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Liz Domar, Other/Just Looking in Elkins Park, PA

we sold a house--now don't like apt. living at all, what is the method of hiring an agent to look for us etc.

Asked by Liz Domar, Elkins Park, PA Tue Sep 11, 2007

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It typically starts with referrals. Ask friends or family about anyone they know and trust. If you can't get any names that way, resources online like trulia can show reviews on agents in your area. Find a few agents and give them a call. No harm or problems with interviewing them to get to know them a little bit.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 15, 2015
Best to look for an agent in your area. Then interview them to ensure they are looking out for what you are interested in. Be as specific as possible in your desires. Get a pre-qual. letter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 9, 2015
Get pre-qualifed to ensure that you know your "comfort" range. Then, determine the area(s) that interest you so that you can contact local offices to come up with a group of agents to interview OR go online to come up with a few houses to see and interview the agents who show you the houses. The fact is that, unless you can use your prior agent or unless you know someone who can recommend an agent, anything that you do is "potluck": you have no control over who answers a phone in an office (or who sits at an "open house") and may NOT want to work with the agent who has a listing that interests you.

To maximize your chances, interact with a number of agents and maybe one or two will stand out. Do not sign a contract unless you are convinced that you have found the right agent for you and DO NOT accept a referral from a lead generation company that randomly sells your contact information to an agent who them has to pay them for your information.

Best wishes!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2007
how about just calling up the agent who sold your home, and have him do it! If you dont like him then go to the town you like and stop by the local offices and i am shure you will find the right agent for you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
I see you are in the Philadelphia area. Is that where you will be looking for a home? If you know the area that you want to live in I can help you find a few realtors to interview. I work in Delaware and the Southern part of Pennsylvania. I meet many very competent realtors through classes and other functions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
I recommend you interview a few different agents, if no one in your family or friends base can recommend one to you.
some agents require you to sign an agreement that you are working with them exclusively others dont... But I highly recommend that you work with someones whos personality you can relate with. Dont put so much influence on the little years or so many years that an agent have been on the job. we all have access to the same information. and everyones work ethic is different.

I wouldnt put to much thought on a fulltime or parttime Realtor either.... if someone wants to work for you and you can relate with them ....trust me they will do their best for you....... most realtors for the most part are ready to do a great job for you.
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