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how to find out if a realtor is legitimate?

Asked by Shannon, Phoenix Skyline West, Buckeye, AZ Sat Oct 15, 2011

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If by "legitimate' your asking if that realtor is licensed, each individual state has a licensing website that allows you validate whether or not someone is actively licensed. Additionally, with the internet being such a resource in marketing for Realtors, you can search the web to look into reviews, accreditations, and search the roster on the real estate firms website that individuals is employed through.

I hope this helps.

Mallorie Wilson
Associate Broker
Century 21 Diversified
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Trying to find out if a Realtor was born out of wedlock is difficult.

Leo
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Shannon:

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 Realtors® 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 Realtor® by going here:
http://www.realtor.org/rofindrealtor.nsf/pages/FS_FREALTOR?O…

You can check the status of a DRE Licensee and their Broker (and past violations) here:
http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp

You can check for Desist and Refrain Orders, and Unlicensed Activities here:
http://www.dre.ca.gov/cons_DandR.html#licensing

While not required to receive excellent representation, consider searching for a Realtor who is also an Accredited Buyers Representative here:
http://www.rebac.net/MembershipDirectorySearch.aspx


If you are looking for something more specific please post exactly what you are trying to accomplish.

-Steve
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Shannon,
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 everyone’s rights and obligations. If there are inconsistencies, get some help.
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Numbers speak volumes in today's market. Check out the local board of Realtors and do some research on the agent you are considering.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 27, 2013
Call or go online to your state's real estate licensing agency.

Just having a license doesn't make the person a Realtor.
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Trying to find out about a realtor dianna tillman. an someone help me? I am in detroit Michigan.
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Go to the your local Department of Real Estate website and type in the agents name--it will show you if there license is active and also, whether there are any claims that have been made against them through the Department of Real Estate.
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Dear Shannon,
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!
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The DRE will give you status of agents. A Realtor is a member of the local, state and national assocations of Realtors. Check with the local association for status of Realtors.
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Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
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1) Check their license # with the DRE for status and any diciplinary actions on record.

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,

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
Web Reference: http://www.oggikashi.com
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Since you asked in a San Francisco, California forum here is a San Francisco, California answer:

First you can verify if and how they are licensed here:
http://search.dre.ca.gov/integrationaspcode/

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:
http://members1.car.org/CAR_UMS/loadSearchScreen.do?searchTy…
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Hi Shannon,

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.
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In New york real estate professional should show the lisence if the professional asked to do so.With the license number and state license department any one can check the status of agent.
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A Realtor should have their license # on their business card. You can check the license # on the DRE website. If you speak to a good, experienced Realtor, you probably wouldn't even question that person.
Web Reference: http://CharleneAttard.com
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You can check with the local Board of Realty, try a Google search of the person and company of affiliation, ask for references, etc.
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Hi Shannon

Check out this website to see if this person is listed :

http://www.aaronline.com/ConsumerAssistance/FindARealtor/


Arizona Association of Realtors.


Hope this helps!

Kevin Cullen
Web Reference: http://kjcullen.com
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Shannon,

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.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
lance@fixedrateproperties.com
415.722.5549
DRE# 01384425
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