Does the agent's company matter?
Another question for you agents and other experts out there. When picking a listing agent, does it really matter who they work for? We're weeding through presentations, and of course everyone's telling us that one of the reasons we should pick them is because they work for the best company. Of course they all measure it differently. :-) But in particular, does size (of the company) matter?
I have to admit I'm skeptical. Isn't the MLS "the great equalizer?" Does the fact that one company has about half the listings (in one agent's words, they "control half the market") make it more likely that my home will sell if listed with an agent that works for them? None of the answers that they've given me in response to my question have been satisfactory. One said they show their company's listings first, which red-flagged her to me, as she's not working in her customer's best interest.
The only thing that seems "real" is that the larger company would have more agents come through on agent tour day than a smaller company. So awareness would be broader. Anything else?