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dan.galpern, Home Buyer in Eugene, OR

How do I find out which agents in Eugene sold the most homes in the last year (or so).?

Asked by dan.galpern, Eugene, OR Fri Nov 30, 2012

I am trying to select the best realtor to sell our home.

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There are a lot of good real estate agents selling homes. The popular idea is that the agent that sells the most houses would be the best agent to sell yours. You need to find an agent who is easy to contact. Do they answer the phone when you call them or do you have to wait 4 or more hours to hear back from them. Do they have assistants that you actually work with. Wouldn't it be better to work with an agent than an assistant?
Most buyers want to see all the houses that fit their criteria. They eliminate houses that don't have enough square footage, large enough dining areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Photos help sell homes, but information to keep them interested is price and data. A real estate agent needs to make sure all categories are filled out on the listing if possible. Sometimes they aren't allowed access to measure the house (a tenant occupied house where the tenants are left as much privacy as possible.) Location is another important feature. A location close enough to schools for the children to walk, good access to shopping and freeways is a plus. Most people want quiet and private. If there is a way to add privacy that helps. Some times the market changes seasonally. There are typically more buyers looking when the weather warms up so they don't have to move in rain or snow. Some buyers have to sell their homes before they can buy, that translates to a 2 month lag waiting for someone who has an offer on their property before they can seriously start looking and making offers. Get your house ready to sell before you put it on the market. Some people have a hard time visualizing a house they way they would like it if it needs a few things.
When I think of your question, I often wonder if the house is ready to sell. Is there something that would make the sale time take longer?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 8, 2013
Call a local broker they may be able to tell you. Most homes sold doesn't always mean best service or highest possible price for your home. Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 8, 2013
Hello Dan,

While selling the most homes may be an interesting statistic, it is not the most important criterion to use to select a Realtor to represent and sell your home. Here would be a more valuable statistic: how quickly were the homes sold in contract that led to the sale of the home. And even that one is not the most important. How well does the Realtor represent your home on the Internet?

By my estimate updated from data from the National Association of Realtors, at least 90% of homes that are sold are first seen on the Internet. So now the question is: who does the best job taking pictures that both faithfully and realistically represent the home? Many agents use their cell phones or a point and shoot camera to provide those incredibly important images of your home. Then they simply upload them to the MLS and forget them. Maybe the weather was not conducive to an attractive picture of the exterior of your home when the Realtor was there. Will they return at a time when your home will be looking its best? I have seen homes listed for two years with no sale be in contract in two weeks when beautifully photographed with professional equipment and the images properly adjusted in Photoshop.

In addition, you need a website built that uses these excellent photos to their best effect. That means providing captions for the photos that set the mood or mindset for the potential buyer. These words must be carefully selected to appeal the specific target audience who might be interested in your home.

Selling the most as others have noted may not be the most important criterion to use. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Dohn Riley with Hybrid Real Estate. My email is homes@dohnriley.com and my phone is 541-726-7220.

I wish you the best in the sale of your home. Our market is needing homes for buyers to select from. It may be a good time for you as a seller. Take care, Dohn
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You may ask a realtor to pull you a list of the top 20 agents. Again-as was already mentioned, many of the most sold homes will be agents that deal with foreclosed or bank owned properties, but they normally dont handle every day sellers homes.
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Right now many of the "top" agents that sell the most homes are the REO agents. They don't represent regular home sellers or the bulk of their business is bank business.

That information is supposed to be closed to the public and Barb, down below, risks her MLS membership by sharing it with you. There isn't a way for the public to look it up.
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Our sales/volume stats are not publicly displayed in Eugene. Either ask the agent you're working with about their sales volume. Or call and speak with the Principle Broker at any real estate office in town and ask them to share what they know about the MLS stats.

The most sales volume in Eugene is handled by the three largest brokerages.
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The most accurate way to find the answer to this question is to ask an agent to search the MLS for closed listings by agent in the last year. You'll have to trust the agent not to give you their own name, but to avoid that you could have them refer you to the agent with the most sales. Referrals cost you, the seller, nothing, because they are paid out of the listing %. At least that is how I would do it in Arizona. Go Ducks
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