Is there any difference between a "relocation specialist" and any other realtor? What is it?

Asked by Julia P Fleming, Dallas, TX Tue Jan 20, 2009

I have yet to find a realtor who has actually seen any properties that they recommend. I am doing all the work and all they do is get me into the home. The realtor who helped me to find the home I presently own could answer almost any question I had whereas the ones I speak to now (10 years later) don't even offer to find out answers to questions, they refer me to others to get answers. What happened to "seasoned professionals?"

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ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Wed Jan 21, 2009
The "seasoned professionals" are few and far between. To help you better find someone look for the following, and ask these questions:
1) What is their background? What did they do before Real estate?
2) What specifics do they know about the market? Do they have the ability to run reports on the fly about your specific area?
3) Do they understand construction tools and techniques?
4) When are they available?
5) What continuing education have they completed beyond the required yearly classes?
6) Is their website custom built, specific to the New Orleans area, or a cookie cutter version from their broker?

If you ask question #'s 5 & 6, you will quickly identify those agents in the top 5% of being able to help you most effectively combining knowledge with quick current answers to your needs.
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Tom Inglesby, Agent, Portland, OR
Tue Jan 20, 2009
Some agents today are worried about giving you information and they will direct you to where you can find the answers yourselves and are lazy about previewing homes for you in advance. It is part of the job until you know what the buyer is really asking for? What a style is to one area is might be different in another so until you sort it out you need to develop a feeling for your buyer. Some companies have a program the agents take to make them qualify for the designation of relocation specialist like if you were helping a USAA client. Good luck in your search and if you would like a referral to the Louisiana area I would be more than happy to help you. I am USAA approved relocation specialist.

Tom Inglesby, Broker
ABR,CRS, CLHMS, EA S.T.A.R eco broker
RE/MAX Equity Group
Portland, Or 97239
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Daniel, , Baton Rouge, LA
Sat Jan 24, 2009
A relocation agent pays a subscription fee to get leads for customers , thats all

then the relocation agent has to split their commission with the company that gave them the lead

Its a total scam
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Daniel, , Baton Rouge, LA
Sat Jan 24, 2009
There is no difference.

Any Louisiana licensed Real Estate agent can assist you in finding a home

There is no distinction in the license, and shame on any agent that PRETENDS to have an edge on others
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Katherine Ra…, Agent, Mandeville, LA
Wed Jan 21, 2009
A Relocation Specialist is trained to work with relocation companies which can be quite different that working directly with a property owner. It sounds like what you are looking for is a someone whose specialty is handling the buyer side of the transaction.
Even though realtors are compensated by the seller at the close of the transaction, you should be "hiring" your own buyers agent. Ask friends, coworkers, and church members for recommendations and then interview a few agents before selecting one. In your vetting process you should ask how many homes they actually tour each month. Many agents rely exclusively on the MLS Database and its photos and do not enter a home unless they are showing it to a client or listing it.
Ideally you want someone that you feel comfortable with and who is well connected within the realtor community. With the large inventory, it is next to impossible to preview every home that comes on the market, but many areas have regularly scheduled agent tours so that several homes can be toured in a short period.
Be upfront with your realtor and let him/her know what specifics are important to you. The more details you provide, the easier it will be for your realtor to pinpoint the properties that may fit. Most importantly, let your agent know that you want him/her to preview homes before you set an appointment to see them together.
Keep asking questions! If you are in the St. Tammany area, I'd love to interview for the opportunity to represent you.
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Dana Schuster, Agent, Slidell, LA
Wed Jan 21, 2009

Where in Louisiana are you located?

Dana in Slidell
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