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.
With that said, different realtors have different styles. Some have large inventories and some have less listings. Really, it all depends on who you want.
My Top Pick is Susan Heller if you are selling residential $400,000 to $1.5MM.
She is a Mike Ferry trained agent and comes from a background of, yep real estate, In Philadelphia. She is charismatic and assertive. She knows her advertising. Once you meet her you will instantly know why she has ranks in the top 2% of realtors locally and the top 1% of realtors in the country.
She is tough and the embodiment of integrity. She will push you for your own good, is honest and expects the same.
Do NOT use her if your just "testing" the market. If you are not motivated to sell, it will quickly become evident and since she is use to selling her listings you won't like how she handles business... Only for the most serious.
If you are selling $1.5 and over, Fahada Saad for all the same reasons and she has a HUGE network of upper scale clients and friends.
The fact of the matter is every client is different. So, what makes a "top" agent to one client may not so to another client.
At the end of the day, it is all about going beyond client expectations, treating people like people and not a paycheck and really having a strong passion for helping people.
Just because an agent has a high production value does not necessarily mean they have the best reputation. We encourage all clients to interview several agents until they find one that feels right to them.
We invite you to find out what makes us different.
Engel & Völkers Naples - Bonita - Estero
Built three luxury homes from the blueprints up
Owned beach front condos on Marco Island
20+ year resident of SWFL
"Bulldog" negotiator always working to get the best deal for her clients
If your looking for a contact in Naples give me a call, and good luck... joe
John W. Vaughn, CRS "Emeritus", e-Pro, GRI, ALC
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.