Zillow Advice: Buying Process - How do I find a reliable realtor who would help me? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate We have an association of ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ We have an association of Accredited Buyer Representatives. The Realtors listed there have taken additional courses to improve their skills in negotiations and working with buyers in general. You can find it online at www.rebac.net. I would recommend you call a few of them in your area and set up meetings. Work with the Realtor that you have the best Rapport with. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2014-12-02T17:16:00Z I am so sorry for your loss, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ I am so sorry for your loss, this is truly a difficult time for you. Any Realtor <br/>can help. I work with a lot of clients who are moving to other areas and will refer them to a local Realtor....who will give them the same high level of service I provide my clients. Please feel free to call me, click on my name. You can also research realtors on Zillow and read their reviews.<br/>Again, my heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-12-25T11:01:00Z Agents that are referred ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ <p>Agents that are referred by a satisfied customer is best source, I work with some great agents if you need a refferal.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 05:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-12-25T05:39:00Z You should give my friends ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ You should give my friends at&nbsp;[removed by Zillow moderator]&nbsp;a call Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-30T15:43:00Z Do you have a family member, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Do you have a family member, friend or co-worker who has recently used a realtor? I think a personal referral would give you the best peace of mind. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-27T12:03:00Z Question #9: What Percentage ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Question #9: What Percentage Of Your Business Comes By Referral? If your agent gets less than 25% of new business through referrals, it may be because 1) The quality of service they offer is not up to standard (hence, people don&rsquo;t feel compelled to refer to them after a transaction), 2) They lack the marketing experience or skills required to market for referrals (which means they may not bring strong skills to your transaction), or 3) They don&rsquo;t cultivate contacts in their business (which means they won&rsquo;t have many people to speak with about your home). Question #10: How Many People Do You Speak With Each Day About Real Estate? This question will tell you how connected an agent is, and how active they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;talk-up&rdquo; your home to buyers, or finding a home for you by talking to other agents. Hopefully your agent talks to at least 40 people a day about real estate. If not, they may not be very active. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-23T07:05:00Z Question #6: What Systems ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Question #6: What Systems Do You Have For Tracking The Home Market (buyers) or Tracking My Home Listing (sellers) On A Regular Basis? If you&rsquo;re a seller, you want to price your home correctly, and be regularly updated with important buyer activity. How many calls did you get on your home this week? What marketing strategies did you use? How many home visits from other agents did you have (and what were their comments)? If an agent does not have specific systems for measuring and reporting these items, perhaps you should consider someone else. Question #7: Do You Guarantee Your Performance? Some agents will give you a blank stare at this question. If they do, you might want to consider taking your business elsewhere. Why? Because you need to know if your interests are aligned. Is your agent willing to stake their successful outcome with yours? Why shouldn&rsquo;t your agent also guarantee their performance? Question #8: Can You Refer Me To A Reputable Mortgage Lender, Banker, Appraiser, or real estate Lawyer? This question reveals how active the agent is, and how well connected they are professionally. At some point in the buying or selling process, you will need the services of a reputable, competent lender, appraiser, title company, etc. If your agent is active, committed, and diligent with their practice, they&rsquo;ll be able to give you a few names of each right on the spot. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-23T07:04:00Z Question #4: Can You Give ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Question #4: Can You Give Me A List Of Client References To Call? An agent who doesn&rsquo;t accumulate a list of satisfied references either doesn&rsquo;t do much business, or isn&rsquo;t providing the kind of service or follow-through you need. References don&rsquo;t always need to be past clients. Get professional references as well: Bankers, mortgage lenders, appraisers, attorneys, etc. Question #5: Do You Have A Formal And Written Marketing Plan For Selling Homes? This question applies more to sellers than buyers, but both should ask. Your agent&rsquo;s marketing plan needs to be deep &ndash; not just holding open houses, entering your home on MLS, or running classified ads. The key to selling a home is CONSISTENCY. Your home must be consistently marketed to those people capable of buying. This cannot be accomplished if an agent doesn&rsquo;t have a diversified arsenal of marketing strategies. Look for special ideas, consistency, and persistence in their marketing plan. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-23T07:03:00Z Remember: All Realtors&reg; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ Remember: All Realtors&reg; Are NOT The Same! Unless you have experience interviewing people, and Realtors&reg; in particular, you won&rsquo;t always know what questions to ask. Further, you won&rsquo;t always know what answer will best suit your needs for buying or selling. So here&rsquo;s a list of 10 important and insightful questions you should ask ANY Realtor&reg; BEFORE you sign anything&hellip; Question #1: How Long Have You Been Practicing Real Estate? How productive they&rsquo;ve been in each year in practice. Some agents in business less than 5 years may have more experience than other agents in business 10 years or more! You want to know how many brokers they&rsquo;ve worked for, and what kind of experience they have that will apply directly to your real estate situation. Question #2: What Qualifications Do You Have To Sell Real Estate? First, look for their overall education. Do they have any Realtor or professional designations? How often to they invest in improving their skills and keeping up with technology and other industry trends? Experience should also carry over to negotiating and financial skills. And don&rsquo;t forget the ancillary experience required for real estate. Question #3: Tell Me About Your Personal Real Estate Operation? For example, do they have an assistant to take home inquiries when they&rsquo;re not in the office? Do they have a pager, cellular phone, email, and other methods of reaching them? Do they have a business, either under a broker or on their own (a tell-tale sign of a top producing agent)? Here&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;re looking for: The more an agent invests into their own success, office, and systems, the more they&rsquo;ll be able to commit to you. To be continued... (Wont fit in 1 post) Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-23T07:03:00Z I'm so sorry to hear of your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.<br/><br/>Before contacting agents, spend some time determining what you can spend and getting preapproved by a lender.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's a link to Zillow's master section called "<a href="http://www.zillow.com/wikipages/Buyer%27s-Roadmap/">buyer's roadmap</a>".&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>When you are ready to talk with agents, interview rigorously.&nbsp; Like all professions there are some great agents, some lousy agents and many average agents.&nbsp;&nbsp; You owe it to yourself to find the best agent possible. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 03:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-a-reliable-realtor-who-would-help-me/469258/ 2012-11-23T03:44:00Z