More than 2, but less than 6. Start by getting some referrals from people you know. If it's their "brother, cousin, sister, uncle or friend, be a bit wary. I recommend recent relevant experience in your area with similar homes. They must be someone you can relate to and trust.
Francesca Patrizio, Broker Sales Associate, ePro,SREs
Interviewing to just find the right Realtor who will take care of the seller? Then the one they like should be hired.
No matter what a Realtor knows or what experience they have, the Seller would and should hire the person they like. The selling process is a long haul; sellers will "hear" better if they like their agent.
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William Raveis Legends Realty Group
A great agent supported by a forward thinking broker is a awesome thing. Selling a home is much like selling anything - there is a process and if you follow it, you'll get it done. But look for proof of success during the interview. Most brokerages teach their agents about the process - but a process means nothing if it is not implemented and aggressively pursued each and every day. In short, the agent you choose must do her job for you to succeed.
Interview - and read client testimonials - and ask for references and speak to them. You want to get beyond the promises to the track record and proven results.
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Green Home Realty
I would say three but keep in mind that equally important is the Broker and their level of service. Make sure that you are comfortable with your selection and that the realtor that you pick is far above the best.