Do all real estate agents have specializations?

Asked by Trulia Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Mon Feb 4, 2013

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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Chappaqua, NY
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Thank you so much for putting a smile on my face! I'm still smiling. Just click on the profiles of ALL those who've answered below. They All specialize in Everything! Gotta make you laugh. Most agents cast a wide net hoping to catch anything they can. I have sold new construction, waterfront, first time homebuyers as well as working with short sale sellers and buyers. I don't list everything. Most agents do. I guess the old phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" applies in this case. Where I think you can get into trouble is when you have a residential agent taking on a commercial deal. I think those who have all these specialties listed should check Article 11 of the Realtor Code of Ethics.

Don Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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Robert Adams, Agent, Henderson, NV
Tue Feb 5, 2013

There are some agents that try to do everything. And there are some agents that try to do a limited list of services very well. Real estate is a complex animal with many different niches. I find it hard for 1 agent to do all niches extremely well. This is why I have created a team of agents that specialize in their own specific niches and they do their specific niches very well. This has been a successful formula for our real estate team.

Best Regards,
Robert Adams
The Adams Team at
Rothwell Gornt Companies
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Brian Clinger, Agent, West Michigan, MI
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Yes and the best way to find one that meet your needs is get a referral from someone who has made a similar purchase. I would certainly ask around. Not only are you likely to find a good agent that specializes in what you need. You are also likely to find out who are the bad agents who also specialize in it.
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Matthew D'Er…, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Tue Feb 5, 2013
If you have 100 agents, you'll have 100 different levels of; Experience, knowlege, Ethics, Morrals, Bed Side Manner/Patience, Profesionalism, etc. Some will have specializations and some will just have "general knowlege". It is important for the buyer or seller to make sure thier agent is a fit for what they are looking to accomplish. It just takes asking the right questions. My wife and I becuase of our years of experience are able to help most buyers and sellers. My wife is stronger in some areas, and I'm stronger in others. We're a great Real Estate Team.

Matthew D’Ercole
Prominent Realty Group, LLC
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Rena Levy, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Up to a few years ago most agents were practicing traditional real estate with small percentage specializing in few fields like golf courses properties, V.A, retirement communities and first time home buyers.

In this market, I see more agents that specialize in a specific market nitch like Short Sales, HAFA, investors, Global buyers, loan modifications, Green Energy, x, y and etc generations and different areas of interest and fields. Almost every real estate agent today has designations after their name
showing their specialty.

Also...the amount of studying that agents have to learn every day updating new government rules and regulations and taking excessive classes online and in classes.

I would say that real estate agents today are much more knowledgeable, educated and professional.

Rena Levy
Certified International property specialist
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David Cooper, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Feb 5, 2013
Would you hire a divorce attorney to represent you in a criminal case? Someone who specializes in buying bank owned foreclosures will certainly have more skills and experience than someone list a short sale. Best to find out exactly what the last few completed transactions of the agent before making your pick on who to represent you.

David Cooper Investor
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David Cooper, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Feb 4, 2013
Real Estate Transactions have been very complex and the paperwork has so many legal consequences that over time, agents in real estate become proficient in certain neighborhoods and certain types of properties they find seem to work better for them.
Dealing in a short sale listing requires a lot more knowledge that buying all cash from a regular listing

David Cooper Investment Specialist
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Dan Rivera, Agent, Henderson, NV
Mon Feb 4, 2013
They do. Most agents specialize in being brokers. That is they are broker than most. Most agents fly by the seat of their pants but the best agents do tend to have areas they specialize in, yes.
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