No. of Recommendations: 0 shop around for another agent to see what the other agents suggest doing.

Asked a number of people for agent recommendations--only names that anyone mentioned were the one who sold us the house (I won't use her) and the first agent I had out.

This agent (she's been there for 25++ years, well-known, as respected as any agents there, etc.) thought the kitchen was wonderful and the counters (faux-brown-marble laminate from the 70's with lots of wear) were gorgeous. Her only concern with the flooring was a spot where a previous owner spilled bleach--agent thought we should put a small rug over that to hide it. She was late because she couldn't find the house, she brought no comps with her, and she only had part of the legal (technically we're on two lots). When she came back with the comps, she brought a very poor quality aerial plat of the lots. Only problems were that she had the wrong lots and she still brought no comps. (She did, however, know all the gossip on all the people around us.)

Agent we're planning to use has renovated 3-4 houses and took a series of construction classes at the local community college in order to understand houses better. She called the state engineer to get the details on the ins and outs of domestic wells vs. water rights--that alone put her miles ahead of any realtor I've ever dealt with. She had a number of good suggestions for a few problem areas. She came well prepared to discuss pros and cons of comps, and looked at comps from several different angles (other houses on our street, houses in the general neighborhood, houses around city that match our physical description), which is a big deal since there aren't a lot of really good comps for us. While I don't want to do the kitchen, I was not at all surprised that she strongly recommends it.

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