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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Ones track record speaks volumes of them.

Nov 07, 2015 10:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very subjective question. Personal production is usually a reliable indicator.

Nov 08, 2015 03:15 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

An Experience definition is a moveable feast. 

Nov 07, 2015 10:52 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the more transactions, the more experienced....the number of years means nothing...there are folks who handle one or two deals a year and have been licensed for decades....that's useless...

Nov 07, 2015 10:28 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The amount of years worked, the amount of homes sold are just a part of a total package. Knowing your area, what you are selling, being up to date on the economy, mortgages, real estate trends and having a work ethic to be willing and able to take care of clients. An agent who sells 100 homes a year may not have time to give personal attention to their clients. 

Nov 07, 2015 09:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The key here is knowledge and common sense, not the number of years someone has had a license!

Nov 07, 2015 08:20 PM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

Go with the 30 years, an agent in business that long has seen a lot more and is most likely much more knowledgeable. That agent has the time to do a much better job with the clients.

Nov 07, 2015 07:32 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

This sounds like a RE examination school question? 

Nov 07, 2015 11:42 AM
Gail Gladstone
Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage - Huntington, NY
Brokering Success

Please do not confuse experienced with great.  20 years in real estate does not necessarily make someone smarter.  There are some things people are born with and cannot necessarily be learned.

Nov 07, 2015 11:22 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

This is very good question.

Nov 07, 2015 10:44 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great answers you got. 

Nov 03, 2019 02:57 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Which experience are you seeking?

Jan 27, 2019 11:18 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Someone who can tell you what will happen before it does

Nov 07, 2015 11:30 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Nov 07, 2015 10:52 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Experience based on longevity means:

They know how to:

  • Complete a short sale
  • Create inventory
  • Assume a mortgage
  • Facilitate a reverse mortgage sale and purchase
  • Investor experience
  • 12 ways to sell a house
  • 21 ways to finance a house
  • Shepard a property through city and commission review requirements
  • Apply agile solutions that a complex real estate environment requires.
  • Resources to provide comprehensive help to buyer and seller
  • Compassion
  • Time
  • Personal attention

The volume pumped agent doing 100 transactions a year (such a solo agent CAN NOT EXIST) would have a very narrow, replicable, market segment such as representing banks in selling foreclosed proprieties. The home depot of real estate.

In the most recent crash, new, although successful, agents were the first to activate their Plan B. They did not have the depth of knowledge or resources to adapt to a dramatic change in the real estate market place.

A buyer or seller always benefits from working with an real estate professional who is more than a one trick pony.

Nov 07, 2015 09:21 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 IMHO, knowledge and applied knowledge are determining factors when one talks about experience.

Nov 07, 2015 05:10 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Experience is in the practice of ones chosen field.  Someone can sit in the stands and watch football games for years.  Does not mean, in my opinion, that they have mastery of the game and all its nuances.  Mark

Nov 07, 2015 12:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Number of recent transactions in my book.  30 years in and 5 in the last 5 years does not equal experienced.

Nov 07, 2015 12:20 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I guess that they would both be experienced, having both sold over 300 homes. Experience, however, does not mean that either one cares about their clients, is skilled, or good at marketing and negotiations.

Nov 07, 2015 12:20 PM