One way is to google them! Try it, google me :)
You'll find great reviews, and some new up and coming activities from me. I'm very determined to help my clients! I'm also very active with the community, and I pay attention to what my clients say.
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I'm great at communicating with my clients, I'm young and energetic, and... I'm here for you! I will happily provide current and past clients for references! Feel free to contact me via e-mail or even pick up the phone and call me... any time.
Mark Fleysher, 702-534-4446
Having been involved in Real Estate for nearly all of my life, I can tell you in my honest opinion that I agree with those who mention referrals and recommendations from Friends, Family and Co-workers. When professionals talk about how they measure the "SUCCESS" of an agent, they look at different criteria then the actual buyer or seller. If you are a BUYER, the number of closings the agent had in the last month is not an indication of the quality of service that agent will deliver to you. But attention to detail, ability to find suitable homes based on the criteria you provide, Follow up, Market Knowledge, Negotiation Skills...these are all basic skills any Realtor should possess, but unfortunately many do not. It is important to find an agent who is a Full Time/Career Realtor who will be available to you when you need them. Best of luck to you.
Charlene Weston (Cobelo)
Smith and Associates
You said "Completed SOLDS is the only way to measure the success of a real estate agent. Everything else is PR"
While I agree that experience is critical I don't think an agents volume of sales can be an indicator of how helpful that agent will be to Dallas or any other home buyer.
I just read a good article touching on this very subject:
To borrow a thought from the article: McDonald's sells more hamburgers than anyone else, but if you're looking for the best hamburger and the best service you probably want to look at more than how many Billions they've served.
Good agents interview the client just as much as the client interviews them. You may want the moon for under 100K, if they can't deliver, a good agent will tell you so upfront, and will discuss with you an alternative. The first meeting establishes the relationship and sets the standard from that point forward. Many buyers and sellers have unrealistic expectations, and sometimes it is because they are not completely aware as to what is going on in the market whether good or bad. It is the agent's job to educate you and keep you involved and up to date on the current market trends. You do not want a "yes man/woman." Although it may seem helpful and accommodating, it can actually hinder you from the ultimate goal...buying a home.
One last point I have to bring up to all the other posters, and this is just my opinion. I don't believe that having a "staff" makes for a better agent. I don't believe that if an agent doesn't "answer the phone" they are a bad agent, as long as the call is returned promptly. I don't believe that "numbers" make one agent better than another. Without going into detail, numbers can be easily misinterpreted.
Should everyone buy a Hyundai because they are the most sold car today?? Do you drive a Hyundai?
Should everyone buy in 89131 because it's one of the most sold zip codes? Do you live in 89131?
I agree with almost everyone in this post; it's a variety of factors that connect clients and real estate professionals. It's the social connection, the friend's positive experience, the agent's portfolio, the agent's spoken languages, the agent's experience and specialty (e.g., Sue Tonic focuses on short sales, and will close more short sales than me or you), the exposure the agent provides to certain targeted markets, the agent's resources, the agent's adaptation to new technologies, and much more.
There's no one factor that is right or wrong, everyone is different, and everyone connects on different levels and factors.
And, we live in a free market so that we can choose what we want, not what we're told; we can make our own decisions based on our own criteria.
Additionally, asking local friends and family who has successfully helped them in the past is traditionally what most folks do. Good luck!
just starting, they would be more ideal to work with. They are usually more patient and are more up to date
regarding changes in the Laws, Rules and Regulations. The Real Estate Commission doesn't just give
Licenses out, you have to earn them. You can always check to make sure they are Licensed by visiting
the State's Real Estate Commission website. Whether the Agent has sold or listed homes before, doesn't mean that they are the best fit for a particular person. We all as new Agents have to start somewhere. We can all be hired and then fired if we are not working up to your standards. If you are looking for a Licensed,
Patient, Hardworking, Dedicated Realtor in my area (BR,LA) and surrounding areas , please give me a call.
Cynthia Robertson, Realtor
Gardner Realtors BR
Broker and Property Manager
Southern Nevada Property Management
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, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL email@example.com
Unwavering Commitment to Service, Unsurpassed Results
1. a cell phone
2. a web site
3. full time ? Is real estate their career?
and follow up with a couple of calls and see how long it takes to have them return your call.
Look for someone who knows your market, knows all the issues that can crop up in a home purchase and, most importantly, communicates well with you. People have all matter of styles. If the person you interview doesn't listen to your stated needs, then you probably need to go to the next agent.
Interview several Realtors from different agencies. Big brand doesn't always translate to big service. Make sure you talk with some individuals at independent agencies who come well recommended.
Best to you,
of Longmont, CO
Within my own practice, I've done incredibly well with one client, they then refer someone to me, and it doesn't go as well.
