You can ask friends, family, and business associates for recommendations. If you are new to the area, your human resources department may also be able to provide you with a list of recommended real estate professionals. You may want to speak with several before deciding who understands your needs the best.
The ideal real estate agent knows the area very well, is knowledgeable about the real estate market, has resources and contacts to help you obtain your perfect house, makes you feel comfortable, listens to your desires, respects your wishes, and will work hard to find you a home. It is not easy to figure out if a person has all those qualities in just one meeting.
Before you meet with a real estate agent, you may want to do some research on that person and the company he or she works for. Start with the Internet, does the real estate agent or the company he or she works for have a presence on the Internet? Is the website informative? Does the website provide information that you can use? A website can display not only homes for sale, but also the knowledge of the real estate agent about the area. It also gives you a feeling about how a professional does his or her job.
If you are not comfortable with the Internet, look in the local newspapers and at the “for sale” signs in the community. Does the real estate agent advertise in the local newspaper? Does the agent or his or her company have several listings in the area you are looking to move into? The more homes listed by this agent, the more expe-
rienced this agent is in this locale.
For more information on real estate professionals, how to find one, their code of ethics, and other important information about buying and selling a home and the housing industry, visit the official site of the National Association of REALTORS® at