Alfie, Home Seller in Mercer Island, WA

Top real estate agents Mercer Island WA

Asked by Alfie, Mercer Island, WA Sat Oct 9, 2010

How can I find the best 'match'.... ie. a top 1% agent who sells houses in the 'price class' (*2 Mill) I am selling.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 3, 2010
When you bought the house you're in you didn't just say "I will buy the biggest house in this zip code", you checked more than one, some you liked, some you didn't and I'm sure you didn't say "Just give me the cheapest house in this zip code"

Same with an agent, a top producer could just be the biggest house. The top producer in our area goes to the listing appointment, gets a signature and you never see them again. They use assistants for everything.

Luxury homes rarely equate to top producers. Best thing is call a few agents with for sale signs around your area and check them out, interview three and see which one makes the most sense for what you want to do.

Also, be careful with discount brokers (Stephanie below works a different model than most agents, you can ask her how she does it). Some online discount brokers are willing to work for next to nothing and most of the time, you will get what you pay for.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 3, 2010
Call the "Managing Broker" of all the offices in Mercer Island, and ask them directly who the top producer in their office is. Then interview that top producer yourself to see if you click together. The Managing Broker oversees their entire office of agents, and will have stats/charts on their office/agents performance. Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 3, 2010
Pay an agent you're NOT going to hire $100 and have him/her pull all sold comps for the last 30 homes sold >$1mil. Select from the most active of those agents. Interview at least 2 before making a decision.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 19, 2010

Make sure to find a broker who has Your Best Interests ahead of everything else. This means asking tough questions to find out if selling is the proper thing to do at this time.

Mercer Island is indeed a unique area for real estate. That said, many buyers are gathering information online and are fairly savvy on knowing when a great opportunity is being advertised.

With education on the current market, known motivation and a listing plan of action, the home should be able to attract a buyer. You are moving toward making a business decision and information should displace emotion- so an uncomfortable discussion should take place when you partner with your broker of choice.

The good news is, most brokers left in the business are still around because of integrity and referrals. Ask your friends who they would refer and why!

Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 19, 2010
Talk to some agents. There's plenty on here. Take a look at their recent experience and client testimonials. There are plenty of agents who "specialize" in "luxury homes" that will do very little for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 16, 2010
Hi Alfie,

You can tell fairly quickly when you drive through E Mercer and W Mercer Way which agents have the most listings--Kris, Wendy, Curt etc. will be on many of the signs, and they've been doing a lot of great business in the area. They all sell some homes in M.I, although total sales have been slow for a couple of years now.

Your next question is your goal in marketing the home. If you want the local favorites, they're easy to find, but are they doing most of their marketing to local Mercer Island outlets, or are they bringing in clients from other cities and states? We're finding that most of our waterfront and luxury buyers these days are relocation clients from other parts of the country or even international buyers. Marketing to a new "Seattle" resident who may not be familiar with Mercer Island or other locales in the greater Seattle metro exposes your home to a much larger pool of potential buyers. With the limited number of local buyers in the luxury market over the past couple of years, exposing your home to the largest potential pool of buyers is the best way to sell a luxury or waterfront home quickly.

Good luck, and let me know if you need any help.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 12, 2010
We have many great agents all over town. I would be happy to assist you. Our brokerage, The Cascade Team, offers full representation, free home staging consulting, free home warranty, massive internet advertising, and we only charge 4% instead of the traditional 6%. With values down and equity diminished across the board, keeping 2% in your pocket really makes a difference ! Let me know if I can help...

Stephanie Clancy
The Cascade Team
Simply Outrageous Service! Not Outrageous Commissions!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 9, 2010
Why not consider contacting a some local agents from different realty offices and interview them in person--then choose the one you like best and the one who has the most to offer. Ask what marketing strategies will be implemented; what plans will be put in place to coordinate meetings with buyers; what feedback (communication) can you expect and with what frequency; will data be supplied to help establish a fair and marketable asking price; will buyers be pre-screened and required to have mortgage pre-approvals when submitting offers; what other services does the agency offer, if any, etc. Choose your agent with care--don't overlook newer agents as some are just as capable as a more seasoned agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 9, 2010
not necessarily, many top agents have staff that do therir work and their job is to sign up listings. Interview 2/3 people and that volume should be secondary to your intuition. good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 9, 2010
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