How do you find a good Seller's RE Agent?
I know what makes a good buyer's agent, and I've had a couple good ones. But I haven't had good luck with either of the two homes I've sold in the past 15 years, as judged by how long they took to sell.
My questions are:
1. What does a "good" agent do for a seller that a mediocre one doesn't? The MLS is the biggest marketing tool, and they all list them there. It doesn't seem to me that they can do much to drive traffic through or make people love the house or make offers. When I've bought houses, it wasn't because any agent talked me into it.
2. How do I tell, when talking to agents, whether they'll meet the criteria in #1? They all have fancy books showing big marketing plans. But how do you glean the wheat from the chaff?
I guess my underlying feeling/worry/question is whether seller's agents really add value enough to merit their commission.