MISTAKE #2: Hiring the agent who offers the highest list price for your home If you ask several real estate listing agents how much they think they can get for your home, and one gives you a significantly higher listing price than the others, be cautious: the agent may be trying to "buy" your listing by suggesting an unrealistically high asking price. This practice is unethical and costs you time and money. Most likely you will end up slashing the price after your home sits on the market unnoticed for many months. My philosophy is to price your home to sell and not sell you on and unrealistic price just to get your listing. TIP: Always interview at least three agents and choose one who can back up the suggested listing price with comparable sales data.