Ethics is a whole other issue for even licensed agents/brokers/Realtors/Property Managers. The best place to start to find a good reputable agent/broker/property manager is from your own sources or sphere of influence. Family, Friends or co workers is the best place start. These referrals are the will provide your best source to find someone with ethics or a conscience of their job.
Best of Luck in your search.
I've been on both sides of the equation and speak from personal experience.
I came into the job with my own ethics and they didn't change when I became a REALTORÂ®, nor did they change when I stopped being a REALTORÂ®.
There is no guarantee that the REALTORÂ® will uphold the REALTORÂ® Code of Ethics. I could list experiences where the REALTORÂ® on the other side of the table violated the REALTORÂ® Code of Ethics, just as I could list experiences where a Real Estate Agent or Broker behaved unethically.
An Agent does not have to be a REALTORÂ® to do the job well, or behave ethically.
"Reputation is what other's know about you, honor is what you know about yourself." says it all...
Ellen Friedman, ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative)
Vice-President, Keller Williams Realty
It is *not* the job, but many people think it is.
You must be a licensed real estate agent to sell real estate. You do not have to be a REALTORÂ® to sell real estate.
A licensed agent is the "entry level" for the job. A Broker has a higher level of training. You must work as a licensed sales agent for a Broker for 3 years before you can take the Broker training and then exam to become a Broker.
There's no such thing as an unlicensed real estate agent.