P.S. I work hard to achieve the desired outcome of my clients, but I only work with motivated buyers who are willing to get pre approved with financing beforehand. If you believe that you are in a good position to buy please feel free to start searching for a home on my website (live MLS search) http://www.NaplesFloridaUS.com or call free 1855-9-NAPLES If you chose another option, best wishes on finding your new home. Rgds, Gerry McLoughlin
I only have a couple years experience, 2 listings right now and I'm a Desert Storm Veteran and I work for Century 21
I'm educating constantly and have the following designations: Military Relocation Pro, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Broker Price Opinion Expert.
My bio is on my website and on the Century 21 Sunbelt site. And you can google me. If you like what you read hire me
That's how you can choose a Realtor. Any realtor. Also check that they are a Realtor. Not just an agent.
I agree, unless you contact a friend, family member or do your own research, you may not find an agent that fits your personality. A Mortgage broker, usually isn't the most accurate source of quality realtors.
Decide on what traits your looking for and then call a few agents - ones that answer the phone and has knowledge of the area, would be a good start. Ones that return the call before the end of business or if after hours also is a good trait. Linked In, Trulia are also good sites that allow other agents to recommend other agents and also have recommendations from former clients. If you are in the greater Daytona Beach area, looking, I would be happy to help.
It is not as important to find a Realtor who has sold the most homes, has the most experience or works for the largest and most well-known company as it is to find someone that is professional. You want an agent that will listen to you, uses ethical conduct, and knows the market.
You can also attend open houses and meet real estate agents. See how they interact with you and answer your questions. Pay attention to how they show the home. Take notes and collect business cards. Then you can compare the agents you saw.
Look at web sites of Realtors or real estate agents. Read any testimonials they have. Call them up and ask questions about their experience and how they work with buyers. Get a feel for them and what they can do for you.
You also want an agent that will work within your schedule. Most of the time it needs to be someone who works as an agent full-time. They are available days, nights, and weekends. Not all agents work the same way. Find one that you are comfortable with. Trust your instincts.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
Sorry Donald, but unlike 99.9% of Mortgage Brokers in America, I don not depend on Realtors for my business.
I know this may come as a shock to realtors like you who have never met a Mortgage Broker like me, but I'm real.
I refer buyers to realtors,...believe it or not. And I know exactly what all goes on with a Realtor working with a buyer, so I am, in fact the perfect person to refer a buyer to a realtor.
click here and tell me if you offer this savings to your buyers?
-Ask a Mortgage Broker to refer you to a realtor in the area you are looking to buy.
Again, nobody knows Realtors like Mortgage Brokers. We know the good ones who really care about their buyers, ones who know what they're doing in this 2013 market to get buyers their best deal....AND... we know the ones who are full of that which can be found south of a north bound bull.
As a buyer, I would not want to work with some bee hive hair-doo, gold jacket , scarf wrapped around the waist or draped over the shoulder with and oversized dragon fly broach wear'in, driving a Lincoln Town Car, telling me how they've been selling real estate for 116 yrs while puffing on a Virginia Slim menthol cig type agent!
And as I buyer, I could care less about how many 3 and 4 letter abbreviations they list under their names on their business cards and if they are a billion...gazillion dollar agent too. I'd just want the right agent, one that after the hour of dealing with I'm not looking at my wife and rolling my eyes knowing we have made the wrong choice.
Contact me with the area you wish to buy and I'll refer you to a Realtor who will not only exceed your expectations, but if buying over a 200k property will assist with Realtor Rebate to pay closing costs or to buy down your interest rate.
Example: on a 400k purchase, you'll come to closing with as much as $8,000 less simple by working with one of my realtor partners.
Contact me on: http://www.pro-option.com
Terence Trombetti â€¢ RealtorÂ®
Licensed Florida Realtor Since 2004
Gulf Coast Realty Network
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*Contact me for a current list of active properties that fit your needs too. Conventional, foreclosure and short sales. All properties I send come directly from the Realtor's MLS system and therefore are real-time current information, only active and available homes.
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The best way to find a GREAT agent is to do your research. If you do not have a friend or family member that can recommend one, find an agent that is successful in the business in your area. Chose a Realtor that is FULL Time and willing to listen to your needs. We have a very large expanded network of qualified, top notched Realtors, I would be happy to assist you in finding the best agent for your needs.
