Interview 3 agents before listing home for sale

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DEAR BOB: I am a real estate broker and am curious why you keep insisting home sellers interview three agents prior to listing a home for sale. Since all agents have access to the same MLS (multiple listing service),, and most agents have their own Web sites, why do you recommend interviewing three agents? Why not six or nine or even 18? What do you think sellers will learn by interviewing three agents? Any licensed agent can sell a house. We all have the same tools at our disposal and we are all highly trained. --Valarie B. DEAR VALARIE: The reason smart home sellers should interview at least three successful local agents is to compare their evaluations of the home and their estimated market value for it. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Contrary to your statement that all real estate agents are "highly trained," some agents are incompetent and dishonest, or both. You've probably never encountered such agents. By comparing three (or more) agents, hom...