A Realtor is a broker or agent who is a member of the Board of Realtors, an organization that follows a code of ethics beyond state license laws. It is realtors who sponsor the Multiple Listing Service to which every real estate agent in the country is beholden for listing or searching prospects. Shopping for a real estate agent should be no different from searching for any other professional, like a lawyer or an accountant. If you know someone in the business – such as an escrow officer, title representative, or homeowners’ insurance salesperson – ask for a recommendation. When interviewing prospective agents, ask questions about the local market and expect informed answers on the spot. If they have to call you back after they check the listings, it could be they’re not doing due diligence.

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