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What to look for in a REALTOR®

First and foremost, look for a long-term professional familiar with the area where you live. You should also insist that the person be a genuine REALTOR®, which assures you that the person has committed to a strict professional ethics standard and is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (the word REALTOR® is a registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS®).

Many agents are also members of the State & Local Associations of REALTORS®. An absolute must is that the REALTOR® subscribes to the local computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so that your property is exposed to the maximum number of potential buyers.

The REALTOR® should also offer a variety of other promotional tools as well:

  • An effective Web site

  • Local newspaper ads

  • Professional looking sign

  • Home warranty plan covering major systems of the home (for usually a one-year period)

You should also look for an agent that can screen the showings of your property. This allows the agent to be up-to-date on showing activity, mention special features of the home by providing professionally developed marketing brochures to showing agents to give an opportunity for more marketing communication.

Lastly, you should look for a REALTOR® with a strong background in both education and experience which lends itself to successful marketing, negotiating, and most importantly, securing the sale of your property.


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Doug and Kathie Whitehouse
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