Particularly under the current market conditions, there’s nothing more important than finding the right real estate professional in your area. It has been proven that Brokers will get sellers more money than if you sell on your own. But more importantly, real estate marketing and the process and transaction is quite stressful– it is on the stress charts as one of the most stressful life events– the right professional can make the process smooth and stress-free.
When you look for the right professional, keep in mind it is not necessarily the one who gives you the highest market price– that agent may be telling you what you want to hear just to get the listing– a smart & seasoned professional will not only give you the comps– comparable properties on the market today– but they will also give you the sold comparables (within less than 12 months).
one last suggestion… when you interview these potential agents, know that you will be spending quite a bit of time with this individual– it should be someone you like and feel comfortable with. Bottom line– you want a knowledgeable, experienced, successful, smart agent who is a pleasure to work with. then leave the rest to her/him.