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Question DetailsAsked on 1/24/2012

where can i find a good honest real estate company

I am very displeased with the real estate salesman we currently have. His contract is soon up and I would like to try someone else. Does Angie's List cover real estate sales companies.













































































































































































































































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Wow! That's a loaded question if I ever saw one. It's not so much the company that's important in honesty as the agent himself. The company can certainly provide a structure that will either encourage or discourage success. But I would focus on interviewing agents and finding the one that seems to work with you the best. And if you're ever not getting satisfaction from your current agent, you can speak with the managing broker. Don't get hung up on brand names; most offices are independently owned and operated.

I'm assuming based on your question that you are a seller. Now do keep in kind that this is a tough market still. So of you're not priced right, no agent is going to be able to sell your home.

Answered 7 years ago by Able Realty

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Depends on what you want. If you're a seller, my advice will be somewhat difference because my experience over the years is as an Exclusive Buyer Broker.

If you're a seller:
First, most REALTORS(R) are good, honest people. There are always some rotten apples in the barrel, and I hope you don't have one of those. If you do you're right to find someone else.

But oftentimes the problem is unrealistic expectations on the part of the seller. Today's market is extremely complex, and in order to sell a house many factors have to be considered. So my first question to you is has your agent explained the complexities of pricing and the appearance of your house in a market like the one we have? Maybe you're just on the wrong wavelength. If she/he hasn't done their job in terms of seller education, then by all means, blame the agent and get a new one.

If you're a buyer:
Your buyer's agent needs to be thoroughly familiar with the complexities of the market and home values, and needs to be able to explain them to you in a way that will help you when the time comes to make an offer. Oftentimes buyers want to "lowball" an offer, especially first-time buyers who have heard somewhere that a lowball offer is the best way to get a good deal on a house. But think about that. Does it seem reasonable to you that someone who has never bought a house, most likely has never bought anything more costly than a car should have any idea at all about how to approach buying what will be the largest purchase of a lifetime? They have NO experience, but they seem to think that their knowledge is sufficient to get them to their goal.

Now on to your question: How can you find an honest real estate agent?
First ask for references of previous clients, and realize you're only going to get the ones who think their agent was terrific. You won't hear about the clients who were less than satisfied. Another way to look at their references is how many good ones do they have? A lot? Or just a few?
Then, where are you looking? If you're asking friends, that's a good source. If you're surfing the web, that can be hazardous to your health. There's so much information available! How do you know what to believe and who to pick? First, check Angie's List. You may find a good, honest agent there. Then The National Association of REALTORS(R) suggests asking good questions of the person you're considering hiring a real estate agent. Another resource you can use if you're looking to buy is "Select a REALTOR(R)" on my website.

After you've called a few agents, you'll know which one to choose. Be sure to check out the references they've given you. You'll learn a lot from the buyers or sellers who have worked with the agent you're considering.

Good luck!

Judith Clausen, Broker/Owner
Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver, Inc.



Answered 7 years ago by denverbuyerbroker

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I'm very sorry to hear about your current unhappiness with your agent. Angie's List does offer ratings and reviews on real estate agents, so check www.angieslist.com to search for local professionals.

Answered 7 years ago by Cas




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