Pick a real estate agent - Look up the licensing
States will have boards that license and discipline real estate agents in those states, says Phipps. Check with your
state's regulatory body to find out if the person is licensed and if there have been any disciplinary actions or
Some states, including Virginia, Arizona and California, put the information into online databases that consumers can
search. "But I think very few people do," says Robert Irwin, author of "Tips & Traps When Buying a Home."
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