Because clients simply don't have access to the same information about realtors as they do about other service professionals. With that said, there are a few things you can do to more accurately access the suitability of a prospective realtor. Here are tips you can use to hire the right real estate specialist the next time out.

1. Contact former clients

We mentioned that most realtors are self-promoters, as we said at the beginning. You can talk all you want about your credentials and why they are the best candidate for the job. It's only after you ask them for a list of clients recently that you can see how confident they are about their track record. 

It's likely that they are proud of their performance if they give it freely and willingly. If they seem nervous or sluggish, this could indicate that they are worried about what their clients will think of them. You should contact former clients before signing with any real estate agent.

2. Ask about Selling 

Some realtors simply will not rest until they get their clients their full asking price, while others throw in the towel and encourage their clients to accept a lower sale price. It all comes down to determination, work ethic, and how much time and energy a salesperson is willing to put into each project.