As a seller, you need to find an agent that is well versed in many areas; marketing, staging, online presence, negotiator, contract knowledge just to name a few. Don't use your best friendâ€™s niece because she needs a client or do anyone any favors. You need to hire a pro that can look out for you and do an excellent job.
If you interview a few agents, don't be fooled by some tacky techniques in getting listings, over pricing or discount commissions. Commissions are always negotiable, but if all they have to offer is a commission reduction, challenge them on their success rate. Some agents list a lot of properties, but sell only a few. The other listings expire or get cancelled. As an agent, the strategy can work, but as a client I don't recommend it. (I don't recommend it for agents either but itâ€™s not uncommon).
Price is critical to getting your home sold. Look at your competitors with realistic eyes. If they are selling and you are not, you may be priced too high. Best of luck.