on experience and how negotiations were handled and how problems were solved and not how "nice" of a person they are.

Sep 15, 2017 09:26 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Someone who has an genuine interest in helping you. Needs to tell you the services and able to follow up quickly. Tell him if he does not deliver his services you can cancel the contract.

Sep 15, 2017 07:55 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Look at their track record and have the right to cancel in case you aren't satisfied.

Sep 15, 2017 07:10 AM