I am suprised Rockinblu hasn't posted on here yet. Rockinblu has a list of questions for sellers that are pretty good The following is copied and pasted from one of his other answers:
"In choosing a Realtor possibly the first thing I would look for is some letters behind the name. These do lend some sort of creditability. Certainly having a referral to him or her is a plus, but is certainly not a sure thing. The agent that was referred to me by three friends was an absolute disaster. As far as choosing one on your own, drive around the neighborhood and look at signs to find out what brokerages are represented and look their site up on the web. Go to the agents roster and select a few. I would try to find the Realtor's listings on Realtor.com and see whose listings are the best described with and are featured listings with multiple photos and a virtual tour. From those use the criteria below. Some of the criteria are obvious, and couple not so much so.
1. Your call to the agent was answered, or returned in a prompt manner.
2. The agent showed up on time for the appointment, and was neat and professional in appearance.
3. Be sure to mention the names of other agents you have talked with, or will be interviewing. If the agent you are interviewing gives any indication that could be interpreted as a knock against the competition, he or she has failed on an important criterion. If, on the other hand, the agent is complimentary about his or her colleagues, that is a plus.
4. The agent should be prepared with facts and figures, marketing plan, and offer suggestions. When an agent says "This property is perfect. You don't need to do a thing to it," it could very well be a big red flag.
After finally finding four that have met all of the above criteria, of the four suggested listing price ranges choose between the agents that have the two in the middle. Of those two, choose the agent you felt the most comfortable with. There is a lot to be said about trusting your "gut." The reason I disqualified the one with the high suggested price is that it could be a good chance the agent is just giving the info that you want to hear to get your listing. Not a very honest practice. I threw out the low, based on the possibility that this agent is just looking for a easy and quick sale at your expense. However, easy and quick are not adjectives normally found used in this market. If all four or even three suggested prices would come in extremely close, just go with the Realtor that you have the best feeling about of the group.
ELV!S posted these great interview questions below on another thread. They should be of some help as well.
â€¢ How many homes, of my type, have you sold? (recently, 6 mos, 1 year, 5 years)
â€¢ What is your list / sale ratio?
â€¢ What is your average "days on market"
â€¢ What is your marketing plan for my home?
does it include internet (where?), do you offer multiple photos, virtual tours, color brochures
â€¢ Do you do open houses (why / why not / how often?)
â€¢ What is your price recommendation (why / how did you arrive at that / do you have comps to back that up?... do you have a "quick sale" price, and a normal sale price")
â€¢ What is your plan if I'm not under contract in 30 days / 60 days / 90 days ...etc....
â€¢ Why should I hire you? What do you bring to the table that's different than the myriad of other agents out there who want my listing.
â€¢ Will you offer a reduced commission (why / why not?)
â€¢ Are you a full-time agent?
â€¢ Do you practice dual-agency? (why / why not?)
â€¢ What do you think of Agent A and Agent B (the two other agents you're interviewing)
â€¢ Are you planning any upcoming vacations or are you going to be unavailable, and who is your back-up when you're gone?
â€¢ What weekly communication can I expect from you?
â€¢ Is there anything I haven't asked you, that you think I should have?
A great post from a TruliaVoices Member named Alan in New Jersey brought this question to mind:
Will buyers have to sign in to view my property on your site?
The preferred answer is obviously â€œno.â€
If there is even a remote chance of you eventually going FSBO, try to make sure that in the listing agreement that the Realtor protection period is short as possible. Try for 30 days, and that a protected list of buyers is given to you within a 3 business day period after the expiration of the listing. This should be written in the agreement. Finally, remember commissions are negotiable. Good luck"
I do not thing you should go FSBO but didn't want to exclude anything because it is someone elses post.
I think everyone should have some type of representation.