So you’re ready to buy or sell a home, but you’re not sure what to look for in a realtor. Before you commit, it’s absolutely necessary to do some research on them and their business. A realtor should have well-defined specialties, searchable listings, and proven real estate experience. These three traits are often what separate an honest realtor from a dishonest realtor. As you’re doing your research check out their website, listings, and experience to make sure they are who they say they are!

More often than not, these are the three areas where realtors tend to bend the truth:

Real estate experience

Let’s face it, this is probably the most important trait to consider when choosing a realtor. If you can’t easily find information about how many years they have been in the real estate industry, you may want to look elsewhere. It’s also important to check on their education, including college, certifications, and ongoing studies. Look for a realtor who has proven experience and solid results--past employment and interests are great, but you need more!

Real estate specialties

Most realtors have a specialty that is clearly defined. Do some homework and find out if they are true to their word. For example, if a realtor claims to be an expert in selling commercial sites, ask about properties they have sold in the past that fit the same criteria. If they can’t provide detailed information and successes, they may not be the specialist they claim to be.

Real estate listings

Checking in on a realtor’s listings is very important but often overlooked. Browse through the agent’s website and find the listings section. Follow a few links and make sure that the listings do in fact belong to the agent. Some websites may provide several, but those listings may belong to a different agent or company. You’ll want a realtor who has their own listings, so if there are any doubts you may want to move on.

Hopefully you’ll never encounter a dishonest realtor. If you decide to work with us, we can guarantee that what we say is what you get. We’ve built our business on solid real estate experience and education, specific real estate specialties, and up-to-date listings. Please continue browsing our website to see for yourself and give us a call at (317) 259-6000 if you have any questions!