QUALIFICATIONS TO LOOK FOR IN EVALUATING AGENTS
Experience and education are excellent means to evaluate competence among real estate agents. Some elements to look for include is the agent:
-----Properly licensed and a member of the National Association of Realtors?
-----Preferably a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Broker licensing is far more stringent than that of the salesman's license. Thus it can be expected that a licensed broker will have more knowledge of laws and real estate procedures than salesmen, all of which is to your benefit!
-----Is the agent a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)? The CRS designation signifies that the Realtor has satisfied additional education requirements beyond that of the normal license and has met specific experience requirements as well. Fewer than 5% of real estate licensees nationwide have received this CRS designation, which should not to be confused with company-sponsored certified relocation specialist titles.
-----Is the agent a qualified buyer's agent (ABR)? The Accredited Buyers Agent (ABR) designation signifies that the agent has completed a series of instruction on properly representing buyers.
-----Does the agent have significant experience in selling homes in the area?
-----Is the agent affiliated with a highly respected firm? This provides you with reliance upon that company's standards of operation and usually continual educational programs for the agents.
-----Does the company have nationwide presence? This assures you of services in other areas, including relocation.
-----Does the agent offer you references from previous clients and permission for you to contact them?
-----Does the agent live in the area in which you are interested. This would offer you more depth of knowledge about the locale and future referrals to local workmen.
-----Is the agent involved in the Community? Have the agent's children attended the school, been involved in local sports, etc. This may provide you with greater depth of area information.
-----Do you relate well to the agent and feel comfortable in requesting assistance and sharing personal information?
Following this guide you should be able to select a real estate agent who will be a partner in reaching your goals.