In the past, my best success with agents is to offer them a sliding scale commission whereby after a certain sale price, they get a much higher % on the amount above the sale price. Seems to make them work harder!! I figure if they are on a nominal or fixed % of say 2% there is not much incentive for them to fight for an extra say $5000 for u, a more generous sliding scale may make them work a little harder.
Agreed. I have worked with or dealt with many agents around Adelaide, and would be happy to give an opinion if you wanted about anyone specific you might choose to use if I am familiar with them. One of my main businesses is property, and I spend many tens of thousands of kms on the roads looking at properties all over Adelaide metro just about every weekend.
One has to be careful with the advertising as it can quickly eat up thousands of dollars. Make sure they are not taking additional "commission" on advertising either and are just passing on the actual advertising costs. But you should tailor the advertising to suit the property - no point being stingy about it. As the other guys have said, make sure your house looks the part as well.
I think also the agent rather the company is also important. I have dealt with many, many agents over the years, from all the agencies and found good and bad.
Your commissions will generally be lower if your property is worth more - for example over $1M you should be able to push below 1.2ish percent. I would suggest you get a couple of quotes, look online at realestate.com.au and see what else is on sale around the area, pull RP Data to see recent sales/sales history too. Visit a couple of the agents you might be interested in at open inspections that are similar to your own, to see how they are performing for other people, BEFORE you have them come and give you a quote. See if they take your details, bother to check up on you a couple of days later, show an interest in the sale etc.
I am happy to refer agents to you from a variety of different companies as well if you like. Just let me know via PM or my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck!