Nowadays, you can learn a lot about an individual real estate professional simply by Googling his or her name, but one thing you may not know how to do is to check out their level of success. How many active listings do they have, and how many homes have they sold as either listing or buyer’s agent?
Well, I have made it a little easier for you by creating a shortcut to that information on Denver’s MLS, REcolorado.
Go to www.FindDenverRealtors.com, where you can enter the agent’s first and last name. Remember, the first name may be a nickname. For instance, I’m “Jim” on the REcolorado, but I’m “James” on my Colorado real estate license. You only need to enter their name, then “Enter.” The search defaults to agents who are Realtors (that is, members of the National Association of Realtors), but you can change it to search for “All Agents.”
Once you find your agent, you can click on “View My Listings.” If that doesn’t appear, then the agent has no listings, either active or sold.
It defaults to active and under contract listings, but you can click on “Properties I’ve Sold” which is a great way of seeing how experienced that agent is.
Then click on “Map View” so see the geographic distribution of that agent’s transactions. Have they sold any in your area?
How many of their transactions were their own listings, and how many were buyer sides? Each sale displays the listing brokerage. If the name of the brokerage is not the same as the agent’s brokerage, you know that agent was representing the buyer in that transaction.
Lastly, be sure to click on “View My Profile,” too. You may learn a lot about the agent and their background. If there is no profile, that tells you something, too — that he or she isn’t diligent in managing their online presence.