Selecting a REALTOR ®

Selecting a REALTOR - How to evaluate an agent

In making your decision to work with an agent, there are certain questions you should ask when evaluating a potential agent. The first question you should ask is whether the agent is a REALTOR® . You should then ask:

 

    • Does the agent belong to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and/or a reliable online home buyer’s search service? Multiple Listing Services are cooperative information networks of REALTORS® that provide descriptions of most of the houses for sale in a particular region.

 

    • Is real estate their full-time career?

 

    • What real estate designations does the agent hold?

 

    • Which party is he or she representing--you or the seller? This discussion is supposed to occur early on, at "first serious contact" with you. The agent should discuss your state's particular definitions of agency, so you'll know where you stand.

 

  • In exchange for your commitment, how will the agent help you accomplish your goals? Show you homes that meet your requirements and provide you with a list of the properties he or she is showing you?

Information is provided from Realtor.com How to Choose a REALTOR®
Not all agents or brokers are REALTORS® -- there is a difference.
Selecting a REALTOR ®