I decided to go with Kate because she was an acquaintance. Kate said she would only have prequalified buyers come to see our house that was listed at $710K. This did not happen with the first offer. We were advised by Kate that the savings from mortgage and taxes would be better to take the offer ($57k less). In the end it was as if Kate was representing the buyer. When confronted with this Kate became defensive and difficult to work with. I could not understand why she would advise this way when her commission could have been even bigger, but then I realized to date it appears this is her biggest commission based on her Zillow history of houses sold.
Had a fantastic experience buying and closing on my home with Kate and would certainly want to work with her again! She was patient with me throughout the process and gave me the information and confidence I needed to make the deal work! Honest, responsive and thorough. What else could you ask for in an agent? Thanks, Kate!