The first is easy. Just ask the agent to whip out his license. You can verify the license number with the department of real estate. I've always got mine at the ready, but sadly, it's never left its slot in my wallet.
For the second part, you'll have to do some homework. You can start by looking at the length of the track-record of the agent, shown by the closed transaction records on the MLS.
For the last part, you'll have to follow your gut. Talk with the agent and see how she/he responds. Or, if there's a forum like this, just read his responses to see if they make sense to you and you alone.
Have the agent show you his or her license and ask them how long they have had their license for. You should also do a Google search on their name/company name and see what comes up. You can also go onto http://www.NYC.gov and go to the Department of State to look up if an agent is actually licensed, this link will take you there: https://appsext7.dos.ny.gov/nydos/selSearchType.do
In addition to that, you should speak to friends or family members who have had a good experience with their real estate agents and find out who helped them. If you can't find a good agent that way, when you talk to an agent ask them for referrals and use your best judgement.
If you want you can also contact me, I consider myself to be legitimate and good. Either way, good luck! :)
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Referrals are always the best choice when looking for an agent. Who is a good agent? Just use your gut instinct when talking to that person if they are right for you, if you can't get a referral, it's really that simple.
Experience can be a number of different things, find someone who can actually sell and market a home. If someone has sold 100 homes at 150K and they want to list your home that's worth 500K, are they experienced enough to do it? They certainly have experience but it's not necessarily making you confident they can sell your home.
Mithcell has the right idea...."You can also go onto http://www.NYC.gov and go to the Department of State to look up if an agent is actually licensed, this link will take you there: https://appsext7.dos.ny.gov/nydos/selSearchType.do
Every state has a state licensing board. Of course you can always call the agents broker also. Most agents here on Trulia appear on dozens of websites including their franchise websites. So, it becomes reasonably easy to resolve the "properly Licensed' issue.
Good, however, is a different story. All Brooklyn agents are good. If they've been in business more than five years, they are really good. :)
Best of success in finding your new home,
Here is my number: 212 300- 3919
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Good luck with your search.
Commercial | Residential
REMAX PARK SLOPE
Direct: (212) 300-3919
(Legitamate enough for you?) :-)