12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your REALTOR®

The Real Estate Savvy

RealtorManMake sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.

  1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.
  1. What designations do you hold? Designations such as GRI and CRS®, which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training, are held only by about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.
  1. How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year? By asking this question, you’ll get a good idea of how much experience the practitioner has.
  1. How many days did it take you to sell the average home? How did that compare to the overall market? The REALTOR® you interview should have these facts on hand, and be able to present market statistics from…

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Ideal Homes for 8 Dad Stereotypes, From Sporty to Handy to Stay-at-Home

This Father’s Day, we’re done with the man cave. It’s 2015, people! Dads have evolved. While most of the media are pigeonholing dads as remote-control-controlling freaks who want nothing more than to hide away in the darkest spaces of their homes, we’re paying tribute to real dads. Or, at least, to all the other dad stereotypes out there. They’re a diverse bunch, and for each dad, whether hipster or handy, we’ve selected an ideal home from our millions of listings.

Here they are:

Alternadad: With their skinny jeans, charming facial hair, and toddlers in obscure band T-shirts, alternadads are too cool for white picket fences and traditional Colonials. In Austin, TX—home of “Alternadad” author Neal Pollack!—we found this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo that’s just minutes to downtown bars and restaurants. The third floor even has an open space perfect for alternadad’s morning vinyasas, and there’s no homeowners association—because alternadads can’t be bound by…

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