Good way to find a realtor?
I need to look for a realtor to sell my house very soon. I will not be purchasing another house. I know I can simply invite a few to the house and interview them. The only problem with this method - they are all salespeople who want my listing, and some may tell me what they think I want to hear just to get the listing. I am fairly good at reading people, but I have also been fooled in the past. I want this sale to go off without a hitch, and I want the best qualified, most honest realtor I can find - the FIRST time.
I was thinking I would act as if I have no house to sell, I am a buyer, and I would get them to show me a house similar to mine. This would accomplish a few things. First, it would give me a more accurate representation of exactly what sort of salesperson they are, how professional they are, how knowledgeable, etc. If I felt good about them, THEN I would spill the beans and tell them I want to list my house. If I didn't think they were for me, I would then thank them for their time and be done with it.
I realize that just because they are the listing agent, that doesn't mean they will be the one showing the house to whoever buys. So maybe the whole thing is pointless. I did run into a situation in the past where we went to see a house with our agent, and it was required by the sellers of that house that their listing agent also be there. Kind of strange, their agent showed the house and did most of the talking while our agent followed us around and kept quiet. What are your thoughts on that? As buyers, I remember we felt slightly offended that we couldnt be alone with our agent, I felt as if the owners of the house did not trust us in their house.
The second thing this accomplishes is by seeing other houses similar to mine, it would give me a better idea of what I am competing against, and that could be very helpful in determining price and determining if I need to do more to fix my place up. The third thing it does (and this is probably pure paranoia), is that if I interviewed 3 to 5 realtors, well obviously I am only hiring one. So that could potentially leave the others that I didn't hire to have feelings of resentment against me, and maybe they would not show my house to their clients later.
So..........I know the whole basic idea of this seems very dishonest. How hypocritical of me to expect to get an honest realtor when I initiate the whole thing in a dishonest way? I don't exactly feel good about this either, thats why I am asking here, BEFORE I make the mistake of doing this for real. I just figured if I was honest about what I was doing from the start, I would not be seeing their true abilities, and they would only be on their best behavior just to impress me enough to get the listing.
I am sure other people have done this, maybe it happens a lot. I just wanted to know what realtors truly think about this. Would you be offended, or would you understand why they did this and be ok with it?