I doubt it's possible to do better when hiring an agent.
Ray and I first met when he came by the house to introduce himself two years before we moved out of state. At that time, we had been trying to sell our home in Maumelle in order to move into Little Rock-proper, but we were unable to find a buyer. Our mortgage broker mentioned to Ray that he might be able to help us, but we had decided to stay where we were by then. Still, Ray and I chatted for nearly an hour. I was impressed with not only his record as a realtor but also with his knowledge of the local market and his willingness to seek us out. It was his proactive attitude that really stuck with me, and I made sure to keep his card.
When my wife received a job offer in Alaska in late 2015, Ray was the first person I contacted. Despite having worked with another local realty company twice previously, we had been discouraged by the wait-and-see attitude they showed during our earlier attempt to sell the house. It's not as if the realtor we had worked with was rude or unresponsive, but the unusual fact that our home had only two bedrooms in a community filled with three-bedroom homes of similar size and price presented challenges that required more from our agent. After our visit a couple of years prior, I felt strongly that Ray was the person for the job of presenting our home in the best possible light by accentuating the positives which made our house stand out in the crowd. He did not disappoint.
Unfortunately, our move coincided with a slight downturn in the market for our area, and it took longer than we had hoped it might to find a buyer—just over 10 months. Anyone who has ever tried to sell a home after moving out of the local area knows how challenging it can be. The fact that we were over 3,000 miles away, with no easy means of taking care of even the smallest details, made things that much more challenging. Ray stepped up for us. From making certain that our property looked its best at all times to arranging access for those providing cleaning and maintenance to keeping us apprised every step of the way, he went above and beyond. With the exceptions of being able to sign documents more easily and taking care of the property ourselves—neither of which could have been handled differently than they were under the circumstances—I don't believe our experience could have been better if we had merely moved down the street.
Now that we've closed on the sale, we're beginning to process of finding a home to buy in Anchorage. We've been doing our best to figure out how to lure Ray up here so we can work with him again. He seems determined to remain in Arkansas, but our loss is your gain. Or, at least, it could be. There is no one I would recommend more highly than Ray, and I'm fairly certain there is no one in Arkansas who deserves my recommendation more than he does. While it's easy enough to do much worse, I doubt it's possible to do better when hiring an agent. No matter your circumstances, call Ray first.