1. We will be selling our home this spring. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. Is this an unrealistic expectation?

    Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from […]

    March 27, 2017
  2. We expect each agent will have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific recommendations about gimmicks or questionable practices?

    Reader Question: We are going to be listing our home soon to take advantage of the spring market. We will be taking your recommendation and interviewing multiple agents, and we expect they will each have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific comments for us that may help us spot gimmicks or questionable […]

    March 6, 2017
  3. How do we sell a church?

    Reader Question: We want to sell a church. I am a member of an aging church group on the east coast with a declining number of active families and participants. The absence of new young families in our faith moving into the area and the passing of fellow congregants have taken a toll. From about 400 […]

    August 30, 2016
  4. Are online reviews of real estate agents credible?

    Reader Question: We will be selling our home and casually checking out real estate agents. One of our observations is that some agents seem to have many online reviews while others have very few or none. How important are these recommendations and why don’t all agents use them? Jason D. Monty’s Answer: Positive reviews from […]

    August 23, 2016
  5. I am going to sell my home. One agent has a low fee, the other has established chemistry. Which real estate agent should I choose?

      Reader Question: I am going to sell my home. One Realtor has an awesome marketing plan and a lower commission, but there was no chemistry. Another Realtor whose commission is higher, and marketing is not as vast, but good; established some chemistry. Which real estate agent do I choose? Ashley B. Monty’s Answer: Based […]

    August 25, 2015
  6. Can a rookie real estate agent be a good choice?

    Reader Question: We are selling our home with an experienced agent. Several occurrences have us questioning the agent’s value; missed or late for appointments, pricing advice refuted by a professional appraiser and more. Our question is this, we have read and been told only to deal with an experienced agent; that we shouldn’t let rookie […]

    December 23, 2014
  7. We are going to sell our house. We know a number of agents. We sold a home 20 years ago and it did not go well. Do you have any tips about how to pick an agent?

      Reader Question: We are going to sell our home. We know a number of real estate agents. 20 years ago we sold a home, and it was not a good experience. Do you have any tips about how to pick a good agent? Roger and Mary Ann D. Monty’s Answer: The right real estate […]

    August 12, 2014
  8. Full service real estate vs. FSBO

    Reader Question: Full service real estate vs. FSBO. We are a retired couple planning on selling our home this spring. We have no mortgage and believe the house is worth about $350k. How would you approach the sale, with an FSBO agency or a traditional Realtor? Tom and Maureen G. Monty’s Answer: There are many different […]

    May 6, 2014