Certainly with thousands of Realtors in Metro Detroit, you have many agents to chose from. And you have a nice starting point here with all the agents who have thrown their name in the hat, and are ready to help you.
A first time seller has unique questions because this is the first time you've been on that side of the table. Your concerns are different from what they were when you were a first time buyer.
If I were looking to sell and I was not an agent, I would look for recommendations from friends who had sold or bought recently in my area and had a positive experience with their agent. I would want to know what they liked about their agent. Personally, most of my business comes from referrals from past clients who share my name with their family and friends.
I would interview 3 agents and ask them about their marketing plans, experience in my area and what they would do to get my home sold. I would want to know what I needed to do as the seller to get the maximum value in the shortest time. Sometimes little things can make a big difference, and most agents will make good suggestions before the home goes on the market.
I would advise you not just to go with the person who tells you the highest number. Go with the one you trust most to get the job done and work with them on setting a good listing price.
Congratulations on your new job Andrew. Grand Rapids is a great town, and I hope you enjoy it there. If I can be of assistance in your move, I am happy to help. I also know some great agents in Grand Rapids who can help you get settled in on the other end. And if you would like to talk with a happy home seller of a home that closed earlier this month in Troy (Raintree Sub) with my assistance, I have a client who would be happy to tell you about how I helped her to get far more than she thought was possible for the house.