Finding a good agent

I would have no hesitation referring a buyer or seller to Greg, or to Andrew Jeffrey. I have corresponded with them enough to know that they are competent professionals. I would tell the person I sent their way to talk to them at enough length to see if they are compatible. Ask your friends and relatives who they used and how happy they were with the service that was provided. If you get a name, talk to the agent about the neighborhood and the kind of home involved and get a feel for how knowledgeable they are and whether your styles are compatible. However you get the name, take the time to really get a feel for the agent you are considering, do they listen well? Ask intelligent questions? Respond to your questions in a thoughtful and knowledgeable way? All good agents remember that they are agents and that they have a duty to put the interests of their principal before their own. The best business I get is from word of mouth referrals and that is true for most agents. Over the last few years I have had people say to me “Tom I prefer to deal with a woman, do you know someone?”, “Tom, I have always dealt with (Name a brokerage) and I want to keep doing that, can you recommend someone there?” and “Tom, I want to deal with a small local outfit, not a big operation like yours, who do you recommend?”. I give them a name or two and build a little goodwill which is always a plus. If you spend half an hour talking to someone you should get a good feel for their character and their knowledge of the market.

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I am a Broker Associate with Creative Property services (CPS) in Sebastopol Ca. My father was an Appraiser and expert witness based in Oakland Ca for many years and I grew up having the basics drilled into me. I enjoy what I do and I am good at it. I managed income property in Oakland for a number of years and was licensed to run a collection agency for more than a decade. I have also worked as a credit manager and as the senior collector at the test center of a Bank . I have been commenting for years at "Calculated Risk" and on other Real estate Blogs including the defunct "Sonoma Housing Bubble" Blog. The best job title I ever had was "Chief Garbler". My Email Address is "" and my cell # is (707) 364-2477, please don't call before 7 AM or after 8 PM unless we have a deal in progress.

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