How do I find a qualified Realtor to handle my referrals?

Mortgage and Lending with Flagship Mortgage Corporation

Occasionally I get requests from former clients to help them market their home or get out foreclosure or something else that I have no expertise in.  Case in point, last night a gentleman called asking me to help me find a Realtor and attorney to handle his short sale.  He's got a buyer in place, but no idea how to proceed.  He is not in the area where any of the Realtors I know specialize in.  How would I go about finding a partner to help me handle this transaction?


Of course, one solutions would be to start calling real estate local offices, but that opens me up to a potential waste of time and a chance to get an unqualified Realtor to market to my contact.  I could, also, search through all the numerous blogs on ActiveRain, but that will take too long.  There is always an opportunity to get a referral from one of the Realtors I know, but those always take days.

Can someone tell me what do I need to do to give away a perfectly good referral and potentially build a relationship in the process with a working RE professional?

The property is located in Homewood, IL.

Comments (2)

Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

If you look on AR at who is active in IL, you may find someone who suits you.  Click on the 'states' link on the top right of the page and then down to IL, then you can narrow it to city, district, neighborhood even if you wish.  There are a few good people from IL on this site.

Feb 26, 2009 05:13 AM
Jim Dvorovy
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate

Alex - You could contact the REALTOR with whom you have the best working relationship right now, and have *that* person go the actual referral and get paid a referral fee from doing so. I am assuming by your title that you are not an agent yourself, therefore not entitled to a commission from any referrals. Your contacted REALTOR could easily make that referral and documented through their own relocation department that handles such referrals. Another good route would be to use the services of the WCR (Women Council of Realtors). That organization would be able to provide excellent referral names for your clients. Perhaps your most trusted local REALTOR already belongs to it, membership is open to all agents, not just women.

Feb 26, 2009 05:21 AM