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10 Ways to vet your real estate agent

Date Added: December 21, 2015 07:52:07 PM
So, you are looking to buy Santa Fe real estate. You are thinking that in about 5 years you would like to retire in New Mexico. How do you pick out the right realtor when you don’t even live close-by? We are talking about buying that perfect retirement home with money you have been socking away for the last 40 years.

With the Internet, such as it is, worry not! Vetting Realtors before finding the one that can get the job done is easy. Here are the top 10 things you MUST do before hiring a Realtor!

Start by familiarizing yourself with some of the areas in Santa Fe. Grab a notepad and make a list of what’s important to you -
What influences your style of living. for example - Walk to shops, low crime rate, cost of housing, etc..

Now that you have an idea where you might want to start your Santa Fe Real Estate search, let’s talk about hiring your Realtor.
Make a list of Realtor companies: i.e. Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, etc.. Google Mega Agents in Santa Fe, New Mexico – write down some of the companies you see.

On page 1 under Home - Santa Fe Real Estate Agents - Val Brier Group, read the description:
Home — Santa Fe Real Estate Agents - Val Brier Group www.valbriergroup.com/home/
Val Brier Group: Santa Fe Real Estate Agents for over 17 years specializing in Fine Santa Fe Properties. Whether you ... de Santa Fe · New Listings ... Val Brier, Mega Agent, is #1 at Bell Tower Keller Williams! Santa Fe ... Santa Fe, NM 87501.

(Good place to start - with a Mega Agent)
Once you have a list of agents to contact. Ask the Agent for a few of their clients that you could contact.
Get online and check out their license - http://verification.rld.state.nm.us/ Here is a list of Real Estate people with Disciplinary Actions online: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Disciplinary_Actions.aspx

Make sure the Agents you contacted, Have Active licenses and they have not had disciplinary action against them.
Once you have narrowed down your list, look to see what awards your agent has achieved. Mega Agent? Leader in Luxury Real Estate?

Lifetime Achievement Awards?
Look to see what credentials your Agent possesses. (CRS - Council of Residential Specialists, ABR - Accredited Buyer’s Representative, SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist)

How long has the agent been in business? Did they just get their license? Are they new in a particular State or City? Check that out!
Look at the agent’s current personal listings - not what’s on the market but who they are currently working for. If the agent you are looking into hiring does not have any listings, ask why? Ask for a list of previous listings so you can contact those clients.

Look at the agent’s website. Does it look professional? They want a job working for you?
When examining the agent’s website, are you able to search properties all over the Santa Fe area? if not, why not? Are you able to save searches for particular areas of interest on their site? if not, why not?

This may sound like a ‘gotcha’ question, but ask about a house that was listed close to a property they are currently listing. Do they know the area?

Now, consider yourself well armed. Go out there and find your piece of the Santa Fe dream!
Val Brier Group
211 East Palace, Santa Fe, NM 87501 Direct Line (505) 690-0553
License # 36230 val@valbrier.com http://www.valbriergroup.com