Without any obligation, you can invite local REALTORS® to visit your home and give you a “listing presentation” about why they’re the best ones to market it for you or to help you buy a home. Two to three presentations will probably give you a good opportunity for choice. A listing presentation includes having the REALTOR® review with you the reasons why you should work with that particular individual, and providing you with information that will assist you in making initial decisions about selling or buying.
Recent laws in every state have defined the duties of someone specifically retained as a real estate agent. Most states require a real estate agent to explain his or her role at the outset of any conversation. A professional agent will promptly provide this such a disclosure. Look for an agent who:
- Is a member of the local board or association of REALTORS®
- Explains and discloses agency relationships (the role of the agent, i.e., who they are representing–the buyer or the seller) early on in the process, at “serious first contact”
- Advises you on how to prepare your home for the market
- Shows some enthusiasm, listens attentively, instills confidence, operates in a professional manner, and has a complementary personality style to yours