Experts say that at least 90 percent of homebuyers rely on real estate agents for advice and guidance. But with more than 8,500 agents in the Sarasota Bay area holding real estate licenses, finding an agent with market knowledge who operates with an emphasis on integrity and service can be overwhelming.
SARASOTA MAGAZINE can help. Since 2005, Sarasota Magazine, in partnership with an independent research firm, has been surveying recent homebuyers and other industry experts to find real estate agents in the Sarasota Bay area who consistently WOWED their clients.
The Selection Process: QMI Research administers a survey, my mail and phone, to homebuyers who recently participated in a home purchase. Additional ballots are submitted to mortgage and title companies, who are often best able to judge a real estate agent's technical skills and knowledge. The ballots ask recipients to evaluate agents based upon customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiations, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.
Nominated real estate agents are then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of local industry experts consisting of realty company executives, professional and trade association officers and others directly involved in housing-related businesses.