There is a lot of good advice here. One more piece that I would add: Don't hire an agent based on the highest suggested price to list your property.
Every seller wants to hear that they have a great home and that it can sell for the highest price in the neighborhood. But sometimes, that just is not the case. A good agent doesn't just tell the seller what the seller wants to hear. A good agent sometimes has to be the one to provide a "reality check" and tell it like it is.
Weigh agents based on their proposed service, marketing strategy, support in place, communication skills, negotiation skills and grasp of the market against what needs and expectations that YOU have.
The list price should never be a factor to determine your selection. But, the list price should be realistic and at market value with current trends.
Kimberly Barton, REALTOR
Champion Realty, Inc.