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Get referrals from your network

Ask friends and family if they will recommend a true Real Estate Agent or REALTOR® with whom they’ve had an honest experience. Ideally, you’ll want someone with experience working with clients who are almost like you. The requirements of first-time buyers, for instance , are different than those of repeat buyers or homeowners who are looking to downsize.

Look for a true REALTOR® with all capital letters meaning they’re a member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and have formally agreed to abide by the group’s code of ethics.

Research potential candidates

Start by examining their online presence. Check their websites and active social media accounts they use to market their listings. Take a glance at their online reviews also. Don’t worry about one or two negative reviews, but more than a handful that may be a red flag.

Check with your state’s land regulator to seek out whether a real estate agent you’re considering is licensed or has any disciplinary actions. Vet candidates you’re interviewing on your local Better Business Bureau’s website to ascertain if they’ve received any complaints.

Go with your gut

Just as important because the knowledge and knowledge an agent brings is their ability to guide you smoothly through the method . Above all, accompany an agent you trust and can feel comfortable with if the road to closing gets a touch bumpy.

“It’s a bit like dating — sometimes it just comes right down to chemistry,” says Herman Chan, an associate broker and REALTOR® with Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in Berkeley, California. “If everything checks out, but you only don’t vibe thereupon, don’t accompany them. There are many other land agents out there which will be happy to assist you which may be a far better personality fit.”

Author Rustom Marciano

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