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seller123, Home Seller in Burlingame, CA

Is there a n independent ratings/ comments site for real estate agents, much as there is for restaurants,?

Asked by seller123, Burlingame, CA Fri May 30, 2008

doctors, hotels, etc.? My and my family's mutliple experiences with real estate agents have not been satisfactory, despite utilizing referrals from friends and family. We are not an unusually picky family and have been satisifed with service from other professionals but it is hard to separate good from bad real estate agents. It's not even a situation where one can be fairly certain of getting good service by paying a higher price.

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I am a realtor in the Dallas area and the best advice I can give you is to ask the agent for written testimonials from his/her clients. I keep a book of these from both buyers and sellers. My company has hired an independent company, J.D. Powers , to send to buyers & sellers after closing, a survey to complete. They are to return it to my corporate office and I do not even see it until the survey is forwarded to me by my corporate office. If you would like some assistance in finding a realtor in another area of Texas, please feel free to contact me. We also are involved relocation brokers that must minimum standards. vrippner@verizon.net
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Seller123,

Excellent question ...

Paying more doesn't mean you're getting more -- especially in todays market.

As far as rating sites for realtors, there's a few around ... the problem is they seem to be outdated and perhaps not updated enough.

The issue .. you need to have a rating site that is protected for the consumer - by the consumer ... actual names, dates and contact information, this way false information can't be propagated into a rating.

Also this means consumers can get honest ratings .. and not something that was dropped the day before by the agent or his next door neighbor or by another agent on the next computer 20 ft away.

You need a system that can't be hacked into by the original agent, this way giving their own counterfeit information .. sadly, unfortunately we just had an occurrence of this.

On a positive note, consumers had a chance to understand it ... now they'll take even more steps in their protection of finding a quality realtor.


Good luck and happy hunting.!

: ^)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
I'm surprised anyone would refer someone to you that wasn't satisfactory. I would think they'd tell you to stay away! My advice is to start talking to agents. If you don't click with the first one, move on. Don't you have any acquaintances who are agents? My thinking is if you don't have a friend who is an agent, you have no friends.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 31, 2008
I haven't heard of a real estate agent rating site either. Sorry. .

Wonder why others refer those agents to you, assuming that they havd good experience with those agents, but somehow you and your family had problems with the same agents. Too bad that I dont' work in your area - I'd love to help change that experience.

My company does have great referral service and a database of great agents to work with. If you are interested, let me know.

Sylvia
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 31, 2008
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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I'm not aware of any. Someone on here has been talking about putting a site together for that purpose.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 30, 2008
I am sorry to hear your experiences have been so negative. One thought is to Google potential candidates. Good Realtors will have testimonials...and there are plenty of sites for consumers to criticize Realtors (and other professionals and businesses) such as Yelp.com. Good luck!
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Cindi Hagley…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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