Good agents who can serve you well likely abound in your area, and you should just interview several until you find one you think will do a good job for you. You can ask them what their ratios are. Other more important questions would relate to what their marketing strategy is and how they build it into the listing agreement. If they will put it in the MLS and on several Web sites, it will likely work, but do not confuse that with a marketing strategy. That's just stocking the shelves with another box of cereal.
Careful of selecting a realtor just based on who sells the most. You're not looking just for volume, otherwise, you would get really high quality products at Walmart...um...okay...so that wasn't very nice to Walmart. High volume could be due to a number of factors, not the least of which could be under pricing properties (sounds odd in these tough times, but does happen).
Since every realtor is going to use the most effective sales tool available, the Multiple Listing Service, you want to find a realtor that clearly differentiates themselves in other marketing tools, and one that has a very good network of communicating with buyers in your specific area. Also, ask your neighbors, and talk with coworkers for references. References are almost always the best source.
There are currently 454 listings in the MLS for Dearborn Heights. Many of them are Bank owned.
The agent that is selling the most is most likely listing bank owned properties. You want to get an agent that can help you obtain maximum value for your home (not necessarily the one that sells the most).
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I would agree, interviewing agents and request proof of their List Price to Sale Price ratio versus the entire MLS AND their Original Price to Sale Price ratio versus the entire MLS.
You should also concentrate on their marketing plans, especially internet exposure. There was a question in (I believe) Birmingham earlier in the week where two agents came to someones home and indicated they would place the home on Realtor.com and the MLS. Two good sources, but barely the tip of the iceburg.
If you have any questions about marketing sources feel free to contact me for more information.