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Selecting A Realtor

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  • find out how well the agent knows areas you are considering
  • inquire about credentials, licensing and areas of expertise
  • learn if the agent belongs to the Multiple Listing Service
  • ask about the types of homes the agent typically deals with
  • look for an agency that provides more than just house-hunting
  • good agents should contact their clients every week
  • get a list of satisfied clients as references
  • find out what % of asking price agent's homes sold for in last year
  • find out how many days agent's homes stayed on market
  • if you doubt an agent's abilities, choose someone else


  • school and community information
  • customized relocation packet (city, housing market, financing, etc.)
  • a service to find medical personnel
  • agency that can assist with rental property for interim housing
  • agency that will help with a spousal employment search
  • ability to video-tape houses to show absent family members
  • info about activities, day care, and retirement centers


  • advertising specifics (brochures and flyers)
  • an open house agenda
  • a plan to inform other Realtors in the area about property
  • mailings and phone calls
  • "agent's opens" or "caravans"
  • get quantitative promises (when and where ads will run, etc.)


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