Additionally, you need an agent that has been actively selling homes in this market and not just holding inventory. I see many agents that hold 50 to 100 listings and my first question is how many are under contract. It lets me know if they know how to price a home. It is very easy to take 50 to 100 listings when you take the listing for what the sellers wants... it is much harder when you actually do your research and know that a home should not be priced where the seller wants. Holding inventory with no closings or very few in comparison to the number of listings could mean the agent has no clue how to price properties in this market. An agent that was a top producer in 2005 and 2006 might not be selling any homes in this market.
Lastly, you need to price it to sell quickly. Buyers compare homes... if you want a quick closing then you need to price it aggressively so that buyers feel the need to react quickly.
Our recommendation is also to list it with an agent that can get you the exposure you require for a quick sale. Additionally, it is critical that you price the property in step with the current market trends, keeping in mind that today's buyers are typically looking for "DEALS."
Price it accordingly..............
Obviously, a Realtor wants your listing. The best place to dump property without an agent... Craigslist. I've not seen or heard of any other sites with more success stories.
Mac is right, every agent is number, one but many "number ones" are out of and leaving the business. The key to selling the house quickly is having it found by both buyers and agents - no longer are agents the main source as the internet has opened up a new front to find buyers. To sell it has to be PRICED right, EXPOSED properly and have good APPEAL. Price is especially critical in this market.
I'm happy to run a thumbnail of the house, get you a realistic value as opposed to one that you might be told to secure a listing. I'm a certified appraiser as well and have been in the field looking at home all over north Atlanta every day since '89 - if even one of the three things above is out of line you will be sitting. Email me the address and I can give you a broad idea on line, a more defined idea after I walk it.
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty
Every agent that responds is going to tell you that the best place to list your home is with them. The best place to list your home is where it will get the most exposure in the shortest amount of time. I can have your home on over 40 nationally recognized web sites in less than a week, Trulia being one of them. If you would like to get together to see the entire marketing plan in writing just let me know. My contact info is available on my profile within Trulia or via my web site listed in the web reference below.