Choosing a listing agent
I've got about 500 to choose from. Friends have been no help with referrals, as none have had any they're thrilled with. So I'm on my own to sort through, narrow down, and then select a few to interview in more depth. I've sold houses twice and not been thrilled with either agent, so I want to take my time to select better.
What measurable criteria can I use to slim down the options for the first cut? If I call the local offices, what stats do I ask for that will be meaningful in ascertaining who's more likely to sell my home well (fast and for high dollar)?
Part of me says look for the one with the lowest commission, as I'm mostly looking to get in the MLS. I'm confident in our pricing, staging, and ability to negotiate and get the paperwork done, so don't need a lot of hand-holding. But I'd love to be "sold" on someone that can actually make it happen better/faster, just don't know what those types do, if anything, to achieve those results. The marketing material I've gotten from realtors so far is all generic and unimpressive ("we'll put you on our cable access TV show! we'll put you in the supermarket freebie catalogs! we've got the best web site in the area!"), so I don't know that they can.
Anyway, I'm planning to start with some filter questions, and then go from there. All suggestions welcome.