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What is the best way to find a real estate agent?

We're first time home buyers and I don't know anyone in our area that's actually purchased a home - so I have no way to get a recommendation. Should I just check realtor.com until I run across someone that's particularly helpful? Is there particular well know real estate agents such as Century 21 or Remax that generally has a good reputation? What would you recommend for finding a decent one?

Asked By: DrkLashes - 8/3/2007
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Attend open houses in the area and just talk to as many as you can. You'll come across one that you "click" with, and that's a much better way of finding an agent than a cold call to the office or walking in and getting whoever meets you at the door first... More
Answered By: sortaclarksville - 8/3/2007
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Check with a large organization as you mentioned. Try out an agent, but DON"T be afraid to get another if you are unhappy. I did it for a while and there are all kinds in that business... More
Answered By: Ronin - 8/3/2007
 
well i think the best way is to look up numbers in the phone book...... and call them and ask them how they do there work and maybe that's the way you can find out....
Answered By: nikohl - 8/3/2007
 
Ask people in the neighborhood. Watch a lot of TV commercials, and READ MANY ADS (Newspapers, buiness listings, Commercial ads, etc.) LISTEN TO LOCAL RADIO STATIONS.
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Answered By: Charles v - 8/3/2007
 
Does your state allow you to be your own agent... More
Answered By: xtravar - 8/3/2007
 
well the best way is postcard every time in mail u can get aleast one card of realtor. i am also a realtor let me know if you want help i'll guide u
Answered By: chem-mystry - 8/3/2007
 
Agents vary widely in their level of knowledge diligence and honesty within the same company... More
Answered By: Mike - 8/3/2007
 
My reccomendation would be Re/Max Realty Associates in Munster, Indiana (if you are from around that area). I, along with many others would rate them as a 20 on a scale of 1-10!!! Either way, like the other answerers stated, find one you are comfortable with and dont be afraid to change if necessary! GOOD LUCK AND... More
Answered By: onehotttmommy - 8/3/2007
 
I GO WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED. PROVEN HARD WORKER FOR A REALESTATE AGENT.
Answered By: parrowmike - 8/3/2007
 
my first answer would be to tell you to ask around, you can do that even if you are new to a community. then there's always the BBB, or you can check the Internet for ratings, i would say that well established Realtors such as century 21 or remax would be reliable, but remember each has their own Realtors, you can also... More
Answered By: Shirley D - 8/3/2007
 
I am a realtor with Prudential in Ca.Go to Realtor.com. You may find some Ideas. Make sure The Realtor is from the area you are planning to buy so he/she is famaliar with the neighborhood." Do not get emotionally involved with a property until escrow is closed!
Answered By: ebay_singh - 8/3/2007
 
By having several interviews with several agents.Paying very close attention to each.By... More
Answered By: willie j - 8/3/2007
 
-internet -yellowpages -newspapers -friends -familly -go in person to an open house or to their location.
Answered By: zoolance - 8/3/2007
 
I agree with the others that in any office there are those agents who are good, and those that just sit around waiting for things to happen. I would ask people, even those that have never bought a house, and let them know you are looking for recommendations. Someone who knows someone who has had a good experience is... More
Answered By: Prosthetic Lips - 8/3/2007
 
referals. really makes a difference.
Answered By: Ozeki - 8/3/2007
 
why get an agent, start looking at fsbo homes first. you will get much more for your money. we bought our first two houses fsbo and made plenty when we sold(saved commission when buying and selling, which equaled about $50,000. in total)Good Luck!!
Answered By: Amy - 8/3/2007
 
ask one online... you'll 50,0000 of them leaches spamming your e-mail box by sundown..
Answered By: puenembra - 8/3/2007
 
ok well there are heaps of real estates but depeds on what country your in, i live in australia so i go to www.realestate.com.au but im not sure about any other country
Answered By: ikii - 8/3/2007
 
Since youre a buyer you dont have to pay for it so i would go with the biggest local broker because they will have the most listings. Also, try to get a well known and experienced agent because they may have leads on properties that arent listed in the MLS yet.
Answered By: drunkbomber - 8/3/2007
 
After spending months looking for the perfect house for us, the BEST way to find an agent is the internet! Enter in "real estate/(your state)". Anything imaginable will be provided. And they ask specifics what you're looking for. Actually, also enter in your city for the local agents because even though the big... More
Answered By: dawnUSA - 8/3/2007
 
If you have a computer then go to www. and were ever you want to move to then type in real estate. oh and go to goggle first. hope my advice worked.
Answered By: blueju - 8/3/2007
 
I would call a large real estate office, such as ReMax and ask to speak to the agent who won the "top producer" award last year.
Answered By: Nezz - 8/3/2007
 
All of the answers are good.... You need to interview several agents. I would find homes in the area you think that you want to live, look and see who has listings there. Call on the sign and tell them you want to talk about them being your Agent. See who listens to you, see who responds the way you want to be... More
Answered By: whitneymagnolia - 8/3/2007
 
