Blog :: 04-2014

Forbes Magazine's Test When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent:  10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring

There are a lot of real estate professionals out there today. Chances are you may already know one from within your own social circle. You can get referrals from neighbors, friends, family members and you might even look to Google to help you find an agent.

But one word of caution is this: Don't pick someone so close to you that you can't have a serious "straight talk" business conversation. You need someone with whom you are not uncomfortable disagreeing. And keep in mind that this person will at some point become quite intimate with your entire financial picture.

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So choose the most qualified person for the job that you think you'll work well with. The ideal person for you is an experienced professional who knows your market, acts in an ethical manner, answers all of your questions, addresses your concerns and, most important, will listen to you and be your teammate throughout the entire process.

Here are 10 questions that you ask your real estate agent or broker before you hire them to help you with your home search:

  1. What percentage of your clients are buyers (vs. sellers)?
  2. In which neighborhoods do you primarily work?
  3. Will I be working with you directly or handed off to anyone else other than you? In other words, will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will you delegate some tasks to a sales associate or administrative assistant? A knowledgeable assistant can be invaluable, but you want to make sure you can connect with your agent regularly.
  4. Do you work full-time or part-time as a real estate agent?
  5. How many homes have you closed in my neighborhood?
  6. How many other buyers are you representing now? How many sellers?
  7. Is your license in good standing? You should check an agent's certification yourself with your state's Department of Real Estate. Many states provide this information online.
  8. How many years of education and experience do you have? Experience and continuing education typically make for better agents. (And it doesn't hurt to ask if they own their own home. A new Trulia Trends study shows that 85% of brokers and agents are homeowners).
  9. Are you also a broker and/or a Realtor or an agent? (Hint: a real estate license does NOT make an agent a REALTOR®)
  10. Can you provide me with the names and phone numbers of past clients who have agreed to be references? Insights from past customers can help you learn more about an agent and give you a greater comfort level.

    Picking a Real Estate pro is a very key decision in the home-buying or selling process and I want to see you do it right. There are so many great real estate professionals out there willing to work hard for you, so consider the advice above as you make your selection.

Thank you Forbes for your wisdom! Excellent advice and we agree!

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We've been busy selling real estate on the North Shore!

Listing and selling homes all across the North Shore is what we do best! Here's a list of MOST of the real estate transactions we've closed over the past 12 months! Thinking about changing your address? Give us a call! 978-356-8922

