Like most professions, experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job.
Real estate professionals have to take additional specialized training in order to obtain these distinctions. Designations and certifications help define the special skills that an agent can apply to your particular real estate needs. One designation buyers should look for is the ABR®, or Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.
This will tell you how much experience they have and how up-to-date they are on the local market.
This is one indication of a REALTOR®’s pricing and negotiating skills.
While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, your REALTOR® should be able to explain his or her philosophy on client obligations and agency relationships.
Practitioners should be able to recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with any of the providers.
The best answer here is a question. A real estate agent who pays close attention to the way you prefer to communicate and responds accordingly will make for the smoothest transaction.
Ask their former customers if they would use the agent again in the future.