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  • Credentials. Real estate agents must be licensed in the state where they operate, though the licensing requirements vary between states. Make sure the agent has a current and valid real estate agent license before agreeing to work with them.

  • Experience. Housing markets can vastly differ across the country, even within the same area. It’s important to ensure the agent you choose has experience in the market you’re buying or selling in.

  • Reputation. Customer reviews can tell you a lot about a real estate agent. Read online reviews and ask the agent for references so you can speak to their former customers.

  • Expertise. Some real estate agents specialize in certain types of property. If you’re buying or selling a condo, it’s a good idea to go with an agent specializing in this type of property rather than one mainly working with single-family homes.

Questions to Ask

  • How will you help me find listings in my price range? Ask whether the agent will be proactive in finding listings that meet your requirements and are within your price range and how they will search for potential matches.

  • Will you help me make a competitive offer once I’ve found a home I like? It’s crucial to find an agent who will help you come up with a competitive offer to increase the likelihood of it being accepted.

  • How will you help with negotiations with the sellers? A real estate transaction is rarely straightforward. Ask the agent you’re considering working with how they will work with you to negotiate with the seller and come to an agreement.

Vetting Your Realtor

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