As a Realtor, I would definitely ask several people for referrals for Realtors that they have used in the areas that you are interested in buying... More
Answered By: Curiosity's Kat - 8/3/2007
 
Wow! It is amazing the advice you are getting. As a realtor I agree with some of the advice but not with all of it... More
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Answered By: sara h - 8/3/2007
 
Good question. Well lets begin here to be honest not all well known Real estate companys are the best! In todays market and having a computer as i now see you really can do your own shopping. Ok now start making a list as you look around thye computer at so many of the homes available. Do you know what your looking for... More
Answered By: realman7777 - 8/3/2007
 
I'm not sure that you can ever hire anyone to do a job and be a hunderd percent sure. The best thing that I have found is to take out a 3 THREE Month contract with them and have an option to terminate them for ANY reason if you think they are not doing their job. In general I do think that larger agencies spend... More
Answered By: Mildred S - 8/3/2007
 
in the REAL YELLOW PAGES!!
Answered By: Albi - 8/3/2007
 
Im a real estate agent, depends on what you are looking for in what area, zillow.com is a great place to start researching and it will show you all the homes for sale in an area and will lead you to an agent
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Answered By: Dom J - 8/4/2007
 
unfortunately there's no such thing as a decent real estate agent... they are basically the same as car salesmen. i am not bashing them, just speaking my mind from experience... More
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Answered By: clump y - 8/4/2007
 
I need some body to help me for this I can"t do it a none i need help, I dont want make a mistake ,It not a small thing as I think.
Answered By: Tell the deal - 8/4/2007
 
You may want to work with a few and see which one makes you most comfortable. Since most agents can see all of the same homes available in a given area via an MLS system, the big difference from one agent to another will be experience, drive, personality, and overall knowledge of the market. Don't waste your time or... More
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Answered By: TheDude - 8/4/2007
 
I personally like to go on recommendations. That way you get first-hand insight from someone on what worked/didn't work... More
Answered By: Hermosa997 - 8/4/2007
 
Um DUH! Yellow pages!
Answered By: youthpastor1955 - 8/4/2007
 
Once I was looking into buying this condo, the RE agent I didn't like, but I meet another one at an open house I really liked, so she became my agent on that condo I liked. end of story... More
Answered By: Juneau1965 - 8/4/2007
 
This is my business - I work with an affiliate of realtors - we do home inspections and home warranties (do NOT not get a home warranty... More
Answered By: Lisa N - 8/4/2007
 
As a former Realtor and Broker of 10+years, let me say that with todays vast online resources available to buyers and sellers, a reasonably intelligent person can navigate the entire buying/selling process without shelling out exorbitant fees! It's work, but balance that against the cost of say $12,000.00 for selling a... More
Answered By: heavymetalrick - 8/4/2007
 
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Answered By: youngminiva - 8/4/2007
 
If you are staying in your area, go to open houses, make some phone calls, see who follows up with your inquiries and who blows you off. You want to work with a Realtor who is helpful and fits your needs. Some Realtors are very good with first time home buyers and will slow walk you through the process. Others are... More
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Answered By: godged - 8/4/2007
 
you put the lime in the coconut you take it for a ride
Answered By: Maria2Blue - 8/4/2007
 
by going to a real estate
Answered By: Stephanie P - 8/4/2007
 
Just trus your heart,be yourself
Answered By: Suleiman S - 8/4/2007
 
Ok what you want to do is look in the newspaper and find some names or you can go on google.com and type in realtors for your state area or zip code and what u wanna do is make sure you put in your appliaction.
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Answered By: Virginia all day 757 - 8/4/2007
 
Century 21 is well known, they have a decent reputation, they are not top-of-the line. Start with Century 21, if you don't like them, drive around the areas where you want to live and see which Real Estate Agencies, have a For Sale Sign on the lawn. Make a list of the agencies and call them.
Answered By: newyorkgal71 - 8/4/2007
 
We've bought three houses and I still can't answer that question. They are salesman and do not have your best interest at heart...just their commission. Some would say to pay an agent to make sure they are acting only for you, but I still don't trust them. Of the three agents we had, one we picked blindly by calling a... More
Answered By: butrcupps - 8/4/2007
 
you should ask your friends and family ya' know snoop around
Answered By: answer24 - 8/4/2007
 
first you have you to go outside and pull up your shirt then all the real estate people will come to you only the best ones
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Answered By: Janice B - 8/4/2007
 
I prefer to use different agents for different things. I generally like to get to know them before I do business with them. That way, I know whether or not I feel comfortable with them or not. I like the agent to represent my company and what my interests are. I feel that certain qualities are important to the... More
Answered By: bpl - 8/4/2007
 
Like lawyers, all you need do is prick your finger, they'll smell the blood !
Answered By: Brad V - 8/4/2007
 
well u can look at adds in the directory or u can look in the newspaper....or if u have a friend that just recently bought a house then just ask them .....and i perfer remax than century 21.....hope this helped
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