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    Finding the right real estate agent

     
    Everyone who’s tried will agree—home buying can really suck. Even just searching for an apartment to lease can be a pain. You move to a new city, you don’t know the area, and suddenly you have to commit to finding a place to live for at least the next year.

    What do you do? There’s always Craigslist, but what if you find a beautiful house surrounded by a bad neighborhood? Getting locked into a mortgage, especially when the housing market is still recovering, can be tough if you are not sure.

    This is the part where finding a good real estate agent can be so essential. To do this, most potential home buyers turn to online reviews. According to bubbleinfo.com, the only common link between real estate agents in California is that they have gotten at least 70% of the questions correct on California’s 150 question multiple choice test. Other than that, each agent is like a piece of candy in a box of chocolates, you never know what you might get.

    As always it seems in today’s consumer driven society, there are several online solutions to the problem of finding a real estate agent that matches your needs. Neighborcity.com is one website that allows the potential buyer to research an agent’s recent sales history.

    Homelight.com is another alternative for finding a real estate agent. Founded in 2012 by Drew Uher, the San Francisco based HomeLight matches real estate agents with consumers based on the agent’s skills and experience. HomeLight, which was an awards finalist in the 2013 Inman Markets Innovator Awards, allows consumers to search for agents by neighborhood and then screen into categories such as price range and agent characteristics. With over two million agents in their database serving 34 markets worldwide, there are several options available to consumers for finding agents who meets their needs.

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