"Whether you are buying or selling property, a real estate agent or Realtor can assist in either side of the sale. Buying and selling a home is a major decision and it is beneficial to hire someone who is familiar with the housing market and the process. When hiring a Realtor, it is imperative to find someone who has your best interest in mind. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas offers the following tips as a guide when hiring a real estate agent or Realtor.

Do your research. In Texas, real estate agents and brokers must be licensed with the Texas Real Estate Commission, and you can verify licensing at trec.texas.gov. Also, check if the business has any complaints or customer reviews filed with the BBB by visiting BBBHouston.org.

Ask for referrals. Ask friends and family members who have recently bought or sold their home for recommendations. Ask if they were satisfied with their experience and if they would use the agent or company in the future. Look for residential agents and companies in the area so they will be knowledgeable about the neighborhood and the community."

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