We have just sold a house - what we looked for was someone who I knew would do the absolute best for me - not for the buyers!
We saw 5 real estate agents and I had my heart set on a one agent who happened to be a female and American.
My husband couldn't stand her - thought she was too pushy and arrogant. I thought she was perfect!
The other agents we saw but we discounted were ones that were a bit too easy going, one guy I originally liked and thought he would be good - gave me the creeps as he was stalkerish.
One agent was instantly discounted because he tried to sell him self on price - eg negotiated his commission and advertising costs. ( My house is my biggest investment and I want the strongest sales person to sell my house - not the cheapest if that makes sense!)
-The agent we chose was ruthless
- She did only online advertising, no local newspapers - which horrified everyone except me as i could see her reasons!
- She covered a huge territory and had houses in all different suburbs and not just contained to one area like most agents. - This also horrified everyone!
-She did not enter into any idle chit chat with potential buyers - no need for them to know anything about why the house was up for sale
-She kept the opens to once a week and only for 20 mins so that everyone was eyeballing everyone else!
-Would not bring any offers to us until Monday morning so all offers could be on the table.
-Did not waste our time with offers that she suspected would not be able to be backed financially
- She was pedantic on how the house was photographed, the add worded and how it was to be presented.
It worked and everyone ate humble pie!
The house sold in 3 days, we had 18 people through on the first inspection, we got 3 offers and we took the one that was exactly the price we wanted without any pest or building inspections!
We set a very realistic price and we also knew at what price we would start negotiating at.
we also knew a price that we would instantly take without holding out for a bigger amount - we got our instant sell price and we were happy!
If you are in SE Melbourne pm me and I will give you her details - she rocks!!