Want to see through the hype to hire the best real estate agent?
There are things you can do to pull back the curtain and accurately assess a real estate agent’s past performance and potential success with your home, even though when it comes to choosing real estate agents, “we don’t have the information that we have about other service professionals,” says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, in Washington, D.C.
So whether you’re the buyer or the seller, here are seven ways you can find out more about your agent before you hire.
1. Talk with recent clients
Ask agents to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year, with contact information, says Ron Phipps, past president of the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, or NAR. Before you start calling the names, ask the agent if anyone will be “particularly pleased or particularly disappointed,” he says.
With past clients, “I’d like to know what the asking price was and then what the sales price was,” says William