Since bigger isn't always better, I would also propose you interview agents on a basis of: productivity, marketing plan for your home, internet presence, marketing budget, knowledge of your area & product, and how hungary they are for success.(as subjective as reputation)
Piggy-backed to this is the importance of having the home price right to begin with-a word of caution....the highest priced quote isn't necessarily the best selling price.
The "Eckler team"
Look at it in these terms: There's one realtor for every four residents on average in Collier County. But put 25 of those realtors in a room and you'll only find one who is truly knowledgeable, smart and congenial.
Cruel? Perhaps, the truth isn't always comfortable. But, my point is proven by the answers provided prior to mine. The question posed was "Can anyone name the top 10 real estate agents in naples, FL, based on production and reputation?" Tony Marks and Jim Duncan were the only two who actually answered Dave's question. The rest were essentially sales pitches. Virtually no one took the time to answer the question that was asked! That right there is symptomatic with the problems in the real estate industry: Lots of talking and no listening. Dave didn't ask for a referral to a realtor, he asked for a list of the top producers and reputations. (The two answers from home buyers can obviously be removed from consideration within this diatribe as, unless they have some connection with Nancy Jaynes, they wouldn't stand to benefit from touting her services.)
I suspect that this answer will go largely unnoticed as the initial question was posed three years ago and, as the local realtors have proven time and time again, it might be read by an industry pro, but will be just as quickly forgotten. But, if you, a realtor, DO happen to read this, do me a favor. Stop thinking so much about your commission percentage and remember, for one quick second, the client who is making that commission a reality for you and LISTEN. Then answer. Don't b.s. the client though. If you know the answer, great. If you don't, tell them that you'll work on it. But don't layer on scoop after scoop of crap to simply placate your client. They're smarter than that and frankly they deserve more than that.
John W. Vaughn, CRS "Emeritus", e-Pro, GRI, ALC
Dennis Leffert, J.D.
Lic Real Estate Broker
As you know the question you asked is very subjective. Most of your top producing agents are teams and although you may refer to them you may get a team member instead of the top producing agent you want.
Reputations are drawn by relationships with those realtors, as professionals we may like and respect the professionalism of a particular realtor, but their customers may have a diffierent view of the same agent.
I prefer to interview individual agents to first see what type of service the will provide and to see if the agent is qualified and compatable with my clients
I hope this answers your question
Brian and Diana Caron
In my local area, which is the Tampa Bay region, we have a sales compilation that can be bought known as the "Fred Kenst Report". This report tells me exactly what each realtor has done for each quarter. It even breaks it down by offices, or by listings, sales, etc. I have only purchased the reports for Pinellas County, but I believe it can be purchased for other counties in the state of Florida.