That being said. You sould choose a realtor you feel comfortable with. The main things you should be concerned about are:
1.have they ever had any complaints against them filed with the department of Real estate
2. are they a memeber in good standing with their local boards.
3. Do they listen to you
4. do they return your calls in a timely manner.
Remember, Walmart sales way more shirts than Nordstrom, but I think you would agree the level of service you receive from Nordstrom, and the quality of the product is far superior to that at Walmart.
Quality of service not volume of sales is the real test of a great realtor!
Best of Luck to you.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
It won't be easy to "verify the claims" of a Realtor who's word you don't trust. You could call the broker, but you might not get that information from them either. I doubt the MLS will give you this information either since you are not a member of that organization. Title companies have it...if you know which title company was used.
Take my advice and interview a few more Agents. There really are some very honest and hardworking Realtors out there!
Best of luck!
But, do the agent a favor, will you - tell them, even if after they make their claims, that you're going to check up on them. I think they deserve the courtesy of knowing that you don't trust them.
Any MLS member can look that up for you. What I might suggest is to talk to a few agents, ask them to bring a laptop....Starbucks is my favorite office :)....and have them show you the stats directly from the MLS itself.
Since you are doing your homework, you can also check for any complaints by looking up the license with the California Department of Real Estate. Be sure and ask for references and call....ask for a transaction that was difficult to complete...either with financing, or appraisal, or difficult agents, something which demonstrates the work ethic and creativity of the agent. You need to make sure that you have an agent who won't disappear when the going gets rough and has the experience to know how to handle things.
I work and live in Orange County, I'd love to buy you a Latte and show you the closed sales I've done, if you are still interviewing Realtors. I would invite you to read some of my blog posts and answers to questions here on Trulia and/or my website....see if you think we might be a fit.
And if you need any help or OC agent referrals, let me know!
Keller Williams Realty
You might want to take a look at the blog attached to the link below.