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					How to Find a Real Estate Agent

Finding a good real estate agent is an important part of having a
seamless real estate transaction. The problem is finding a good real
estate agent. The best agents are not necessarily found in the biggest
companies, the best agents do not necessarily make the most money. What
you need to find is the best agent for you and for your situation.

Here are five tips to help you find a great real estate agent.

1. Attend open houses. If you attend an open house, this will give you
the opportunity to meet real estate agents without the pressure of simply
going to their office and talking with them one-on-one.

Interact with them and collect a business card. Make notes on each card
you collect. If selling your home is what you are thinking of doing, pay
particular attention to how the agent is showing the home. Make notes
about whether the agent is polite and informative.

2. Search online for an agent. Do a Google search and look up profiles
of individual agents. Do your homework. Newer agents might actually
have more time to spend with you. If possible try to find customer
testimonials.

3. Referrals are one of the best ways to find a great real estate agent.
Ask people that you know who they have used in the past and then ask them
to describe what their experiences were. Ask if they would ever use the
agent again. If someone has had a good experience with a real estate
agent, he or she will be happy to let you know.

4. Realtors are different from real estate agents. While all Realtors
are licensed to sell real estate, not all real estate agents are
Realtors. A Realtor belongs to the national Association of realtors and
a pledge to follow a code of ethics. Less than half of all real estate
agents are realtors.

5. Look at print ads. Check out the ads for real estate in your local
Sunday newspaper. Look up the websites of the agents that are
advertising. Contact them and ask them about their experience.

By using these tips you can find a great real estate agent and be on your
way to a successful real estate transaction.
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