You can look online. Find out who if the agent has a strong online presence, a good website as well as a presence in social media. Read reviews and recommendations. Do some background research. Then check with the state’s regulatory body/licensing authority; they can provide you with information about whether the agent is licensed, as well as other important information like their disciplinary and award-winning track record. Next, check for credentialing. Real estate agents’ credentials include: • CRS® (Certified Residential Specialist) – the symbol of excellence in real estate. It means the agent has completed advanced training in handling residential real estate and met significant sales experience requirements. • SFR® (Seller Representative Specialist) – shows that the agent is required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in seller representation, pass a comprehensive exam and has also demonstrate proven experience helping sellers. • ABR® (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) - indicates that the agent has completed additional education requirements, pas a rigorous exam, and demonstrated proven experience helping buyers. • SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) - shows that the agent completed specialized training, and has passed a comprehensive exam aimed at helping buyers/sellers in the 50+ age range. If your agent is a Realtor®, with a capital R, that means that they’re a member of National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and has pledged to abide to a strict Code of Ethics, and maintain current membership within the National Association of REALTORS®. 46

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