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Friends or Family – Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a real estate agent who they've worked with in the past, someone who is knowledgeable, has integrity, and is dedicated to protecting and promoting your interests.

Open Houses- It's a good way to meet agents, to see how they represent the seller and interact with potential buyers. It gives you the opportunity to observe from a a distance to decide if working with them would be a good fit. 

Interview Agents – Interview several agents before making a decision about which one would represent you in a professional manner.  These are a few essential questions you might want to ask.

  1. How long does it usually take your average client to sell their home?
  2. Do you sell real estate full time?
  3. Are you a member of the National Association of Realtors?
  4. How do you market real estate?

Internet - Internet marketing through websites, and social media is critical in a technology driven world.  A real estate agent with access to the Multiple Listing Service, a website for showcasing homes, a Facebook page for real estate and a web presence is essential when buying or selling a home. Many experienced Realtors also maintain Pinterest pages to help their clients with ideas.

Research – Do your research before you choose an agent, even if the agent was recommended by a friend. The right agent for one person may not be the right agent for you.  The internet is super helpful in this regard. Many sites will post reviews and comments that may help you make a decision.