So many factors to consider when choosing your broker, that should include:
*Experience (and I don't mean just the number of years as a realtor, but also the number of successful transactions, different types of sales)
Driving around to find for sale signs is not always the best indication. Good listing agents would have already sold their listings, and as such, the signs would be gone. If a sign is still up for a long time, then there's something wrong.
Probably one of the most important considerations is how well you and your agent communicate. If there are concerns, how do you handle?
Questions to ask
How to choose a listing agent
OR....since you're here on Trulia, go to Find A Pro tab at the top of this page's window....take a look at the agents who serve your area. What do they blog about? How do they answer questions? With whom do you think you may have an affinity based on what you read about them?
Hope this helps.
There are many good brokers and agents who can help a property owner sell their home. You definitely want to go with a local brokerage and agent because each city has different local customs with regard to a sale, such as in Oakland splitting the City Transfer Tax between Buyer and Seller. There are also different legal ordinances in different cities that a Seller will need to be made aware of, an example in Oakland is the private sewer lateral ordinance that took effect in January http://(www.eastbaypsl.com).
You will want someone who has experience and knowledge on disclosures required from the Seller, knows what inspections are expected to be provided from the Seller, and who can recommend tradespeople to help prepare the market for sale. Go with someone who is "hands-on" rather than someone who is so busy that you'll be dealing with assistants.
I'm happy to talk further if you'd like, and good luck!
BH&G Highland Partners
Oakland & Piedmont, CA
Even in a hot market as Oakland is right now, you still need the best you can get because problems often arise, and having a broker with the skill to deal with those in addition to a company that has an awesome marketing program will make the difference.
I am one of the rare managing brokers involved with the transactional side and would love to show you what my team and I could do for you.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group