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Question DetailsAsked on 9/11/2012

How can I select a good realtor. What questions should I ask to get one that is reliable and honest

I am in the process of getting my home ready to sell it. I need guidance on how to select aan honest and reliable real estate agent and real estate company

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Honestly, as a realtor, I think the only real way to check reliability and honesty is to get to know some Realtors. Most people don't have time for that when it comes time to sell. I recommend interviewing a number of Realtors and asking for two things: 1) 3 referrences to seller clients they've worked with in the last 6 months, and 2) Ask them how they'll be marketing your home.

The references should be home sellers. call them and ask them what they liked about the Realtor, and what they didn't like.

With the marketing, what you're looking for is what they'd do in addition to all the normal stuff. After it's in the MLS, what then? What actions will they be taking to actively sell your home? Most Realtors will list it on the MLS, do a few open houses, and that's it. You want the Realtor does most of the following: Has professional pictures taken (important!), produce a virtual or video walk-through tour, MLS listing, open houses, brokers tours, posting on all the big sites (Zillow, Trulia,, etc), post your home to real estate networks, and get it in front of local buyers in various creative ways.

Hope this helps!


Answered 7 years ago by DavidGowans


Don't forget to check Angie's List for member reviews and rating of realtors in your area. We have two video tips the cover questions to ask realtors:

*5 tips to help buy a home
*5 tips to help sell your home

Here's hoping these help.


Answered 7 years ago by HughV


It depends on your goals. Some people want to sell quickly while others want top dollar. Agents work the same way. Top dollar rarely sells quickly while quick sales rarely get top dollar.

I recommend doing a google search for real estate in your area. The top listings are the ones that are spending the money to attract buyers. Take the top five or six companies that come up and set appointments with them. Be prepared to spend some time with each of them to get to know them a little. Your "gut instinct" will go a long way toward choosing the right one. Get their proposals and discard the "outliers" (the ones that are much higher or lower than the average). Look at their strategies. Discard anyone who doesn't give you a detailed listing of the comparable SOLDs in your area.

Public Open Houses are for agents to get more buyer clients - not to sell your home. Broker Opens will show off your home to brokers who have clients.

In my experience, the best agents have the highest rates. Discount brokerages generally don't put the effort in to present your home in the most attractive way possible.

Most of the homes actually sold are sold by cooperating agents through the MLS. Most of the homes sold are sold by agents that sell less than 10 homes per year. Unless you have something extraordinary about your home (i.e. waterfront retreat) advertising outside the MLS is largely a waste of money. Don't buy into that gimmic. The one additional source for quality buyers is that your agent is a member of a relocation network.

The best agents will tell you to rent a storage unit and move out a lot of your things - including pets! De-clutter to the minimum you can survive on. This makes the home look more spacious and easier to prepare for that "last-minute" showing to someone from out-of-town. They may recommend that you hire a professional "staging" company. If they do - then DO IT!

To answer your question - you shouldn't have to ask any questions. A great agent will take control of the meeting and lead you through the process. A great client will listen to the agent and comply with his or her recommendations. A poor agent will roll over and play dead when you object to suggestions.


Answered 7 years ago by Vern


As a top Realtor, I would recommend reading the agent reviews,then setting up an appointment to meet the Realtor. Not an appointment to strategize about homes you are hoping to see,you are there strictly to find out whether you want to work with that Realtor and whether that Realtor wants to work with you and if you want to work with them to then start to define your house hunting or selling goals . Please understand, agents do not work for free. The hours you take from them are hours they can spend working with other clients and/or precious hours left to spend with their family. Be willing to sign a buyer's agreement (which has to be signed before you purchase in North Carolina anyway) If you were working with a doctor or attorney, they would not work for free, do not expect an agent to give up their time for free either.They are not a tour guide, if you are moving to the area, be willing to identify the schools you would like to live near and areas you are interested in. Do not ask a Realtor to 'show you around' There are too many subdivisions and too many variables for that. Its your home, you are going to live there, do your homework . You can certainly ask an agent to map out a route for you. Once you have identified key areas then go look with the Realtor.
A good Realtor is worth their weight in gold, listen to them, they are there to protect you and your money and to make sure that either the sale of your home or the purchase of a new home is based on solid financial advice.
Best of luck in your house buying or selling!

Answered 7 years ago by SharonLewisHomes


I would look for an A Rated Realtor from Angie's list. You would probably be able to also contact the people who the Realtor did work for. It won't take long to find out if they are straight forward or not. Also, look for an actual REALTOR, not just an agent. A Realtor is a member of the local, state and national realtor associations and abides by the professional code of ethics which includes Honesty and fair dealing with clients!

Source: Dorene Slaivtz-Realtor

Answered 6 years ago by DoreneSlavitz

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