- “Whether planning to purchase or sell real estate, to find an agent, start by asking a friend, family member or lender for a referral for someone they’ve worked with,” says John L. Scott Real Estate agent Peter Roberts.
“And if you have specific needs, like a language barrier, or special housing preferences, ask an office broker to refer you to someone who has the best skills in that area.”
“Fifty percent of the agents out there have five years or less experience and may not be as familiar with the market. In addition, find out if they are full time or part time. Full-timers tend to be more committed to keeping current. Ask if they have a resume you can review.”
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"Looking at houses online is fine, but real estate is a ‘high touch business,’ and the Internet is ‘no touch,’ ” he adds. “Having a real person to talk to you, understand your needs and help you through the process of making the biggest purchase of your life is invaluable.”