Hi there - chiming in here post resolution just to say that your question is a good one and a great reminder to all - sellers and buyers alike to check on the credentials and experience of resources they engage - including their real estate agent.
I am always surprised when sellers walk in to an office and award their business - possibly the most important transaction of their life - to whomever happens to be sitting at the front desk. We call this "opportunity time" and we hope that during our time answering phones that someone like you will walk into our net. But as the phones have become very quiet the more experienced agents are less likely to be sitting there. Far more likely that you will find a new agent, or one with loads of time on her hands. In either case, is this really who you want to entrust the sale of your largest asset? Think about it, you don't hire the first person that walks through the door - using "a pulse" as the criteria for hire. Take the time to interview and select an agent. Once you sign the listing agent you are committed to working with that agent for the term of the listing, generally 6 months.
Safisfy yourself that the agent you are working with has the experience and skill set necessary to get the job done. Check that she is actively licenseed, ask for references AND call them.
Thank you for asking this question and prompting the discussion.
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