“Can you give me some references from other clients you have worked with in the Laguna Woods market?”

Don’t be afraid to ask for real estate references. This is not confidential information, even though many sellers trying to sell their home in the Laguna Woods market would never think to ask for it. Real estate transactions are a matter of public record, and if you want to take the time to go down to the courthouse, you could compile your own list. However, any agent who provides good service and is proud of his or her work will be happy to provide references.

If possible, contact a few of these references directly. Check to see how well the situations described by these previous clients fit your situation, particularly if you have a complex transaction or special circumstance that requires specific expertise.

This is Question 19 of a series of 29. Watch Melanie Callahan’s blog for more critical questions you must ask in order to select the right Laguna Woods real estate professional for you.

Melanie Callahan proudly serves the real estate needs of residents of Laguna Woods, Palmia, and Casta Del Sol and Casta Del Sol Golf Course homes. Melanie Callahan is your Palmia real estate agent specializing in Orange County retirement community.