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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think I like going first.  The intention is to make a stellar impression, that everyone else will pale by comparison.  If one has their act truly together, very few can compete.  I have learned to trust my first impression, and I think many feel the same way, and 9 out of 10 times, it is the right one.

Mar 18, 2015 03:24 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Remembering back to the research I once read on interviewing for a job....I would rather be middle or last. The last one has the chance to make the most recent impression and has a chance to secure the listing more quickly. When last however, there is the risk that the seller may hire an agent ahead of you and cancel your appointment.

Mar 18, 2015 03:06 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Praful prefers to be the last. I do not go on listing appointments.

Jul 30, 2018 11:06 PM
Robert Kennedy
Chase International - Zephyr Cove, NV

Debbie - The only reason I would prefer to be first is to avoid the possibility of a seller signing with someone who wouldn't do as good a job as I would. Once they see my presentation I will almost always get the listing. Other than that, I really don't care. One of my favorite stories regarding a listing presentation was the couple who confessed after signing the listing that they had agreed before I arrived that they would not sign anything - no matter what I said. Needless to say, I got the listing, and an over full price offer in less than 30 days. Having said that, I read a statistic somewhere that most sellers list with the first agent they contact. So, maybe there is something to be said for going first.

Mar 21, 2015 10:38 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would rather be the last, because they always remember the last impression.  Never be second!  There's always the first impression that everyone is compared to, but last is better.

Mar 18, 2015 01:19 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

The last, there is no more stalling, and they will have forgotten things about the others.

Mar 18, 2015 12:33 PM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

It depends on who the seller is:


Last when I know they will likely be the type to definitely interview 3.  I like to ask questions about what the other agents offered. I like to ask if they offered what I do, because I know many don't. Because human nature dictates that unless the last is a tool, that's who gets picked.

First when I know they are really busy or rapid:  I've been first not by choice and been hired on the spot because human nature has also had sellers that upon feeling good about me, had not desire to do anymore intervierws because of their busy schedule.


It's a bet on your ability to read them.

Mar 18, 2015 09:16 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Last is good. They are worn down and sick of talking about it so After they hear all the energy coming from me they accept the pen I hand them (hopefully)

Mar 18, 2015 09:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Debbie, lots of coaches and trainers say go last and close. I am not sure it matters what position we are in. If we present well, answer questions, build trust, make a connection, etc. then we have done all that we can do.

Mar 18, 2015 08:13 AM
Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

I think it depends on whether you're interviewing with "staff" or the job owner (or, the boss or client themselves). With staff, they're a little less invested in the whole process, so going last might be more advantageous - easier recall. If the ultimate boss/client is the one interviewing, they tend to remember who made the strongest/best impression. They don't just go with the flow. (or, do they? )

Mar 18, 2015 07:31 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I can relate this to being one of many lenders reaching out to a prospective client.  I like being first, but I don't really mind the placement - if I put my best foot forward and do a good job presenting, I truly believe I'm a better option than my competition - I also believe potential clients will see that when they talk to the 'next guy/gal'.  If I'm in the middle or last, I still think they'll notice that I am a better option. 

Mar 18, 2015 07:27 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I like being last Debbie.  This way the client has thought of questions they might not have thought to ask the others.  Being last I can also leave that final outstanding impression.

Mar 18, 2015 04:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I can work with any of these.

Dec 25, 2019 10:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

i must admit I just like being invited to the party. I will make the most of whatever my position is. My favorite is being the only one and never having to compete.

Mar 20, 2015 12:15 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Good idea Gabe. First and last and offer to call the other agents and break the news. There is no point in wasting the seller's time.

Mar 19, 2015 10:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Debbie - I like to be either first or last. When I'm first, I set the bar really high for anyone who follows me. When I'm last, I've blown everyone else before me out of the water.

Mar 18, 2015 09:31 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - if the seller is going to interview few, I'd like to be the last!

While setting up the appointment, you may want to ask the seller about it.

Mar 18, 2015 03:36 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Yes Larry Johnston I can see that would stick in their minds. They may remember the first but those in the middle got muddled.

Mar 18, 2015 01:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I love that response Noah Seidenberg that the seller is sick of talking about it and are ready to take action. Last can be best.

Mar 18, 2015 12:57 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I was last in my last listing presentation and got the job. They wouldn't decide on the spot and I just heard today. I felt good when I left on the weekend but after a couple of days you begin to wonder.

Mar 18, 2015 12:56 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

First or last.  Though I am not a hard core salesmen to tell them they do not need to listen to the other agents

Mar 18, 2015 12:16 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have been first and last, both work for me, but if I had to choose, I kind of like going first and setting the bar very high.

Mar 18, 2015 11:46 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Ideally, I'd like to be the first and last.  Though, hopefully by going first, they will cacel the other appointments!  

Mar 18, 2015 08:08 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Last is always better for me, although I have been first and walked out with the listing before.  But, being last usually has the seller getting tired of the process and wants to get on with it.

Mar 18, 2015 08:05 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I haven't found much difference where my listing appointment happens to fall in the sequence of interviews.  I prefer to be early among listing agent candidates simply because once a seller has made up their mind, they tend to form reasons why they should not consider anyone else, regardless of that agent's merit or capability.

Mar 18, 2015 07:48 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

perhaps second- they already had one meeting and have a notepad of questions - I am prepared to close :) 

Mar 18, 2015 07:43 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Debbie, generally it depend on the home owners.

Mar 18, 2015 07:07 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We learned early on from a class to try and be the first. This way, you can help the seller out by calling the others and telling them not to show up!

Mar 18, 2015 05:17 AM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It doesn't matter to me, but if I am first, I don't leave parts of listing presentation or marketing info behind.

Mar 18, 2015 05:03 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I can see both of those answers being relative. I tend to make quick decisions and when the seller doesn't, it doesn't give me a good feeling. Realizing all sellers are different, some may just need more information than others. Some may be reading and listening to other's advice. Finding out what the seller is looking for is the most important and you have to ask questions to get the answers and then act accordingly.

Mar 18, 2015 04:25 AM