Mr Cheng or Dr Cheng, how many profiles do you have?
You seem very interested in real estate for not being a realtor. What's your deal?
Choosing a realtor based on awards they won is just ridiculous, the only way to know for sure is by examining the list/sell ratio and list/sell price per agent and those statistics are just not available to the general public, you'd have to do many detailed searches using the realtors access to the mls and compare the data.
Just interview the agent and see if they are comfortable speaking with you, if they seem knowledgable but not a know it all, are they pleasant or have an entitled attitude, are they coming to your house for the first time telling you how much your home is worth with a ready made cma or do they first visit your home to speak with you about your motivations, needs and preview your home in order to gather appropriate comps?
Because an agent has a fancy resume, listing presentation (digital or printed) does not necessarily make them the best choice.
How will the agent market your home?
Just in the MLS and if so which one or will it be in more than one and if so which ones and why?
Will they advertise in homes magazines?
Will they advertise your property, not just themselves online? if so where and how will your home get exposure? will they advertise in newspapers? where & why and how will it benefit your home selling?
Will they create color property brochures to distribute at open houses or other events like street fairs and so on? these are the important questions.
In my opinion a real estate agent must be an effective marketer and if they do not understand how to market and the basics of marketing or the difference between marketing and advertising, chances are you just hired a fast talking slickster that put on a good or bad show for you.
By the way I consider myself to be a little anal when it comes to pricing, marketing and paperwork and I gotta tell you, I recently just sold a townhome in the North Brunswick Renaissance complex someone else here mensioned, it was not my main target area, actually it was my first time ever visiting the complex.
I did my research, asked a lot of questions to a receptive, realistic seller and was able to price the home correctly and market it properly and had it listed, under contract and sold in 36 days we closed 3/13/2008 the property address was 331 Hawthorne Rd., North Brunswick
As a seller you must have realistic goals, and have a realtor that knows what they are doing, they should also be a FULL TIME agent, not a weekend warrior, experience is not a be all end all either, I've spoken to agents that have been in the business over 25 years and they seem to be complete morons, its a wonder how they sell anything!
Interview the person, as a person, as a marketer and then what they know about real estate.
I can talk forever on this topic and my mind is going a mile a minute, I'm sure this article is all over the place but that's how my mind works. ;-)
I'll leave off here, gotta go to the movies now. Nighty, night all...