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Old 03-06-2008, 10:43 PM
 
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I am looking to buy a home within commuting distance from Tampa. Like many, I am from out of town and not familiar with the local area.

Any tips on finding a really good real estate agent?

My first step was to ask an agent where I live if she knew anyone in Tampa and I was referred to someone whom I spoke to on the phone. I didn't like her mannerisms from the start. She was loud, obnoxious and pushy. I am quiet and rather reserved. Not to be rude, I said that I would think about hiring her as my (buyer's) agent and would get back to her.

Instead, she called me again and when I said that I was still thinking about it, she said , no, that she was already my agent - that I had implied it in our prior conversation. I said, no, that I was very explicit in the conversation that there was no (legal) relationship - that I would "think about it." Again, she was very pushy for me to hire her.

So, how can I find an agent that is competent, knows the local area, and will work in the buyer's best interest, not in his/her best interest? Oh - also someone who is honest and will not withhold information that someone buying the property should know about just to make a sale?

Last, but not least, is there somewhere a buyer can check out licensing & credentials, as well as complaints in Florida? Thank you.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:27 AM
 
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It seems there are many issue with the local agents if you read all these threads. I have found a female agent who I like the best so far. I can only give you the name if you send me an DM, but I'm not sure if she is also a buyers agent. I met her when I called her about a listing she has and so far is the only one that I like after having dealt with local realtors for years. Sad but true. The other thing is you can call a local title company to find out who has the most closing in the neighbor hood, that should be an agent who does a lot of business.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:38 AM
 
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Depending on where you are looking in the area, we have a couple of good realtors who post on here regularly. All have provided helpful info to posters just asking questions.

If anyone wants to recommend their realtor please do as Bentlebee and send DM
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You can verify licenses and complaints at DBPR: Home Page. I hate to hear you have already started with a bad experience, but there are good people to help you with your purchase.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Curious if most real estate agents can also serve as Buyer's Agents. I'm interested in looking at the foreclosure process in about 1 1/2 yrs - and its recommended to do it through a Buyer's Agent - one who has experience in the process.

Is buying a foreclosure a common thing for real estate agents?
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Most real estate agents work as a buyer's agent and selling agent. Some of the real estate "team" models, dedicate certain agents to only work with buyer's and certain agents to only work with sellers. The concept is you can do a better job if you focus your processes on one task or another.
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:44 AM
 
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You can verify licenses and complaints at DBPR: Home Page. I hate to hear you have already started with a bad experience, but there are good people to help you with your purchase.
Thanks, good website.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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I am looking to buy a home within commuting distance from Tampa. Like many, I am from out of town and not familiar with the local area.

Any tips on finding a really good real estate agent?

My first step was to ask an agent where I live if she knew anyone in Tampa and I was referred to someone whom I spoke to on the phone. I didn't like her mannerisms from the start. She was loud, obnoxious and pushy. I am quiet and rather reserved. Not to be rude, I said that I would think about hiring her as my (buyer's) agent and would get back to her.

Instead, she called me again and when I said that I was still thinking about it, she said , no, that she was already my agent - that I had implied it in our prior conversation. I said, no, that I was very explicit in the conversation that there was no (legal) relationship - that I would "think about it." Again, she was very pushy for me to hire her.

So, how can I find an agent that is competent, knows the local area, and will work in the buyer's best interest, not in his/her best interest? Oh - also someone who is honest and will not withhold information that someone buying the property should know about just to make a sale?

Last, but not least, is there somewhere a buyer can check out licensing & credentials, as well as complaints in Florida? Thank you.
Just keep posting here. This website is heavily infested with realtors.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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As a reminder.. it is against the Terms of Service to solicit business via Direct message or email. If any realtor contacts you , please notify me.

Now, that being noted, we have a few realtors who post on here regularly and they follow the ToS. They offer solid advice without the benefit of a contract or sales commisson.

Last edited by Keeper; 03-08-2008 at 09:29 AM.. Reason: changed wording
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Default Buyer's Agent in Tampa

We too had numerous bad experiences with realtors in Tampa. Our first visit to Tampa started out on a bad note when the realtor (who supposedly made 10 appointments to view homes) did not even bother to show up or call us when we arrived! We were completely stood up and in disbelief!

After that, we met some more characters that we were not interested in doing business with. I posted on this website and found a wonderful realtor who has kept us very well informed and been very helpful over all. It's a difficult situation when purchasing a house from across the country and my husband and I have been very pleased with her help. I can give you more information if you send me a message. Good luck!
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