How do you verify the broker you are dealing with is legit?
September 27, 2006 3:02 PM   Subscribe

How do you verify the broker you are dealing with is legit?

I've been looking around for an apartment and this would be the second time I'm going to be working with a broker. I hate them with a passion but it's nearly impossible to find anything decent in my neighborhood without one. I saw an apartment that I liked and have an appointment to meet the broker later this evening with my application and tax forms. Problem is, I found him on craigslist, I've never met him (I was late for my apt. viewing so he left it unlocked for me to just go in), we are meeting at a Starbucks, and the only way I know of contacting him is by cell phone. I worry that he could not be a broker at all and I hesitate to give him any of my confidential information before verifying this. How can I make sure I'm dealing with someone who really is representing this apartment and is a legitimate real estate agent? His office is quite a ways away from me and I hope I don't need to go there; plus, the apartment seems to be an excellent deal so I don't want to procrastinate. Please advise!
posted by pinksoftsoap to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
Best answer: Does your state have an internet site where you can verify his license?
posted by reverendX at 3:05 PM on September 27, 2006

Response by poster: i'm in New York (Brooklyn) and i can't seem to find one..
posted by pinksoftsoap at 3:10 PM on September 27, 2006

Best answer: Here you go
posted by reverendX at 3:22 PM on September 27, 2006

Response by poster: thank you !
posted by pinksoftsoap at 4:29 PM on September 27, 2006

If for some reason that is not accessible I would ask him for proof of licensure, references and with what firm is his license held. If he says he is an independent broker I would definitiely ask for professional references and last two or three clients. If he balks--well.
posted by rmhsinc at 4:33 PM on September 27, 2006

This doesn't answer your question (sorry), but:

Ask friends/family/others who they have worked with successfully in the past. Work with those people.
posted by powpow at 8:16 PM on September 27, 2006

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