How to Choose a REALTOR®
In making your decision to work with a real estate professional, there are certain questions you should ask when evaluating a potential agent. The first question you should ask is whether the agent is a REALTOR®. You should then ask:
- Does the agent have an active real estate license in good standing? To find this information, you can check with your state’s governing agency.
- Does the agent belong to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and/or a reliable online home buyer’s search service? Multiple Listing Services are cooperative information networks of REALTORS® that provide descriptions of most of the houses for sale in a particular region.
- Is real estate his or her full-time career?
- What real estate designations does the agent hold?
- Which party is he or she representing—you or the seller? This discussion is supposed to occur early on, at “first serious contact” with you. The agent should discuss your state’s particular definitions of agency, so you’ll know where you stand.
- In exchange for your commitment, how will the agent help you accomplish your goals? Show you homes that meet your requirements and provide you with a list of the properties he or she is showing you?
In addition to the above, it’s important to work with a REALTOR® who knows the area you’re interested in and one whose personality is a good fit for you. A REALTOR who knows the area in which you want to locate can provide immeasurable help for you in finding a home that fits your needs.