How to pick the right Realtor
We are putting our home up on the market in mid-April. I already interviewed three Realtors. One was from a major company, another a Re-Max agent and another an owner of her own smaller company (I know this person). All three were asked if they would agree to a 48 hr kick out clause (in writing) in case I want out of the contract, but it would only be used after 3 months on the market. I don't want to be sitting around waiting for someone to do what I asked them and have to waste time if they don't.
I am most interested in moving out ASAP. So this is my take on the interviews. All three said our home was difficult to get a good comp on. We have very few homes in our area like it. They came in with prices 100,000 apart based on our square footage. Some knew what we had and one didn't (thus the discrepancy in price) Let's just say that we have many features in it that other homes in our area in our size do not have plus our home is in mint condition for its age. We plan on placing our home on the market in the mid-range of their suggestions. I have no intention of marking my house down every month if we have no buyers.
Agent #1 from large agency offered to pay to get us a free appraisal so we could get a good handle on what our home actually would cost. She offered traditional services after that. I called their office and she was the next in line if that is what you call it. She seems nice and friendly but I am not sure a free appraisal will be any different from what she as a Realtor already found out.
Agent #2 ReMax agent. Male who never looked at me during the interview but spent most of his time looking and talking to my hubby. He seemed to have the best plan to market our home. (changes the listing every two weeks and sends notices to all the local Realtors) He has been in the field for over 20 years. He gave us his promise that if we were not satisfied with him in a month we could drop his contract.
Agent #3 I know this person, but she is not a friend. However, I have done a lot of work for her in the past and she owes me. I assume she will do her best to market my home. She is a real estate lawyer by trade but owns her own Realty company. I told her I would not want to use anyone from her company but her if I decided to use her. She would not agree to the kick out clause. She claimed she would understand that noone would want to work with a person if they felt they might be kicked out in a few months after doing work for them. She seemed to offer the same marketing as the large realty company but nothing more.
So who would you choose?