Bryan Zuetel, Esq. was recently quoted in U.S. News and World Report, a national news site, on the topic of choosing a real estate agent. Here is his excerpt of the article Bryan was quoted in:
"In California, the requirements for a real estate salesperson's license are very low, basically, three classes and a test," says Bryan Zuetel, a real estate attorney and broker in Orange County, California.
"Almost any agent can get a listing, enter the property into the (multiple listing service), create some flyers, hold open houses and fill in blanks on the contract forms," Zuetel says. "However, most agents do not understand, but should understand, the complex contract terms, implications of an unhappy party in the transaction, legal requirements for the numerous disclosures, appropriate negotiations during the escrow period, conflict resolution via mediation or arbitration, and the remedies under the contract."