Some of us are Charlie Buell....

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Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential

We often tell consumers, when asked, that the best way to find a Realtor, is to ask your friends, family members or someone you trust, for their references of Realtors that they've worked with and liked.

In today's market, many of the young people are going to the internet. Sites like Angie's List, Yelp, Zillow and even our own revered Active Rain offer insights, and testimonials for consumers to review, but honestly all of those site, the reviews are from strangers that you don't know... so what is their opinion worth to you.  You don't know if they're high-maintenance or low-maintenance... you don't know if their likes are your likes, or if their needs are your needs.

When soliciting a recommendation from friends and family, at least you know who you're talking to... you know what their opinion is worth to you.  You know that aunt Esther is really, really picky... so if that Realtor could please her, then she must be good. Searching the internet is a good start, but don't stop there.

And when you do get a recommendation from a relative, don't just take their word for it.  Interview the agent, and see if they're a good fit for you.  Just because cousin Wilbur liked me, doesn't meant that you and I will be a good match.

And the problem with Realtors (or inspectors, or stock brokers, or plastic surgeons for that matter)... is that you won't know if you have a bad one, until it's probably too late.

Do your research, ask your friends or family... neighbors who just bought or sold... a good real estate agent can mean all the difference between a good transaction, or the attempted home sale from H-E-double-hockey-sticks.

And just like home inspectors, we're not all created equal.  Some of us are Charlie Buell, and some are strivers, and some are phoneys (those who just "phone" it in).  Don't hire the phoneys.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Hannah Williams
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Funny you should mention this .Went on a listing over a year ago ;told them what they didn't want to hear ;the truth. Two Agents later .They called me back and I don't even know if I can sell it for what I told them I could a year ago .. But I can sell it

July 31, 2012 02:42 PM
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Alan May
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Tatyana - not sure I like the idea of "anything" pursuing me... but hey, what the heck.

Charles - well, in fairness... you ARE Charlie Buell.

Richard - a real estate techincal term... "next".

Hannah - I have no doubt that you can.

July 31, 2012 04:04 PM
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Donald Hester
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Alan, I am going to have to get the big pin out to pop Mr. "B's" big head now ; ) Do you know how hard you just made it for us to talk to him?

Just kidding... good stuff.

 

I sure hope I get past the striver some day ; )

July 31, 2012 10:31 PM
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James Quarello
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I think the online reviews are often used by complainers. I received a review by someone who would not identify them self, whining about how the extra services cost, well extra. What they didn't bitch, um say was there was a problem with the inspection, just the price. So I do agree with you, ask people you know for referrals. 

August 01, 2012 05:59 AM
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Donald - I know, he had trouble fitting his gigantic melon through the doorways before...

James - yep.... if people are happy, they might tell a friend or two... if they're unhappy, they'll broadcast to the world.

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