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January 7, 2016

Choosing a Realtor to Represent you

Designations and Certifications

I always used the fact that I was a broker (and not a sales associate), and that I had certain designations, which allowed me to differentiate myself from other REALTORS, and provided a little material for a conversation about the industry with my clients. I was personally an advocate for more training. I have never mentioned designations or certifications to her, even though our company created ePRO for NAR.

Yesterday, I received the following from my youngest daughter (41 years old). She is closing (sold) today on her condo in San Diego, and is now on the hunt to buy where she moved with her husband and son last year here we go:

How important do you think it is that Drew and I find a realtor with an “official designation” of being a “Buyers Rep,” designated by NAR when we look for a house here?
An acquaintance of mine who moved to Florida highly recommended her realtor. So I just contacted the realtor today. I haven’t made any plans to see any houses or anything yet. THEN I thought to look this up, and she’s not on the list for being an official NAR “buyer’s rep.” She is an official realtor though.

There are two local realtors who do have the designation of “buyer’s rep” who work in my area. Do you think I should just contact one of them instead of this other realtor my friend recommended?

As she was telling me about her beginning search, she mentioned that she liked REALTOR Dot Com. She didn’t like R.C much in the past because she said, it was not user-friendly, and preferred Zillow. Yesterday she was very positive about how she found R.C has changed. I was glad to hear this from her as it backed up what Luke Glass reported to the MLS Committee at NAR back in November.

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