WELL, POOR JENNY is probably totally confused by now, and although I agree with most of the comments, some of them I don't.
If you look at my original post, the #1 agent depends on your needs, what do you want in the form of communication?
I thought Deborah Madleys post was 'right on with her comment about >>>your best choice might be an agent who has few clients and had the time, commitment and will to focus on you and your property. To this agent, your sale means everything. As a seller, you need to know that the marketing capability is there, as well as knowledge base.
Just because youi sell a million houses, or you a million deals doesn't mean that you are the $1 agent... For instance, I spend MOST of my time training other agents, so I take on a very limited number of clients so that I can service them properly.
Because I mostly do consutling and training, my stats will not show a lot of transactions. That does not mean I'm not the best agent for you, it simply means that I don't take on more than I can handle at the level of expertise and comittment I guarantee my clients.
I still say that the only way you can figure out who the best agent for YOU is another agent. I also think that you should spend a few bucks and hire a real estate consultant to cover your wants and needs analysis.... when it is all said and done, it is much like paying for an appraisal to make sure the home is worth what you offered, and a home inspection to make sure it has no serious defects.
When you are contemplating one of the biggest financial considerations of your life, it pays to spend a little money and make sure you are doing the right thing, and the only way that will happen is to pay a consultant, who is totally unbiased to give you their expert opinion.
As I said before, I'm not sure where you are, so I'm not giving you a song and dance story to make money........but you need someone to give you an unbiased opinion, and the only way that is going to happen is to pay them for their time.
In the next few years, I think all real estate transactions will be conducted this way. There is no reason why you should pay a high percentage of the price of your house, vs the price of the house that may cost $100K more or less, because when it is all said and done, it cost no more to sell your house than the higher or lower priced one.
The only difference this makes is when you get into the really high luxury market and agents have to front lots of money to advertise in expensive magazines, pay up front for staging and spend many hours doing unique marketing.
I wish you luck, please let us know what happens! .