How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent for Your Needs

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When it comes to hiring the right real estate agent, the “wow” factor is only one piece of the important puzzle. What you want to do is hire a real estate agent that fits your individual needs.

Check Their Credentials

Here are just a few real estate-related credentials to be on the lookout for:

  • Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR): A real estate agent who has completed additional education for representation of a buyer in his/her transactions.
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS): Completed additional training during the handling of residential real estate, such as houses and apartments.
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES): Completed training for the purpose of helping sellers and buyers who are age 50+.

Research Their Licensing

Would you go to a doctor who doesn’t have proper medical training? Of course not. So, why work with a real estate agent who doesn’t have proper licensing? Your state should have a license board with a database of all active real estate agents and realtors, which should be easily accessible to the public. You’ll be able to review their relevant information, including any prior disciplinary actions or vital complaints.

Ask For Referrals From Recent Clients

Ask the agent to give you a list of all the sales they’ve made in the past year, as well as a list of names and phone numbers you can call for references. A good agent will be happy to do this. When speaking with the real estate agent’s references, inquire about the asking price for their home as well as the final sale price. You may also want to know where the reference worked with the potential real estate agent, because it’s always a good idea to hire an agent who specializes in your area of town.

Browse Their Current Listings

Once you know their area of specialization, check out the real estate agent’s current available listings. Review their website, plus anything that’s listed under their name on Realtor.com and other relevant pages. The majority of buyers begin their home search on the internet. So, if you’re selling a home, you’ll want to make sure that real estate agent has a decent online presence. Top agents also know to advertise themselves on multiple platforms…and you definitely want to work with someone who is using every tool in their belt.

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19 replies
  1. Deb Pearl
    Deb Pearl says:

    My husband and I really want to sell our home and buy another home. We would love to have an agent to help us out, but we don’t know how to find one. That is a good idea to ask for referrals! I would love to talk to past clients and see if they liked the service they got. Thank you for the tips!

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  2. Kayla
    Kayla says:

    I didn’t know that when it comes to hiring the right real estate agent, the “wow” factor is only one piece of the important puzzle. My parents want to buy a rental property. My aunt suggested having a real estate agent to assist them and shared this article with them. It says that when speaking with the real estate agent’s references, inquire about the asking price for their home as well as the final sale price.

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  3. Larry Weaver
    Larry Weaver says:

    I appreciate the tip to find an agent that has a decent online presence when looking to sell your home. Moving to a new place that is closer to a school is something that I would like to do so my children don’t have to walk long distances each day. When finding a real estate agent to work with, I’ll be sure to check their online presence.

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  4. Schiro Ackermann
    Schiro Ackermann says:

    It was great how you suggested asking the realtor that we’re considering to give us a reference to their previous clients since that will serve as basis about whether or not they are confident with their service. I will make sure to note that down as I am planning to buy a house in the future. I want to make sure that I hire only the best real estate agent to help me, and this tip seems to be effective. Thank you.

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  5. Amanda Drew
    Amanda Drew says:

    That’s cool that your state will probably have a licensing board that will have a database of all of the real estate agents in your area. I’m going to be moving in with my soon-to-be husband after our wedding, and I’m going to need to sell my current home. It seems like it’d be a good idea for me to check that database and find a real estate agent for me.

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  6. Elsa Anderson
    Elsa Anderson says:

    I appreciate that you shared a few tips for finding a real estate agent that suits your needs. It made perfect sense when you said to ask for a list of previous clients and their contact details from your prospect real estate agents to perform a background check. We can do the filtering ourselves by asking questions on how the service went, as well as the asking price and the final sale price for their home. Money matters to me ever since I became a mother and I want to be sure that I’m paying for the exact value of the item I’m purchasing. I’ll certainly keep this in mind for my future reference. Thank you!

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  7. Millie Hue
    Millie Hue says:

    It’s great that you suggested checking the license board first before hiring the agent to ensure that they have the proper training in that field. With that in mind, I’ll make sure to suggest to my friend to follow these helpful tips in finding a good agent. Thanks for sharing your knowledge about real estate agents!

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  8. Gerty Gift
    Gerty Gift says:

    Thank you for mentioning that you should be able to contact their recent clients to get some referrals. My husband and I are going to be buying a new home soon and want to hire an agent to help us through the process. I think that this is going to be the best way for us to find the best person to help us find our new home.

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  9. Ria Amelia Lawrence
    Ria Amelia Lawrence says:

    It was interesting when you said that in order to find a good agent, it is best to ask for references to their previous clients as they will be happy to give some if they are confident. I will surely give this a try since I am planning to buy a home. I know that if I want the process to be successful, I need to hire a reliable real estate agent. Thank you for sharing the idea!

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  10. Schiro Ackermann
    Schiro Ackermann says:

    It was helpful when you suggested checking the licensing of the realtor that the person is considering to check their professional information as well as see if their records are clean. I will add that to the list of things that I will do because I want to be sure that only the most reliable will work with me. A house is a big investment so I want someone with good records to assist me. Thank you.

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  11. Ria Amelia Lawrence
    Ria Amelia Lawrence says:

    It was really helpful when you said that one of the best ways to determine if the real estate agent is reliable is by seeking references to their previous clients and that they should be confident to give them to the person. I will be sure to mention this to a friend since he will be buying a home soon and need a realtor’s help. Since he wants to ensure that he hires only the most reliable, he will be willing to try out any tip. Thank you for sharing this one.

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  12. Gloria Durst
    Gloria Durst says:

    I agree that you need to check a realtor’s credentials before hiring them. Making sure that they are not full of solipsism would be really helpful. My husband and I are looking for someone to help us buy a home, so we’ll have to check their credentials.

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  13. Lucy Gibson
    Lucy Gibson says:

    I like your tip about researching a potential realtor’s license. My parents are wanting to sell their home and buy a different one. They’ll want to make sure they use a professional. Checking out their license seems like a great idea.

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  14. Jenna Hunter
    Jenna Hunter says:

    I appreciate your tips to check out a real estate agents website to see if they have a decent web presence before agreeing to work with them. My husband and I have started looking at properties for sale, but we aren’t sure where we want to go. I think that an agent might be helpful in recommending good neighborhoods. We will have to look at some websites and find a trusted agent to use.

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  15. Ashley Maxwell
    Ashley Maxwell says:

    I really like how you said that a real estate agent that should be licensed. It’s nice that you said that they should specialize in what you are looking for as well. My husband and I are looking into real estate agents to help us move homes; we are looking into moving to a larger house in a safe neighborhood.

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  16. Mariah Seagle
    Mariah Seagle says:

    My brother will be buying a home for his family. It was explained here that when planning to have an agent when buying a property, it’s best to ask their license. Moreover, it’s best to hire professional real estate agent.

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