Ask for references and get specifi c details on how quickly the agent sold the property and whether it was at, over, or under the asking price. Also, if your loan is larger than the value of your property, find out if the agent has negotiated any short payoffs with lenders or extensions of foreclosure sales to allow a pending transaction to close. How much does the agent think your property will sell for?
Watch out for an agent who gives you an unrealistically infl ated estimate to ensure geing the listing. You dont have time to let your property sit on the market before you drop the price. Ask the agent to see a print-out of comparables a list of recently sold properties in your neighborhood.