46 High Street, Ipswich, MA
18 Kimball Road, Methuen, MA
1 Democracy Drive, Amesbury, MA
20 Alvanos Drive, Haverhill, MA
4 Grant Court, Ipswich, MA
204 High Street, Ipswich, MA
36 Avery Street, Ipswich, MA
36 Downfall Road, Newbury, MA
3 James Road, Ipswich, MA
21 Middle Street, Ipswich, MA
17 Spring Hill Road, Byfield, MA
4 Circle Street, Middleton, MA
24 Francis Avenue, Groveland, MA
27 Elmira Avenue, Newburyport, MA
23 Allen Lane, Ipswich, MA
399 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA
24 School Street, Georgetown, MA
1 Atkinson Street, Newburyport, MA
4 Dix Road, Ipswich, MA
52 East Street, Ipswich, MA
8 Crestwood Lane, Ipswich, MA
21 Mason Lane, Salsibury, MA
18 Congress Street, Ipswich, MA
5 Maple Avenue, Ipswich, MA
299 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA
856 Haverhill Street, Rowley, MA
4 Bush Hill Road, Ipswich, MA
44 Avery Street, Ipswich, MA
37 Leslie Road, Ipswich, MA
85 Main Street, Rowley, MA
156 Topsfield Road, Ipswich, MA
250 Dodge Road, Rowley, MA
130 Central Street, Topsfield, MA
251 High Street, Ipswich, MA
23 Hodgkins Drive, Ipswich, MA
6 Allen Lane, Ipswich, MA
8 Beechwood Road, Ipswich, MA
4 Bayberry Road, Newburyport, MA
540 Jubilee Drive, Peabody, MA
3 Hemlock Drive, Ipswich, MA
143 Highland, Hamilton, MA
156 Ipswich Road, Topsfield, MA
851 Haverhill Street, Rowley, MA
119 Highland Street, Hamilton, MA
19 Norman Road, Hamilton, MA
56 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA
6 Christa Drive, Rowley, MA
15 Hillside Road, Ipswich, MA
28 Turnpike Road, Ipswich, MA
4 Cullivan Lane, Hamilton, MA
321 High Street, Ipswich, MA
78 East Street, Ipswich, MA
19 Island Park Road, Ipswich, MA
6 Herrick Drive, Ipswich, MA
2 Kingfisher Road, Ipswich, MA
1 Kennedy, Ipswich, MA
11 Burnham Road, Wenham, MA
68 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA
31 Mayflower Drive, Wenham, MA
10 Newbury Road, Ipswich, MA
191 Asbury Street, Ipswich, MA
24 Hilltop Road, Ipswich, MA
14 Liberty Street, Ipswich, MA
25 Howe Street, Ipswich, MA
138 Fenno Drive, Rowley, MA
139 Jewett Street, Georgetown, MA
14 Jills Way, Peabody, MA
79 Spencer Knowles Rd, Rowley, MA
29 Crooked Pond Drive, Boxford, MA
27 Mulholland Drive, Ipswich, MA
12 High Street, Ipswich, MA
25 Oakledge Circle, Rowley, MA
3 Oceanside Drive, Beverly, MA
21 Ocean Drive, Ipswich, MA
66 Town Farm Road, Ipswich, MA
39 Kent Street, Newburyport, MA
2 Harris Way, Georgetown, MA
100 Ortins Road, Hamilton, MA
6 Merrimack River Road, Groveland, MA
3 Jutland Way, Ipswich, MA
46 Skytop Road, Ipswich, MA
28 North Ridge Road, Ipswich, MA
75 Summer Street #6, Salem, MA
102 Lilac Meadows Way, Ipswich, MA
410 Old Country Road, Wenham, MA
400-67 Colonial Drive, Ipswich, MA
500-213 Colonial Drive, Ipswich, MA
38 Kimball Avenue #5, Ipswich, MA
6 Karelitz Road, Peabody, MA
6 Safford Street #4, Ipswich, MA
1 Mayfair Court, Ipswich, MA
401-13 Colonial Drive, Ipswich, MA
36 High Street #2, Ipswich, MA
7 Holly Gate Circle, Middleton, MA
28 County Street #2, Ipswich, MA
1 Riverview Heights, Amesbury, MA
62 Washington Street, Ipswich, MA
21 Topsfield Road, Ipswich, MA
2&4 Broadway Avenue, Ipswich, MA
6 Old Essex Road #1, Ipswich, MA
6 Old Essex Road #2, Ipswich, MA

 

Ipswich, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
46 High St, Ipswich, MA 1 1 $220,000 $220,000
56 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $425,000 $410,000
108 Essex Rd, Ipswich, MA 4 2 $425,000 $400,000
6 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $469,000 $435,000
8 Woods Ln, Ipswich, MA 3 2.5 $478,000 $455,000
32 Southpoint Ln, Ipswich, MA 3 2.5 $478,000 $455,000
Condominium
400 Colonial Dr #67, Ipswich, MA 2 2.5 $249,000 $235,000
301 Lilac Meadows, Ipswich, MA 3 2.5 $259,900 $265,000
Land
9 Long Ridge Ln, Ipswich, MA .32 ac Res $199,000 $180,000
3 Howard St, Ipswich, MA 1 ac Res $200,000 $187,500

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Manchester, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
383 Summer St, Manchester, MA 5 4.5 $1,049,000 $1,100,000
468 Summer St, Manchester, MA 5 4.5 $1,395,000 $1,100,000
Condominium
0 Bell Ct, A, Manchester, MA 2 1 $279,000 $270,000
21 Pine St #11, Manchester, MA 3 2.5 $710,000 $699,000
57 School St #5, Manchester, MA 3 2.5 $810,000 $780,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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Rowley, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
908 Haverhill St, Rowley, MA 4 2 $389,900 $369,000
47 Kathleen Cir, Rowley, MA 4 2.5 $499,000 $499,000
36 Emily Ln, Rowley, MA 4 3.5 $584,900 $584,900
Condominium
24 Vincent Cir, Rowley, MA 2 2.5 $339,900 $339,900
4 Rowley Country Club, Rowley, MA 2 2.5 $529,900 $529,900

