I may not be the right agent for you but I do have a very strong opinion about this question.
First to answer your question :Are some agents better for buying and some for selling? I would say yes without hesitation! I would say this because there are some agents that do a decent job in working with buyers but are very weak when it comes to listing and selling a property. I do not believe that the person that helped you purchase your home is the best person to sell it. First, does this person specialize in your area and have done a good job in marketing for that area? Many agents will help a client buy a home in areas they have never worked in.
I said in the beginning that I may not be the right person for you. I specialize in working with condos and lofts. As an agent in the downtown area, I see agents get listings downtown because they helped their client purchase their condo. Do these agents deserve to be the listing agents for that condo when they have done virtually no marketing torwards condo buyers? Absolutely not! They can not turn on a switch and all of the sudden be an expert in marketing condos. The same can be said in the area where you live.
I am not sure what area you live in but I would start the process by seeing who does a good job of marketing in your area. Are they good at marketing themselves? If not, why would you think they would do a good job of marketing your listing if they can't do a good job marketing themselves? Here is an interesting thought...95% of real estate agents do not have a sales and marketing background. Yet, when listing a home, marketing plays such a big role in the process. If they don't have a strong sales background, are they going to be the one that can be a superior negotiator?
Too many agents try to claim they can be everything to everybody and I don't believe that can be the case.
Good luck to you Cal!
Also, your worries about her being aggressive enough or not I think will be answered and come out in the interviewing process when she is competing against several other agents.
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
If you have a good relationship with that agent, then I would definitely call them to discuss. The market was different 4 years ago and what may not have seemed very aggressive may have been related to market conditions.
The best thing you can do for yourself is clean and prep to give your home that model home feel. I cannot say enough about staging and provide a staging consultation at my expensive for all of my sellers. Not only do they help to define the spaces in the best possible light, but they can help the homeowner with small repairs like paint and lighting fixtures at a small cost.
Good luck on your decision making and in the end I say go with your gut:)
The Navarro Team
A great, seasoned agent is a great, seasoned agent. They represent their client, no matter if listing or buying, with experience. I practice Exclusive Buyer Agency and my office does not take listings or represents sellers . . . it's a choice I made for my real estate practice. It does not mean I wouldn't / couldn't represent the sellers competently.
If you're planning to buy in San Diego, contact Jeff Dowler
Marketing, price, condition of home (your responsibility) are all important in this kind of housing market. Remember that 90% of buyers shop on line first before hiring a Realtor to help them find a home, so check out the Realtors' websites and other listings to see if you feel their photos show off their listings well. It is a good idea to get somewhat ready for llisting your home in case you do get the job offer.
Karla Divine, Principal Broker
Divine NW Realty
Thank you for answering my question with some honesty and not just giving me a 2 sentance sales pitch (Stephen, Mandy and Jesse) .
And Jesse, testimonials are like ********, everybody has one and it doesn't mean much to me!
Ticknor Properties Group - Keller Williams
John L Scott - Real Estate
Glendale Ave - Seller: "Jesse responded to our need to sell. He was prompt, articulate, knowledgeable and honest. The house sold full price within 2 days. Amazing. He was excellent in acting as communicator between us the buyer. He kept us informed of the whole process from start to finish. Best realtor we ever had the privilege and honor to work with."
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Best marketing, value, and service.