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Kris, Both Buyer and Seller in 90290

how do i check references on a buyer agent?

Asked by Kris, 90290 Sat Oct 16, 2010

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Steve Ornellas’ answer
Hi Kristin,

If you go to http://www.dre.ca.gov/gen_lic_info.html you will be able to research License Status, Desist and Refrain Orders, and Unlicensed Activities.

Each Agent's Trulia profile will likely list accreditations and client testimonials. Trulia only allows an Agent 10 testimonials, so you probably want to take a look at the Realtor's actual website as well. After you review the Realtor®'s client testimonials, pick some past clients to speak with directly (don't be steered by the agent, choose who YOU want to speak with). You can certainly ask these past clients what they liked about working with the individual, but more importantly; ask what they didn't like about the experience, and/or what went wrong and how it was corrected, if applicable.

Via the Trulia Agent Profile you can also review Trulia answers, which will give you great insight into the depth of knowledge and experience of each individual.

In CA, DRE licensees are not bound to a Code of Ethics; only Realtors® take that oath, which can be viewed here: http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/RealtorCOE.pdf Do you have to be a Realtor® in order to have solid ethics? No. Is it nice to know that the person you are looking to work with is bound to a code of ethics? Yes. You can check to make sure an Agent is a Realtor® by going here: http://www.realtor.org/rofindrealtor.nsf/pages/FS_FREALTOR?O…

Best, Steve
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 17, 2010
Call another agent to get a full printout of MLS data showing the addresses of homes recently sold in which the buyer's agent represented the buyers. From there, just make phone calls and/or go knock on the door to ask.

You can ask the agent for past clients to contact, but you're going to get the "favorite client" list from them. Taking matters into your own hands will ensure you have solid representation.

Best Wishes,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 17, 2010
Ask for the names of three previous customers to call.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 17, 2010
Hi there Kristin, Just ask the agent for references and call them. You can also contact the local board as mentined earlier and contact the sellers to ask about their experience

Kind Regards
Michael Barron
First Team Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 16, 2010
Ask for a printout from the local MLS of the agents most recent sales and call the sold buyers. Ask about their personal experience with the agent.
You'll learn by the third phone call I bet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 16, 2010
I agree with the two other posters. Ask the agent to supply names of past clients. And then check to make sure the agent doesn't have any past violations. Both will probably give you a good indication of what type of realtor he or she is.

Best of luck to you!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 16, 2010
Hello Kristin
As a former resident of Topanga, I send you good greetings from the Central Coast. There are three avenues to check on an agent:

(1) You can check the agent's background, using their name or license no. to see if he/she has been subject to any violations or penalties via the Department of Real Estate, http://www.dre.ca.gov.

(2) You can also verify with the local REALTOR® association to check on the agent's membership and professional standing. Ask the agent if they belong to one. There is a difference between a REALTOR® who is a member of the local REALTOR® association, California Association of REALTOR® and National Association of REALTOR®, and a licensed real estate agent. REALTOR®s are required to abide by the code of ethics imposed by the National Association of REALTOR®.

(3) Finally, you could also ask the agent directly for references from their past clients.

If I can help to answer any other questions, please call or text me via (805) 234-4315 or email sherry@sherrysim.com.
Web Reference: http://www.SherrySim.com
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The Depepartment of Real Estate http://www.dre.ca.gov/ is your best sourse. Let me know if you need anything else. David Norwood david@dnorwood.com 805-471-0828
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