Q: How can I check out a Realtor? Is there a regulatory agency that rates Realtors? I have been burned twice by Realtors when I thought I was careful, but they were shady and did not represent my interests. I'm afraid to buy again. A: According to Webster.com, the second-most-frequently searched word of the year was "vet" -- not vet as in veterinarian, but vet as in investigating one's vice-presidential running mate's qualifications. It seems to me that you are looking for a method of vetting your next Realtor. And wisely so; my own mother has commented on the fact that I'm both a Realtor and an attorney -- neither of which ranks high on the general public's trusted professions meter. As the saying goes, though, the third time's a charm -- there are a number of ways you can empower yourself to avoid drama with your real estate representative the next time you buy or sell. Mindset Management The single most important thing you can do to get a Realtor with whom you ...
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