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What is the best way find a realtor?

  • September 06 2012 - Denver
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Find a local pro - someone who specializes in your neighborhood. Be wary of the big teams that send out their 'showing specialists'.
I only work Highlands Ranch - so if you need someone there I'm the local expert.
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The Best way to find an agent in your local area usually is to ask your friends and family for referals.  A good agent will usually leave an impression strong enough that his clients would like to share with their contacts.
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Reaching out to a 5 star agent (like this one) through Zillow would be a good start!
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Search on zillow by zip codes and check out some of the client reviews. Zillow kind of has a system like Yelp. Aloha Jaryd.
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Well a lot depends on if you are buying or selling or both.

Some brokers are really good marketers and can get your home on the market and in the market with a specialized marketing plan that fits the plan with the property.  Sometimes there is a whole team of professionals doing what they do best - to get you to a closing you are happy with.

Some brokers know what property values/buying customs are in a given area and are strong negotiators - helping buyers get what they need. 

I like to use my ipad for showings - complete with tours, photos, maps...
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Thanks for posting your question to Zillow.com!

Many of my clients found me on Zillow then read my reviews and we went from there.  I recommend find Realtors in the Denver area then reading client reviews of them.

Denver is the home & birthplace of my broker, RE/MAX, so if you would like me to research a Realtor in your area, just let me know!

Best of luck, hope we were able to help out!
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Ask friends or relatives, you can go with a zillow referred agent like myself, but that is only because I answer buyers questions. People who have actually worked with an agent is your best resource.
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Only use a realtor that was recommended by family or friends, they are yor best resource.
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A realtor who can put your position first, being a good listener and
a good communicator to bring your worry away is what you need.
 
I believe in excellent customer service together with the highest
integrity will bring work effectively & efficiently. 
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Great question!  The best way to find an agent is to look for positive recommendations online, ask your friends/family for referrals and see who has been selling in the neighborhood.  Be sure they are a Realtor as well, as not all real estate agents are Realtor's.  A Realtor has to adhere to a higher code of ethics.  You will also want to find out how long they have been in the business and their sales statistics.  Another indication of a top agent is someone who is committed to continuing their education in their profession so look for an agent that has designations after their names such as; CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute), MRE (Master Residential Expert), etc.
Kindly, Carrie Holmes, CRS, GRI, e-Pro
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The best way to find a Realtor to help you is to ask for recommendations from family and friends.  It is usually best to find an experienced Realtor.  I would also recommend a Realtor that devotes full time to real estate. Availability is very important.  

Ask your friends if the Realtor they are recommending returns calls and emails in a timely fashion.  

Interview the agent and ask how they would sell your home or ask questions to see how knowledgeable they are about the area.  When hiring a buyer agent, I would recommend someone that is familiar with the area for obvious reasons.

Hiring a Zillow Premier Agent is always a good possibility too!  Hope this helps!

Eddie Poole
Best Real Estate Advisors
Mt. Juliet, TN
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Ask your family and friends for recommendations, but then interview and make your own decisions about who you are comfortable working with. They need to be knowledgeable, but beyond that you will be spending a lot of time together.  Be sure you "click".  Are you high energy, in a hurry?  Or do you need someone who is more inclined to listen and move at a slower pace?  

Ask your Realtor how many clients they are currently working with.  Buyer clients take more time for a realtor to service well than listings do.

Check out their individual websites. Does it contain information they have provided about their own philosophy and work style?  See what designations they have obtained through education.   Look for recommendations on sites like Zillow or other internet sites for recommendations and answers to questions.  Google their name.

If you get started with a Realtor and aren't satisfied, make a change!  
 
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Recommendations from family and friends is a safe bet. It is important to find an agent that knows the area you are interested in very well. Look for someone that uses the latest technology and has experience. Choose wisely! You deserve an agent who will be by your side, from listing to closing. Good Luck!
  • September 07 2012
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One agent nailed it "Ask your family and friends for recommendations, but then interview and make your own decisions about who you are comfortable working with."

This is a person who will be helping you with a major financial endeavour, perhaps the biggest one of your life.    They will be paid well for their efforts.   The best agent in the world for your best friend may be a disaster for you, because you are a different person.  Therefore, you owe it to yourself to screen a number of agents and interview two or three rigorously to find the right one for you.

Zillow has some guides that may be helpful.  Here are some links:

Choosing a good agent.


Home buying one step at a time.

A buyer's guide to making the right choice.


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I feel that a good place to start in the search for a realtor is by talking to family, friends, & business contacts. The Zillow website is helpful because it provides reviews about agents from buyers & sellers. After you select an agent to contact, you still have the opportunity to meet with them and then make your own decisions. Maybe the person your family member suggested isn't the right agent for you. I do think it's important to note the agents credentials and years in the real estate business. I strongly believe that some knowledge in real estate can only be learned with working experience. If you are a buyer, see if the agent talks about Buyer Agency. It's important to understand your relationship with the agent and how they will represent you in a real estate transaction. Lastly, don't forget to ask whether there are any added fees if you do choose Buyer Agency.

Regards,
Nancy

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I think asking friends/colleagues/family who may have recently purchased a home and had a great experience.  Referrals are a great way of finding out who to use.  Also right here on zillow.  Find an agent who has had a lot of positive reviews from past clients.  That way you're not just taking the Realtor's word for it.  You're getting it direct from the consumer.

Good luck!!  Shayla Twit, Sarasota FL Realtor
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I think the best way to find a Realtor is to ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they could recommend a Realtor. Before deciding on a particular Realtor I would ask to meet with them and discuss my home buying needs.  Zillow is a great way to read the reviews of a particular Realtor.  I hope this helps and good luck!

Jeanne Bendik, Realtor
McDonald, Pa 15057 
  • February 18 2013
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