I do agree with Steve in that all those 3 and 4 letter abbreviations after an agent's name don't mean all that much. Just because a Realtor may have taken a 2 day class doesn't mean that have any real experience to get the job done. I also think Steve got it right when he said just because a Realtor has 85 years of experience doesn't mean they have a clue. I know many long term agents who sell one or two homes a year and you wonder how they even manage to do that.
I agree with Annette, if you want a good mortgage broker, as your agent. An experienced agent has seen many mortgage brokers and banks and how they perform over the years. Unfortunately I've seen a number of good mortgage brokers over the years and because they were good, many agents recommended them and once they got busy, they were no longer that good. An active Realtor will know who is currently doing the best job.
There are essentially seven questions you NEED answered.
The right agent will answer those questions without requiring you to ask them.
If you don't know what you want,
you get what you get.
The only thing worse is asking a mortgage broker.
Two of the seven questions sound like:
"What will it cost?"
"How long will it take?"
The other five are equally essential.
If you need the other five, you know what to do.
Need a good mortgage broker. Who knows them better than a real estate profesional, Get a referral from an agent for a lender or go to http://www.BankingGrades.com
Best way to find the best Realtor?
Think about it, who really knows a realtor better than their Mortgage Broker?
Talk is cheap and if you were to listen to some they'll seem as if they have descended from Heaven above to sell you a property.
How many 3 and 4 letter abbreviations listed after their names is not what matters. What really matters is common sense and how they perform in tough situations. I've met so many who are weaker than circus cool-aid and can't negotiate their way out of a mud puddle!
I'm often hired by consumers who contact me to step in and save deals. More often than not I step into the middle of a complete mess....that could have been easily avoided! However, when I go to trying to UN-**** the deal, exposing and correcting the obvious mistakes it seems I always have to hear a realtor tell me how they've been selling real estate 85 yrs and they've never seen of done something that has basically been common practice for 25 yrs, etc.
Then there are times where I find Realtors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and cooperate to get the deal done. Realtors who work to be part of the solution.
I work with some very experienced, knowledgeable and caring Realtor partners all over Florida, so if you need a Realtor referral, email me at email@example.com
Licensed Associate Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - NY's #1 Real Estate Broker
Trulia actually helps us by letting us show our experience, as well as, recommendations by our clients. What is important to you? There are a lot of realtors, but who is actually going to put in the time to help you with your real estate needs. Please call me or email me.
by requesting assistance and waiting for realtors to respond to your questions and can answers your concerns.
I work in the Fort Myers, Estero and Cape Coral area.
I would be happy to start a conversion with you to find out what your needs are.
If a realtor does not ask you what is important to you, how can he assist you.
Call or e-mail me directly and I will be glad to assist you.
RE/MAX Realty Group
FLORIDA MORTGAGE BROKER Responds...........Finding the â€œRIGHT REALTORâ€
As a Florida Mortgage Broker who has been in the business since the 90â€™s, through the highs and lows of this rollercoaster called the Florida Real Estate Market, who has extensive experience dealing with realtors all over Florida, I can't stress to you how important it is to shop realtors in advance. But as youâ€™ll soon see, there are a lot of realtors in Florida who want your business, so shopping for that â€œRight Oneâ€ can be overwhelming! There are literally thousands of realtors to choose from in FL, and most are good realtors who will do a decent job and get you a decent deal, but as a 2012 buyer you want an Extraordinarily Good Deal!
They say that approx. 68% of consumers end up working with the first or second buyer's agent they contact. Unfortunately, soon after many buyers feel they commitment to working with the wrong realtor, but feel obligated to work with that realtor throughout the buying process, all the while wishing they had shopped more realtors in advance to find that â€œRIGHT ONE.â€
So hereâ€™s a quick 5 item test to help identify that â€œRight One.â€
Find one who:
1. treats you as if you are buying a $5,000,000 property
2. is willing to disclose good credit and scores over 700 with no Foreclosures, BKs or Short Sales
3. has a smart phone so they can answer all your calls and emails quickly throughout
4. is a broker or buyer's agent who does not have to split the 3% commission points
5. is willing to offer Realtor Rebate to buyers willing to get Pre Approved in advance
Then, hereâ€™s a simple 2 step way to get your Best Overall Dealâ€¦
contact the realtors you think you like and listen to what they say theyâ€™ll do for you. Then ask them to refer you to their very best â€œPreferredâ€ or â€œIn-Houseâ€ Lender. Listen to their best purchase strategy and ask for their best written quote on an estimated sales price, on a TBD (To Be Determined) property address.
contact me, Iâ€™ll present my best purchase strategy, show you what my realtor partners can do for you. Then compare to see which team offers the best purchase strategy and your best overall deal.
