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Does Zillow employ agents who specialize in buyer representatives?

  • January 03 2011 - Clearwater
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Donsue60,
As other have stated, agents appearing on Zillow are not employed by Zillow. The nature of your question suggests you may not be fully aware of the role the real estate professional fills in a real estate transaction here in the state of Florida. When you meet with the agent you select, make sure you a conversation about the role the agent plays in representing you..
  • January 25 2011
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The agents that you see on Zillow are not employeed by Zillow.  You will see agents that have listings as well as agents that pay to promote themselves via Zillow.  There is an accrediation - Accredited Buyers Representative that is offered by the National Association of Realtors - you may want to search for an agent that has this accrediation however not all buyers agents have this accrediation.
  • January 04 2011
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Zillow allows agents to register on the site and post their profiles, but does not employ them.  Ask friends and neighbors for agent recommendations, and work with one who you find knowledgeable and think will be a good personality fit for you.
  • January 03 2011
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I agree that it is best to speak with more than one agent. Sometimes the agent who sells the most is not right for you!
  • January 03 2011
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Zillow does not employ agents per se, like Redfin.  Those agents that you see along the right hand side are most likely agents who are paid advertisers.  Your best bet is to look through the directory of agents in the area you are planning to move and contact a handful of them and interview them.  Make sure to have a list of questions you'd like answered and see how they respond.  I'm sure you will get a feel for one that you connect best with.  You should inquire as to what it is they will do for you and how they separate themselves from the other agents.  There is a designation known as the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) which means the individual has taken some additional classes when it comes to representing buyers.  This is a nice feather in the cap, but is merely a supplement to real life experience.  Best of luck in your search!
  • January 03 2011
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No, Zillow does not employ agents.  Nor does Trulia.
What you can find on Zillow, on the FAQ tab, are some great hints about choosing an agent.
  • January 03 2011
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On the right hand side of the page Zillow displays agents you can call.

To find an agent in your area you can search the Directory of agents (top menu bar).

On each reply you can also click on the "Agent" button to view the agent's profile information.
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Hi,  If you want to find an agent who specializes in Buyer representation, click on the agent's profile and they will tell you what they focus on.  You can also call agents in your area and ask them if they focus on listings or buyers primarily. 

  • January 03 2011
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Zillow is a website.  The agents who participate on here are not employees of Zillow, just participants.
  • January 03 2011
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