While most people advise buyers and sellers to choose the most successful agent in their area, this strategy can sometimes lead to suboptimal outcomes. First and foremost, a highly successful agent will likely have clients that are selling or buying properties in a much higher price bracket than yours. That means that there is very little chance that you will be their top priority. Even worse, since they’re very successful, a small difference in price will have very little impact on their bottom line. That means they may not push as hard as less experienced agents who need every penny, and more importantly need to build their reputation.
Since hiring brand new agents comes with even more risks, instead you should focus on hiring a junior or newer agent on a top producing real estate team. This way you’ll get the best of both worlds, someone who is very eager to build a great reputation and fight small battles, and someone who has access to expert advice and guidance for pricing, negotiations, and closings.