Items you will need
- Property address
- Sale date
- Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data.
There are often two different realtors who work cooperatively to complete the sale of a home. Both actually have the right to claim that they “sold” the house.
A listing agent markets the home for sale and represents the sellers. The other agent represents the buyers in a transaction, and is usually referred to as the buyer’s agent or as the selling agent. Occasionally the listing agent represents both parties, but this is not the most common scenario.
Finding out which realtor sold a house in your neighborhood usually involves identifying the buyer’s agent, who are not identified as readily as the listing agent.
Identify Who Can Help You
Ask the new owner who their agent was. This is the easiest way to find out who sold the house. If the new owner is not available, you will need to talk to a realtor to access their multiple listing data.
Call a realtor you know. You will have the best chance of getting the information you want when you have an established relationship. Realtors take pride in being knowledgeable about recent transactions and are happy to chat about them.
Call the listing agent if you don’t know any realtors. Listing agents are often identified on the For Sale sign. Ask the listing agent who represented the buyer.
Call a realtor who doesn’t work in the immediate neighborhood if the listing agent isn’t helpful.
Ask the neighbors. This step is not always reliable, but it can work. Buyer’s agents and listing agents sometimes send out postcards following a sale.
A friendly realtor from out of the area is ideal because she is not as interested in soliciting your business. If you are trying to find a local agent, an out of area agent is usually happy to assist you with research. He will often have access to the local Multiple Listing Service or can make calls to fellow agents for information. They will arrange an introduction and be able to collect a referral fee from any resulting transaction. A referral agreement between agents doesn’t cost or obligate you in any way and is common practice in the industry.
Be aware that most realtors will avoid directing you to another agent. The only exception would be an out of area realtor. Real estate is a very competitive business. Any realtor you contact will want to know the reason for your curiosity. Even if you have no immediate need to buy or sell, they will resist directing you elsewhere.
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