How do I know if the agent is ligitimate and good?

Asked by Lucy Carter, Brooklyn, NY Tue Jul 17, 2012

I do not want to work with an agent who is not properly licensed or experienced.

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Michael Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Jul 18, 2012
To achieve all your goals, you'll have to run three sets of screens for a 1) licensed, 2) experienced, and 3) good agent.

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.
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Mitchell Fel…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Tue Jul 17, 2012
Dear Lucy:

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 and go to the Department of State to look up if an agent is actually licensed, this link will take you there:

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
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Charles D'Al…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Thu Jul 19, 2012
All good answers from my associates! I wrote a blog that I have posted below, I hope it can help you.
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Janet Nation,…, Agent, Baldwin, NY
Tue Jul 17, 2012
I wouldn't be asking an agent to show his or her license, it doesn't start a relationship on a good foot. Would you ask a doctor, dentist, or attorney to show you their licenses. Anna provides a link to the prefect website below, it takes seconds.

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.
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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Tue Jul 17, 2012
Ask for MLS statistics & actual properties closed. To be in most MLS you need to be a licensed realtor in good standing.

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.
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The Stephen…, Agent, Portland, OR
Tue Jul 17, 2012
Check with the Realtor Boards. Start with NAR (National Association of Realtors) and then their should be a NY board of Realtors and even a local city board as well that you can check with.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Jul 17, 2012
If someone showed me their license as an EMT or a passport to Chili, I would have to confess...I don't know what a real one looks like. That to great publishing and printing software...some things can look incredibly REAL.

Mithcell has the right idea...."You can also go onto and go to the Department of State to look up if an agent is actually licensed, this link will take you there:

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,
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Jul 17, 2012
Ask to see a copy of his/her license, also see link below....interview more than one agent from different realty companies, then choose the one you like best....
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Luke Constan…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Tue Jul 17, 2012
Look for references. You can do a search on their name via google, explorer, yahoo, etc. As in any business you're going to run in shady people or people with very little experience. Just because someone says they have experience isn't always true.

Here is my number: 212 300- 3919

You got my number now research my name on line.

Good luck with your search.

Luke Constantino
Commercial | Residential
Direct: (212) 300-3919

(Legitamate enough for you?) :-)
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