How to Find the Best Listing Agent

To choose a listing agent, get referrals, interview multiple candidates and check references.
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A listing agent represents your interests as the home seller. A good listing agent will advise you on pricing, recommend steps to prepare the property for sale, handle marketing, coordinate open houses and showings, present offers from buyers and negotiate on your behalf to get the best possible price and most favorable terms.

With so many listing agents out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Follow these steps to choose a professional who meets your needs.

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Get referrals to listing agents

Ask friends and colleagues if they’ve worked with an agent they would recommend, especially those who have sold a home within the past few years. Find out what it was like to work with their agent and how satisfied they were with the results.

Review listing agents' experience

Verify that potential listing agents are properly licensed by searching for their names in your state's real estate licensing database. Visit agents' websites and read their bios. Check their current and previous listings to see if they're familiar with your neighborhood and have sold similar homes.

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