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Raising the bar for real estate agents

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According to a National Association of Realtors annual survey released at the 2011 Realtors Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., trustworthiness and reputation are top factors that homebuyers and sellers consider when choosing a real estate agent to work with. The same has been true for years. For Michael McClure and Greg Grospitch, the founders of a new startup, Verified Professionals LLC, what's been missing is an objective and credible source that consumers can use to verify that a real estate agent is honest, trustworthy and reputable. Their solution, which they unveiled last Friday with the launch of, is an independent verification system that evaluates real estate agents on a series of criteria that the Verified team calls "critical client service characteristics." After being vetted on those criteria, an agent who qualifies is named a Verified Professional Agent (VPA). McClure, who worked as a certified public accountant at Price ...