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Need A Realtor In Destin? --- Get The Facts First

Aug 30, 2008
Considering buying or selling in Destin are we? Great, hopefully you have spent time doing your homework and are now ready to go. After being involved in over $50M in real estate transactions, I am going to share some tips for you.

I have found in my own experience that about 95% or agents and brokers really aren't going to help you much ? however, the other 5% of them can be a lifesaver. This may sound like a harsh assessment, but I've found it to be the case in Destin and everywhere else I've ever dealt with properties. For our purposes here, I'm going to go ahead and assume you're looking for something here in Destin; so you'll want to find Destin realtors to help you out.

Here is my challenge to you. Go to Google and type in the search term "Destin Realtor". After you get back 14 bajillion results, now start clicking from Google to their web sites.... What do you see?

Probably that almost all of them look exactly the same. The typical realtor's website you'll find will have a smiling photo of the realtor, a place to search MLS, a spot for their listings, an about me section and a brief profile of the community ? everything a prospective buyer needs, right?

But what these sites won't tell you is whether or not the realtor knows what they're talking about. I already know that any realtor can show me the MLS listings and take me to see some properties.

But why would I want to enlist an agent or a broker if I didn't know if they were awesome at what they do and they know the market like the back of their hand.... That is who I want to hire.

So how are you to find the top 5% of Destin realtors? There's a lot of different ways to find a realtor; but if you want to find a realtor who is really an expert, then you need to start by getting educated about the market yourself ? this will let you evaluate whether or not the realtor you deal with know anything about the market themselves. In a recent blog post, I made the suggestion that buyers take a look at Realtor.com to learn as much as possible about the market before they even talk to an agent.

Why do this? You'll want to know if the realtors you talk to will really be any help to you as you look for properties in Destin. You should tell the broker or agent exactly what you're looking for then just let them talk ? if they're good, they'll understand and start giving you information you can really use. If not, they'll probably make little sense and keep trying to interest you in one or two particular properties.

Even if you think you have the best person on your first call, don't stop there. Interview a few more until you are absolutely convinced you have the right person. Now you are in a position to really start working hand in hand with person finding the right property for you in Destin.
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Need the latest info on Destin, Florida Homes? Visit Dr. Anderson's real estate blog to learn more about condos in Destin
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