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 RealtorÂ®'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 RealtorsÂ® take that oath, which can be viewed here: http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/RealtorCOE.pdf Do you have to be a RealtorÂ® 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 RealtorÂ® by going here: http://www.realtor.org/rofindrealtor.nsf/pages/FS_FREALTOR?O
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.
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Best of luck to you!
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 REALTORÂ® 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 REALTORÂ® who is a member of the local REALTORÂ® association, California Association of REALTORÂ® and National Association of REALTORÂ®, and a licensed real estate agent. REALTORÂ®s are required to abide by the code of ethics imposed by the National Association of REALTORÂ®.
(3) Finally, you could also ask the agent directly for references from their past clients.
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