Buying a home is an incredibly personal, and emotional process. I recommend going out with an agent to see a few homes in order to 'check them out.' You might equate it to a first date. There's no way to really check out a potential spouse other than spending a llittle time with the person.
The agent you want to work with is experienced, but not so busy that you spend all your time working with their assistants. The best agent for you is someone with whom you can communicate, and who really listens to what you need.
You are absolutely right that every licensed real estate professional is pre-screened and monitored, but all agents are required to take continued education. And the actual rate of people who renew their license after the first year is actually low.
And, I do agree that new agents generally have a lot of time (as they are not busy with clients or stuck in some routine). And, it's also important to some extent that the client and agent connect on a social level.
However, knowing the laws and understanding real estate practices are very different. Understanding your clients needs, knowing how to present strong offers and negotiate, and actually completing a transaction comes with experience... not knowledge of the laws. New agents are generally required to shadow experienced agents for quite some time before taking on their own transactions.
It's like a kid learning how to swim... they can think that they know how to because they can stroke their arms and kick their legs, and they can tell people they know how to swim, but until they are in that water, they really can't swim.
If they won't produce some form of evidence to the number of transactions they've successfully closed, it's because their embarrassed to let you see it. (What does this tell you?)
I have always maintained you should not consider doing business with anyone who isn't closing at least one transaction a month at a minimum. Closed transaction are the only real indicator of how active the agent your considering is, and how well they negotiate. While referrals and recommendations speak more to the agents character. I'd be as wary of an agent who closes 40 transaction a year with no referrals as I would of one who has lots of nice comments written about them but only closed 6 transaction in the past year.
My motto has always been "trust your gut". Your gut never lies. Meet a few potential realtors at their office, see how you feel, and then check out the agent on the internet. You can also call Brokers of firms and ask them for a track record of the agent you are interested in.
Our realtor population in Las Vegas has shrunk in half. The agents that have been in the business for over 5 years, and are still standing know what they are doing. The weak have been weeded out. Thats great news for people like you!
If you would like to check out my office, it would be my pleasure to introduce you to my firm, my Broker, and the track records of my production and our company production.
Good luck! Diane Varney 702.401.0307
More often than not it boils down to chemistry between you and the agent. You need to be able to work with and trust that your agent is working hard for you. In my opinion you should interview a few agents and ask them questions about how they conduct their business. Are they a fulltime agent? Do they have a strong marketing plan if you are a seller, or a good listener if you are a buyer? Understanding a buyers needs is essential in helping find the right home. If you are an investor you might ask the agent to find you homes which, will give you the best ROI and see what their response is.
Feel free to give me a call for consultatio/interview. I appreciate the opportunity.
Coldwell Banker Wardley RE
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Call me at 702-684-7000 and talk to me personally and if you decide to deal with me, you will be 200% satisified. I will help you with your closing costs.
Especially if the agent in question is from Texas but has lived in Vegas for over 8 years. You'd get the best of both worlds...hint hint!
Just throwing that out there.
Interview agents to find the one that best fits your needs. Be sure to ask about their track record and stress what is most important to you. The agent will most likley be also interviewing you to see if they want to work with you.
Besides the fact that you should hire a qualified Realtor, you need to get a good vibe from an agent that you are able to partner with and look up to him/her for advice on one of the largest financial decision you will make in your life. Although general qualification, references and experience are few required qualities your agent needs to have, you need to simply feel comfortable with their work style and be able to trust them along the way.
Go to trulia.com. Trulia is one of the premiere sources to find a local agent that could fit your needs. Look at the reviews of the agent. Are they positive? How many people have reviewed the agent? Do the reviews look legit?
Most agents can provide the basic functions you'd need to buy or sell a house. Only a few go above and beyond. Find out who they are!
Experience means a lot in this business - especially now when so many investors and home buyers want excellent value when they buy. I learned from the best and I worked for the best. I've learned home design, construction and sales from the likes of Richmond American Homes and DR Horton. I got a close up look at the home building industry when I first started out working for Daystar here in Longmont.
A face-to-face meeting can tell you a lot. You can see from my office wall that I am an accomplished sales manager. My knowledge of the local market and home building is apparent when we talk. And you should feel at ease when talking with me. I show an interest in your needs and you can tell.
Do the homework. Check with the state to find excessive complaints. Then interview several agents.
Best of luck there in Las Vegas.
I think the best way to check out an agent is to call them. If they answer their phone you're off to a good start. If they don't answer their phone, see how long it takes them to call you back or if they call you back. Then, of course you will want to interview them. Check out web sites and the Nevada Real Estate Division to see how many complaints they may have. I think it's important to be able to contact your agent at a time that is convenient for you. If your agent dosen't answer their phone or return your phone calls they're not the agent for you.