Youâ€™ll be shocked at the difference youâ€™ll find with such little effort!
WHAT MY REALTOR PARTNERS CAN DO:
WHAT I CAN DO:
NOTE TO CONSUMERS: shop multiple Lenders and realtors for your Best Overall Deal!
Call me today, I actually answer and return phone calls.
Pro Option Mortgage/ Florida
Ph: 888 662 4404
Prior Service U.S. Marine Corps
Antonio mentioned that Trulia does have a place where you can find a pro and read recommendations from past clients. I would call a few agents and see what is the best fit for you. Please take a look at my recommendations, I would be happy to help you. Please let me know if you would like more information on me or the services I provide.
Have a great day,
First of all you do want to hire a Realtor who is a member of the State and Local Realtor Associations. Our associations have Ethics requirements for membership, so you are one step ahead if your agent is also a Realtor. You can find this out online from the Department of Real Estate in your state.
Then I would go to a few "Open Houses" to meet the Realtors who are showing homes. You can find out a lot about them from just chatting at the Open House. Take a look at who is selling in your neighborhood, and then ask your neighbors and friends.
After you have a list of potential Realtors, then you can interview them and choose from there. You will be working with this person for a long time, so make sure you have good understanding and rapport.
You have received some great answers here and the one I like the best is Rick LaVan.
Call a few agents and see who answers you in a timely fashion. Just talk to them and work with someone you are comfortable with. We have lived here for 22 years and would love to help you.
Marc & Annie St Martin
I'd call 3-4 of them and see who and how they responded.
If I were selling:
I'd check to see their web presence and marketing of their current listings.
I'd pay attention to the photos they've taken of their current listings
Do they show the home in it's best light? How well is the description of the home written?
If I were buying:
I'd see what tools they would provide me to assist me in my search.
How fast they responded to questions.
How fast they can get me into view the listings I've chosen.
Then I'd see how well they have answered my initial question posted on trulia!
Have the advantage of searching like a Realtor !
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Just sign up for a listingbook account on the front page of my site, you'll receive the most up-to-date listings sent right to your inbox!
I'm a buyers agent I work for you! The listing agent works for the seller !
No tricks, No gimmicks, No harassing phone calls.
But I'll gladly answer your questions at any time !
You tell me when you're ready !!!!
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Best regards ,
Susan Callahan, ABR, CNS
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC
7205 Estero Blvd # 724 Fort Myers Beach, FL. 33931
Go to the Green Trulia bar above and click on "Find a Pro", insert your zipcode. Look at the list of agents that appears, read about them and check their recommendations. Call one or two and see who you feel the most comfortable with. Ask them to email you a list of homes and set you up for daily or weekly updates, they will gladly do so. Best of all you will get a list customized to what you are looking for and it is a FREE service from the agent. Then you can agree with them when it is time to start looking inside the units and making offers.
Regretably I do not work the Fort Myers market, but im sure you will find the right agent to help you. Which brings me to another important point, don't use anyone who tells you they are an expert on every town within a 50 mile radius. "Local cannot be outsourced". Was this answer helpful? If so please click on the "green thumbs up" or the "best answer".
Best of Luck
Must be hard to choose someone out of 3000 + agents. I would check the Internet like Trulia and Zillow for recommendations and would interview some agents. You will know when you meet the right one - there has to be an instant like and understanding!!!
Good luck with your search and please check out my recommendations on Trulia and Zillow,
Trulia and Zillow, both real estate websites showing realtors reviews.
Kirsten S. Prizzi
AC Global Property Management Lee County, LLC
FL Lic Real Estate Broker
Immobilienfachwirt / Immobilienmakler
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Location is just the beginning!