why can't I find sales statistics for agents anywhere?

Asked by Foster, 60506 Sat Apr 19, 2008

I have looked for hours to find statistics on what agents have sold in 2007 and 2008....I can't find statistics anywhere. I want to look for an agent that I know has sold homes in this market. Are agents afraid to actually list who is succesful?

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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Sat Apr 19, 2008
If you'd like to find out which agents, in your area, have sold the most single family, or condos, you can call your local real estate office, and ask the managing broker to pull a list of their top producing agents, and ask them to e-mail you their MLS statistics for the last 12 months.

Do that for 3 or 4 of the top local offices, that'll give you a snapshot of their sales.

Remember, though, that production (numbers sold) is not always the best indicator that they would be YOUR best agent. There are many, many mid-level agents who are hungry and aggressive, and some of the newer agents coming fresh from school have great ideas, are great technology wizards and know the internet inside and out.

Many of the top producers have assistants, and are so busy, you'll rarely talk with them personally.

that doesn't mean you should rule out the top producers, but include some second and third tier agents. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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Linda Carroll…, , Lacey, WA
Sat Apr 19, 2008
Ask them! Call several agents who seem to be active in your area, tell them you are thinking of selling your home, and that you particularly want an agent with good stats.

They will probably come to your home, do a market analysis, and present you with their stats. These should be printouts from the MLS.

It sounds like you are most concerned with Days on Market? That you want a timely sale? That data will be included. Of course, your agent can only do so much to sell your home--mostly marketing. Setting a price that is right in or slightly ahead of the market, and getting your home staged and in tip-top condition are your responsibility.

Best wishes! Linda
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Tim Churchwe…, Agent, Chesapeake, VA
Thu Jun 19, 2008
Yep, great answer Elvis! Kudos!
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Dave Richert, Agent, Aurora, IL
Thu Jun 19, 2008
I don't have anything to add to the post by Elvis below... I think that is a great answer...
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Michelle, Agent, Dothan, AL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Foster,

As Director of Operations for my company I am more than willing to provide you statistics for any of the agents in my office. However, You may want to consider some other sources that con provide you with good information. Our office offers a very aggressive marketing plan that includes television, radio, print, internet, open houses, REALTOR open houses, flyers, brochures and digital billboards for maximum exposure. You should definitely want to know what your paying for when you are paying the compensation. Also you might contact your local MLS Board and they may be able to provide you with reports or a list of their Club of Excellence members since this is based on volume and units. Make sure that the Listing Broker that you choose will maintain open lines of communication with you and reports to you on a regular basis. In addition, you might find a REALTOR that is internet savvy that uses technology, since over 80% of today's homebuyers begin their search online. One final suggestion is to make sure your REALTOR is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, this will give you peace of mind knowing that we are upheld by a Code of Ethics. I hope you find this information helpful in your quest.
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Robert Durham, , Plainfield, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Hello Foster,
I actually update my list of home sold on my website at this link if you would like to have a peek at them at: http://www.plainfieldilhomeforsale.com/real_estate_portfolio.htm
I would love to list your home and get it sold. I don't just list homes to list them. I list them to sell.
Thanks!
Rob
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Lisa Sparks, , Riverview, FL
Fri Jul 18, 2008
Information about how agents rank is provided on our MLS. Agents should be able to provide this for you. I'd suggest you interview a few agents before making any decision and ask for past client referrals. Also--pay attention to who is listing homes in your neighborhood. Ask those sellers if they're pleased with the service that is being provided by their current Realtor. Referrals are an excellent source of information.
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Sean Cochran, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Naperville, IL
Fri Jul 18, 2008
Let me know if you ever find this list.

Sean Cochran
Quality Mortgage Lending
630-330-2229
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Bob Brandt, Agent, Schaumburg, IL
Wed Jul 2, 2008
The MLS has tools built in to rank yourself or the top 10 offices and share it with potential clients. That is how I found out I was the number one agent in Schaumburg. My office is also the number one office.
Web Reference:  http://www.realtybob.com
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Vicky Chrisn…, , 20176
Tue Jul 1, 2008
Stats don't tell the whole story. Call 3 major brokerages in the area, talk to the broker. Tell them your situation, your personality and your concerns. Ask who they recommend to work with you.

Then, interview the agents, and ask if you can talk to the last 2 people that she/he closed a transaction with, the client she had that she thinks is most like you, one current client (who is not under contract) and the name and number of a client that either withdrew their listing or let it expire without selling it.

The clients for whom I did not successfully sell will sing my praises just as much as anyone who had an ideal situation. Why? Because I bring value, and I am a consultant, and I work to meet the clients goals. Sometimes it is "sell if I can get XYZ", and sometimes the market doesn't allow that.

Anyway, that information will give you an idea of her strengths and weakness, and how much business she's done recently.

Who cares about stats? Do you know what good stats are? Do you know how to compare individual stats with team stats? It McDonalds a better restaurant because they've sold however many burgers now - and because they post their stats on their sign? NO.

Do you want to be just another number? No, you want to sell your home with an agent who is active in the market, and who has good customer service and who can work with YOU, successfully.

Good luck.
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Mark Roncone, , Naperville, IL
Tue Jul 1, 2008
Foster,

I am still here when you are ready to switch again. Hope to hear from you!
Web Reference:  http://www.markroncone.com
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Sarah, , Channahon, IL
Tue May 6, 2008
And remember, just because the agent may have a lot of listings doesn't mean they sell them all. Ask them their % of homes they listed vs listed & sold. Example: I sell 9/10 homes I list, but I do not have tons of listings- nor do I want them. I am a professional & I will only market & sell the products in which I know consumers can afford & want. I will not market overpriced homes for my own ego of "having the listing" or to attract buyers for myself. I do not feel that is in the best interest of my seller.
So, if there are too many listings, just remember to ask how many of them are under contract & whats the % that actually sell?
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Mark Roncone, , Naperville, IL
Sat Apr 19, 2008
Foster,

I don't know of a place where you can look up those stats but I would be happy to help you. I am one of the top agents for 2008 in my office.
Web Reference:  http://www.nilhomeseller.com
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Paul Antonel…, Agent, Saint Cloud, FL
Sat Apr 19, 2008
If your looking for an agent that put three homes under contract two weeks ago and closed one, in a community that has sales of 2 per month. Give me a call. Or there is an agent I work some deals with in my office that has sold about 8 in the past three weeks. You need access to the MLS to get our stats. We keep that a heavly guarded secret. We don't want Uncle Sam to know how much we make. :)
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Ida Mccarthy, , 60148
Sat Apr 19, 2008
The statistics are shown to you by the realtor themselves. The only true numbers are from the MLS. Homethinking is only for agents who have added their names. I never added my name to the site and I won't because they have no way to tell how many homes I've sold and have it be accurate.

Interview 3 realtors and have them show you their statistics.
Good luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.idamccarthy.com
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CindyH, , Nashville, TN
Sat Apr 19, 2008
You may want to try a website http://www.homethinking.com. They have started the process of reporting agent sales although some of their data needs updating more often. Hope this helps!
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