Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

Getting to Know an Agent Before You Hire

Posted in Due Diligence,General Information,House Hunting,Realtor's Job by Jeff Dowler on February 27, 2007

shaking-hands.gifAs I discussed in my earlier post, the Internet has made the real estate industry and its agents much more transparent. And the disclosure of information much more apparent and accessible to consumers.

Wouldn’t it be great to know more about an agent before you actually decide to hire them? And to have information disclosed to you in advance? Well , you can – simply find them on the Internet and read (especially if they are blogging). And since many agents are now blogging, there is much you can learn before you make that big decision. You can read more about this approach here.

But keep in mind that there are limits. The issue of transparency, a popular buzzword in today’s Internet and blogging world, is hotly debated and there is disagreement on how much is too much vs. what should be shared with consumers. Where do you draw the line?

My question to you is…How much should I, a real estate professional, share with you, my readers. What do you want to know that you are not getting, and what are you getting that you don’t care about?

Here’s another article from someone I respect a great deal. She puts an interesting spin on this topic and raises some really good points to consider. Take a look.


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