I hope this helps.
Century 21 Diversified
Assuming you are looking to buy in CA and in regards to finding a Realtor, each Agent's website will likely list accreditations and client testimonials. These sites, as well as a review of their Trulia contributions will give you good insight into the depth of knowledge and experience of each individual.
Note that 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
You can check to make sure an Agent is a RealtorÂ® by going here:
You can check the status of a DRE Licensee and their Broker (and past violations) here:
You can check for Desist and Refrain Orders, and Unlicensed Activities here:
While not required to receive excellent representation, consider searching for a Realtor who is also an Accredited Buyers Representative here:
If you are looking for something more specific please post exactly what you are trying to accomplish.
If by "Legitimate" you mean licensed, you can check out the State Licensing Board's list of agents. This is a public record, so it shouldn't be hard to find.
If you want to know if they are honest, this can be more difficult. As in all professions there are some bad apples mixed in with the good. If you are asking as a renter, consult the landlord tenant law to know everyoneâ€™s rights and obligations. If there are inconsistencies, get some help.
If you mean, do they have a California Real Estate License, you can look that up at the California Departmant of Real Estate online. I would RUN from anyone you have this much doubt about and look elsewhere!
2) Google them.
3) Check reviews on zillow, Trulia, yelp and other such sites.
4) Ask for their references and make calls.
5) Interview them and ask the tough questions.
6) Visit their offices.
Best of luck,
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
First you can verify if and how they are licensed here:
Next, understanding the definition of Realtor as opposed to Real Estate Agent, you can find out if a California agent is a member of CAR and therefore a realtor here:
Every State will be different, but when we look for a Realtor to refer to, we check the state license sites, we ask for the agents production record from the MLS for they past year or two, we ask for references and check the references, and then ask those references for another person who can give an opinion about the Realtor. We google the realtor along with words like "ripoff, complaint, fraud" to make sure there are no horror stories. Finally we call and speak with the Realtor to make sure they seem well-informed and a good match personally for our client.
If your question is how do you find out if the realtor is licensed, you can look them up on the Department of Real Estate website - http://www.dre.ca.gov
If you have some other question about specific behavior being abnormal or something like that you need to be more specific.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker