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7 tips for picking a great real estate agent


When you’re selecting a real estate agent, you obviously want the best. But with agents promoting themselves through yard signs, online ads, direct-mail postcards and even sponsored public benches, how do you cut through the hype? “We don’t have the ...

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Look at how closely the agent's listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell

Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? Does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not so many that you'd be waiting days for him or her to return your call?7

Gauge the agent’s knowledge of the areaA good agent should know about other properties that are available in the area, Irwin says

Mention a house in your area that recently sold or is for sale.If the agent knows the property and can give you a few details, that means he or she really knows your area, he says

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