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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Considering what some consumers pick, I'm not sure professionalism is so high up in their hierarchy of needs. LOL
You can say someone that gets paid is a professional. But that doesn't exactly work here either, does it?

Someone well trained and highly skilled with a cultivated demeanor who adheres to the dictates of their industry, its laws, practices and standards.
How bou dah? ūüėÄ

Nov 14, 2017 06:28 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I think it's someone who knows the numbers, knows the business, for sellers, gets marketing and behaves in a truthful, ethical and businesslike manner. I would say how one presents themself is also a factor. 

That would include but, is not limited to simple things like using spell-check on all correspondence, answering their phone and/or returning calls in a timely manner, sharing their Contract knowledge (and knowing the legal documents inside and out) and having reliable vendors to share with clientele.

Dress the part, play the part and LIVE the part!

Nov 14, 2017 06:35 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR¬ģ, Broker

I go to the dictionary, I look up "professional real estate agent" and I see my picture.

Nov 14, 2017 06:43 AM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I think it is someone who does not lie, cheat or misrepresent...(and pays their referral fees).

Not necessarily at the top of the consumers list, because they do not understand the real estate game.

Eve

Nov 14, 2017 06:59 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

One size does not fit all and what one consumer looks for is not what another consumer looks for.

Nov 14, 2017 06:49 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR¬ģ - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is a Gestalt answer. A question of perspective.

Nov 14, 2017 06:35 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto Candice A. Donofrio and Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Nov 14, 2017 12:33 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one.

Nov 14, 2017 09:10 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

I love how Candice A. Donofrio described a professional.  I would just add impeccable manners, thoughtfulness and having the guts to NOT work with someone that is not a match.  A

Nov 14, 2017 07:15 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

One who understands the transaction process and has local inventory knowledge! 

Nov 14, 2017 06:35 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

One who really knows the business and the local market.

Nov 14, 2017 06:26 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Technically, any agent who sells real estate and only sells real estate for a living.

That being said, it's amazing what passes as a "professional" agent these days.

Nov 14, 2017 03:44 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

as opposed to ....???????  I guess there are some consumers who have crossed paths with UNprofessional real estate agents..... just sayin'

Nov 14, 2017 08:10 AM
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Ken Jones, ASA, SCGREA
Institute of Real Estate Technologies - Newark, NJ
Kenneth J. Jones

Peter den Boer As in any other endeavor, a "professional" is one who makes their primary source of income at doing something specific.

Nov 14, 2017 08:05 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

The less than 1% of the agents in my market.

Nov 14, 2017 07:37 AM
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Debe Maxwell, CRS gave an excellent response... A professional must also be a listener - and be willing to pause and hear the client...

Nov 14, 2017 07:14 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Someone who knows what they are talking about. Start with that

Nov 14, 2017 06:38 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  They are looking for an agent who will get them a deal.

Nov 14, 2017 04:55 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A person who know their craft and appears to be a professional

Nov 14, 2017 04:47 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I tell a Seller who is shopping around for an agent, if you're going to meet with agents other than me ask them how many homes they have sold. I think results speak louder than a fancy car, a designer suit or a MBA. 

Nov 14, 2017 04:29 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I believe honesty and integrity is what they are looking for, but good luck to them, for the most part.

Nov 14, 2017 03:43 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Peter den Boer A professional real estate agent is competent and knowledgeable with the market.

Nov 14, 2017 11:39 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Someone that has a track record of success, listens, of good character and has tons of knowledge.

Nov 14, 2017 10:18 AM
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Joe D'Agostino
NMLS# 729950 - Manahawkin, NJ
Mortgage Officer 46 years!

Like in the mortgage business, a good Realtor should:

1) Dress like a professional, neat, clean and well groomed.

2) Know your business laws and ethics and never compromise either.

3) Drive a clean, well maintained car

4) Never tell someone you were "Too Busy" and forgot to call.

5) If you do not know the answer, be honest and tell them you will find out.

Probably more, but I think these are the most important.

 

Nov 14, 2017 09:19 AM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Best in Buyer Representation

Knowledge, morals, ethics, caring, licensed? I don't like the word, it means not much. Too broad.

Nov 14, 2017 08:27 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

One that knows what they are doing.

Nov 14, 2017 07:31 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Their actions define them.

Nov 15, 2017 12:17 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS¬ģ - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You have many great answers here. 

Nov 14, 2017 06:38 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with Nina.

Nov 14, 2017 02:48 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would hope a REALTOR would be a professional real estate agent!  

Nov 16, 2017 03:39 PM