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Real Estate Agent Secrets

Like undercover spies, great real estate agents can be difficult to find, unless you know where to look. And knowing who to trust is even more important. 

When working with a secret agent, it's all about trust. If they can't be trusted, you might end up shot in the back. And when you're working with real estate agents, the same warning applies, just not literally.

While most realtors and real estate agents are trustworthy, it's still a good idea to be cautious. Some realtors have agreed to follow the code of ethics set down by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), while others have not. However, agreeing to a code of ethics does not guarantee ethical behaviour. So, as always, do your research.

A profitable brokerage with a nice office building might be a good place to start. Success could be a good indication that they have a track record of ethical and trustworthy business. Unfortunately, sometimes that is not the case.

As mentioned in the previous post, Trustworthy Moving Companies, Where Are They?, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) can be an excellent resource. On the BBB website, they have ratings, comments, and recorded complaints about real estate agents.

Most people don't know that landscapers, mortgage brokers, bankers, and movers all work very closely with real estate agents. Ask us. Ask them. Most professionals are quite willing to give you their recommendations. In addition, your friends can be great resources for finding the right agent.

Bonus tip: When seeking sensitive information from a friend, it's better to follow conversational methods to extract information. Remember, friends don't interrogate friends.

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