Here’s what to look for in a realtor

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Your real estate may be your largest financial asset. When you are ready to sell or purchase, choose a broker who works with you to provide up to the minute information to make the most informed decisions. Select the a broker with who you can communicate, someone who has extensive experience in north shore property sales, marketing, negotiations, inspections and who will keep your transaction on track, from your personalized premarketing plan to a successful closing.

Questions to ask your next agent:

How long and where have you been practicing?

Is being a realtor a full-time career or a part-time job?

How many of transactions have you completed?

What are the highlights and challenges of my home and location?

Can you provide a reference list?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Do you have written market plan?

How do you help clients prepare their home to maximize the value?

The certified residential specialist designation, or CRS, is the proven path to success in residential real estate. Realtors who have earned this credential did so by completing extensive training and by demonstrating significant experience in managing real estate transactions.

Less than 3 percent of the more than 1 million realtors working today can call themselves a CRS designee. This group represents the elite performers in residential real estate.

If you are looking for a certified realtor, contact the Coldwell Banker Rosinski Group. The business believes that what makes a house a great home are the people who live in it and great communities are made up of the people who live in those homes.

Mary O’Rourke and Tim Rosinski of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is located at 640 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe and at 2929 Central St. in Evanston. For more than 30 years, these agents have been honored and pleasured to work with clients to buy and sell homes in the North Shore communities. For more information, call (847) 293-6167, email or visit