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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Hamilton, MA Real Estate Transactions - March, 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
25 Naples Rd, Hamilton, MA 3 2 $405,000 $400,000
33 Cummings Ave, Hamilton, MA 3 2 $465,000 $453,500
494 Asbury St, Hamilton, MA 4 1.5 $485,000 $472,500
100 Essex St, Hamilton, MA 5 4 $495,000 $478,800
46 Lincoln Ave, Hamilton, MA 4 3 $499,900 $486,000
124 Miles River Rd, Hamilton, MA 3 2.5 $565,000 $565,000
24 Rockmaple Ave, Hamilton, MA 4 3 $899,000 $855,000
1 Prides Park, Hamilton, MA 4 3+2 $935,000 $935,000
74 Meyer Rd, Hamilton, MA 4 3.5 $1,149,000 $1,100,000

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Danvers, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
4 Gorman Rd, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $289,000 $280,000
132 Burley St, Danvers, MA 3 1 $299,000 $290,000
181 Locust St, Danvers, MA 3 2 $309,900 $300,000
3 Burley St, Danvers, MA 3 1 $369,900 $375,000
36 Princeton St, Danvers, MA 5 2.5 $399,000 $380,000
7 Broad St, Danvers, MA 4 1.5 $399,900 $395,000
9 Paulette Dr, Danvers, MA 4 2.5 $425,000 $430,000
2 Hollis Rd, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $439,000 $424,500
149 Summer St, Danvers, MA 4 3 $499,000 $485,000
4 Lebel Rd, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $575,000 $567,500
38 Ledgewood Dr, Danvers, MA 4 3+2 $639,900 $619,000
7 Burnham Rd, Danvers, MA 4 2.5 $647,000 $600,000
Condominium
12 Water St #4, Danvers, MA 1 1 $89,900 $73,500
83R Hobart St #4, Danvers, MA 2 1 $169,900 $160,000
19 Abington Rd, Danvers, MA 2 2 $240,000 $247,500
74 Elm St #5, Danvers, MA 2 2 $259,900 $270,000
127 Village Post Rd, Danvers, MA 2 2.5 $305,000 $289,900
Land
5, 10, 19 Lincoln Ave, Danvers, MA 1.82ac Res $495,000 $400,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Wenham, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
4 Fairview Ave, Wenham, MA 3 1.5 $513,900 $480,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Beverly, MA Real Estate Transactions - March 2014

 

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
18 Judson St, Beverly, MA 3 1 $230,000 $230,000
1 Judson St, Beverly, MA 3 2.5 $239,000 $232,000
4 Fayette St, Beverly, MA 3 1 $260,000 $256,000
33 Amherst Rd, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $265,000 $235,000
49 Glidden, Beverly, MA 3 1 $299,000 $285,000
14 Dearborn Ave, Beverly, MA 3 3 $325,000 $330,000
13 Longview Dr, Beverly, MA 3 2 $339,900 $339,000
16 Roosevelt Ave, Beverly, MA 4 2.5 $350,000 $346,000
6 Rowell Ave, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $359,900 $348,000
3 James St, Beverly, MA 4 2 $369,000 $350,000
47 Hathaway Ave, Beverly, MA 3 2 $399,000 $410,000
97 Baker Ave, Beverly, MA 3 2 $424,900 $410,000
207 Lothrop St, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $449,000 $440,000
21 Rezza Rd, Beverly, MA 3 2 $458,500 $452,000
107 Grover St, Beverly, MA 4 2.5 $509,000 $498,000
1 Norwood Pond, Beverly, MA 3 2.5 $599,900 $590,000
583 Hale St, Beverly, MA 3 2.5 $599,900 $585,000
6 Bayview Ave, Beverly, MA 3 2+2 $795,000 $795,000
Condominium
162 Park St #2, Beverly, MA 3 1 $150,000 $150,000
39 Kernwood Ave #3, Beverly, MA 2 1.5 $163,900 $153,000
103 Elliott St #2, Beverly, MA 1 1 $178,900 $169,000
32 Arthur St #2, Beverly, MA 2 1 $182,500 $185,000
12 Lothrop St #3, Beverly, MA 2 2 $359,950 $359,900
12 Lothrop St #5, Beverly, MA 3 2 $399,900 $388,500
12 Lothrop St #2, Beverly, MA 2 2 $409,950 $405,000
Multi-Family
35 West Dane, Beverly, MA 3 Unit $339,000 $339,000
86 Bridge St, Beverly, MA 2 Unit $439,000 $412,500

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.