Choosing a Realtor Tips

by : John Harris

For those looking for a good realtor in the San Diego area, they should know that it is a competitive market. is a website that offers information about homes, neighborhoods, an realtors in the area. They claim to give the best and most current directory of properties in the San Diego area.

Some of the information that can be found on the website includes a wide listing of properties both nationwide and in the area. It comes with photos, descriptions, maps, and information about the community.

There is also a link to the National Association of Realtors. They are the headquarters for the San Diego Association of Realtors and have a strict code of ethics.

The site also gives information that one needs to find properties in the area from everything from real estate information to how to sell a home and finding a mortgage lender.

There is a saying that 20 percent of the agents do 80 percent of the business and that is true. When looking for a realtor, it's important to find the one that's right for you.

An important thing to know is that although all realtors are licensed to sell real estate as an agent, they are not all realtors. Only those who have pledged themselves to the Realtor Code of Ethics and are in good standing with a Realtor Association as members can claim that. Associations can tell you if the Realtor is in good standing or not.

Never forget the power of friendship. Talk to your friends and family, colleagues who have sold or are selling property and see who they like to use for it.

Many websites out there can refer people to agents, however, the quality assurance may not be there. Their agents are ones who have paid the web site owners a fee to be placed in their directories. It's always a good idea to check out google and view the real estate agents in the area and then go to their web sites and check them out there.

A great idea is to go to an open house where you can talk with agents in a more casual atmosphere. Make sure to get business cards and notice how they do their business, particularly if you're planning on selling a home. Are they knowledgeable and professional and do they hand out material about the property?

Watch for the listing signs in the neighborhood. Watch for the day they go up and the day it's sold.

Realtors run ads in newspapers for two reasons. One is to sell specific properties and the other is to promote a particular agent. A good place to look for this is the Sunday paper for ads in a targeted neighborhood.

Agents are often more than willing to refer buyers and sellers to their own associates. Some of them specialize in residential sales, while others work with new home builders. Still others only work with commercial property.