Personally, I don't think so. But I'm sure you'll get responses from agents with tons of designations saying how much more qualified they are than agents without those designations. More designations just means they spent more time and $$ in a classroom (or online) getting those designations. It also costs more money from year to year to keep those designations. Does it translate to more real world experience? Hard to say.
Do I wish I had more designations behind my name? Certainly! But I'm so busy working, I don't have the time! ;-)... more
I wouldn't list with someone I personally disliked, there are just too many great agents out there. Is your friend a full time agent? Are they competent? Intelligent? Honest? The local angle is very over blown in the internet age. As a matter of fact in some cases I think it's a liability as many local agents don't aggresively market, they do what they've done for the past two or three decades and doesn't work anymore. I would go with my friend, or a third agent as yet unfound agent.... more
Hi Cliff, without seeing the house it's impossible to give you an accurate market value. Unfortunately the market doesn't care what you paid, only what it's worth now. You should have three or so agents stop by from different companies and give you free CMA's, that should give you a good idea of the market value. I would think twice about doing FSBO as over 80% eventually list with an agent, but; usually after a lot of stress and expense. I work with an agent in your area who will structure the listing so that if you find the buyer you don't pay a commission. There are some restrictions such as only his sign in your yard, but they aren't major. Let me know if you might be interested and I'll let him know.... more