How to Choose a Realtor

Real Estate Agent with Referral Only Realty

Where do I start looking for a Realtor and how do I choose one? Don't let these questions stop you from following your dreams of buying or selling a home. Yes, there are many, many agents to choose from and it can be tricky to know what to look for. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.)   Ask friends and family who they would recommend.

2.)   Write down your goals for your real estate transaction - price, area, time-frame, amenities, etc.

3.)   Call the recommended agent to introduce yourself and discuss your needs.
          If the agent answers right away or returns your call promptly, you're off to a good start.
          Talk about your needs and see how the agent responds.

4.)   Set up an initial meeting to discuss your needs and desires in person. This is a great opportunity
          to ask the agent how they do business and other questions pertaining to the transaction process.

5.)  If you feel comfortable, then go out to look at houses or list your house, if not, call
          some different agents.

Using a professional in the real estate field is highly recommended. It's easy to find a house with all the wonderful Internet and digital information, but there are more factors involved in a real estate transaction which are best handled by an experienced professional. Correct contract writing, due diligence, negotiation, financial considerations, title insurance, settlement statements and other factors all come together to make a successful transaction.

Another way to find a good Realtor is to use a professional referral service. The service can be a no-cost, no-obligation way to help match you with an agent who will best suit your personality and who specializes in the areas you need. For referral help, please call me - Chrissy Harrison. I am a licensed agent who specializes in agent referrals. I have the experience and referral network to assist you in finding the best agent for your needs. I have a nationwide database and will help you not only find the best agent, but other services such as mortgage brokers, movers, contractors, and other professionals as well.

However you choose a Realtor, make sure it's the best fit for you and your needs and congratulations on moving forward with your real estate transaction!

To contact Chrissy, the Real Estate Matchmaker, please call (720) 205-7546 or email

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Thanks for reading my blog! For help in finding the perfect real estate agent for your needs, please feel free to contact me, Chrissy Harrison, the Real Estate Matchmaker (720) 205-7546

Comments (4)

Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

Chrissy, I like to get referrals from those I consider experts.  For instance, I might ask a plumber, who has done good work for me, for the name of the company who works on their central heat/air system.  The referral system really works!

Sarah in Nashville

Sep 20, 2009 04:15 AM
Chrissy Harrison
Referral Only Realty - Longmont, CO

Sarah -
That's a great example of using referrals. Usually those in the same field have great referrals - that can be a benefit of using a real estate referral contact - the referral agent has usually worked with the other agent before and has personal experience. Thanks for your comment!

Sep 20, 2009 04:21 AM
Mark Lebkuchner / Home Loan Specialist
Warwick, RI

Hello Chrissy.  Excellent blog.  A lot of what you talk about applies to the financing side of things.  I used to live in Boulder & Vail in the 90's (miss it!) and now I'm back home in Rhode Island.  Our credit union does mortgages nationwide so feel free to use me as a resource.  I requested you as an associate if you're interested.

Nov 15, 2009 12:33 AM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

a lot of business come from referrals, happy clients shall reffer you, so I always give my 110% to keep happy clients, great blog for buyers and sellers , keep the good work !

Apr 07, 2010 04:30 PM