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We write regular articles about average real estate agent commission rates, the number of real estate agents working in the Portland metro area, the difference between types of local real estate licenses, where to find the best real estate agent reviews, best questions to ask when interviewing local agents, and much more.

If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months and want an experienced buyers agent that will look out for your best interest, Kami Price, buyers specialist, would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004
503-773-0000

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next twelve months, Stephen would love to tour your home. Call today to set an appointment.

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor
4% Max. to Sell a Home
Cancel Anytime Policy
Licensed Since 2003
503-714-1111

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5 Questions to ask a Realtor in an Interview

June 26, 2020

Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions a person makes during their lifetime, even if they make it multiple times. A good Realtor can make the experience stress free and enjoyable (or as enjoyable as possible) and financially rewarding. But how do you know if a Realtor will perform, how do you know if they are a good fit? Questions to ask a Realtor during an interview: 1. What are the exact terms of your cancellation policy? Okay, so maybe you didn’t expect this to be the first question. But honestly I think it should be. Let’s say you went through the interview process and the real estate agent told you everything you wanted to hear...


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Top Real Estate Agent Review Sites: 2020 Update

December 13, 2019

For a long time, unverified online reviews were the bane of the real estate agent’s existence! Now it’s almost 2020, and we can finally celebrate the fact that actual customers are voicing their opinions online, creating a merit-based system in which the best real estate agents win.  However, the saavy real estate agent chooser should know where to look, because fake reviews are still out there (and we’ve been hit ourselves with some bogus spam reviews from people who simply don’t exist. So where’s the best place to find verified reviews of real estate agents from people who actually worked with them? We’re glad you asked! If you’re simply looking for reviews on the Stephen FitzMaurice Team, you can find...


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How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2019 Update

September 20, 2019

Number of Real Estate Agents in the United States According to the National Association of Realtors 2019 Monthly Membership report, membership hit a historic high in August of 2019 at 1,393,186 Realtors. Now Realtors are real estate agents who are members of NAR and adhere to the NAR code of ethics and pay their membership dues. I cannot find any number on the count of real estate agents (licensed with their state) that are also not actually Realtors, but I imagine the number is less than 1%. For the 16 years I’ve been licensed I’ve never met a single one. Every Realty company I’ve run across makes NAR membership, Realtor membership a requirement for the licensed real estate agents in...


Real Estate Agent Reviews Guide – 2019 Update

June 3, 2019

Find the best sites for Realtor Reviews Frankly it is incredible how many places you can find real estate agent reviews online. But which sites should you trust? Does anyone verify that the reviews are from real clients? And it may surprise you to know that sometimes looking for Realtor reviews can cost you money! Read to the end for those important details. 1. Zillow’s Agent Finder Zillow drives real estate agents crazy sometimes because it tends to have a lot of data errors for home buyers searching their site, while other major home buying search portals, like Realtor.com, tend to be more accurate. But when it comes to real estate agent reviews – I’m grateful for Zillow and we...


Number 1 Listing Agent in Portland, Oregon – 2019 Update

May 21, 2019

For three years running, Stephen FitzMaurice, Principal Broker in Oregon with eXp Realty, sold more listings in the Portland metro tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties) than any other listing agent. There are roughly 9,400 real estate agents working in the same area. These home sale numbers come from our local MLS, the RMLS. Find the Best Portland Real Estate Agent Stephen believes that he is successful because of his customer first model. His real estate commissions are reasonable, 4.25% max. and his contracts are as easy as they come, cancel anytime with 24 hours notice for no charge. On top of that, he spends more (a lot more) than his competition to market his clients homes online so...


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Real Estate Agent vs. Seller Agent Specialist: What’s the difference?

April 26, 2019

Portland’s real estate landscape is vast! There’s a specialist for nearly every activity — and that’s a good thing. To have a hassle-free real estate transaction, you need someone handling the mortgage, someone looking at the title, someone inspecting the home, etc. That’s why a system has developed over the decades in which, in a given home sale transaction, there’s usually one real estate agent for the seller and one for the buyer. Now some real estate agents will take that a step further and exclusively represent sellers or exclusively represent buyers as a career specialization choice to serve their clients in the most effective manner. 3 Seller Agent Specialist Advantages 1. Improved Customer Service When I first started the...


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Choosing a Listing Agent? Check 4 Things.

March 26, 2019

Verified real estate agent reviews, verified sales record, marketing services to sell your home, and total cost — these are the four most important things to consider when choosing a listing agent for your home. 1. Verified Real Estate Agent Reviews You wouldn’t trust a review on a hotel from someone who hasn’t stayed there, so why would you trust a review about a real estate agent from someone who hasn’t worked with them? It is incredible the number of reviews out there on real estate agents from friends and family or even negatively from the competition leaving false reviews. You’ll find these in abundance on Yelp.com. This is why we leave the majority of our reviews on Zillow.com. This...


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Top 1% Real Estate Agent in the United States

February 22, 2019

According to Homelight.com the Portland real estate agents on my team in 2018 are ranked in the United States as: Top 1% Producers Top 1% Buyer’s Agents Top 1% Seller’s Agents Top 1% Negotiators Who is Homelight.com? Homelight as a company, matches home buyers and sellers to real estate agents (the real estate agents pay Homelight a significant fee). In order to match well, Homelight collects and analyses a ton of data. For example, they can tell if a seller’s agent sells a lot of condos verses regular detached homes (we sell a ton of both). They can tell how well the agent did in negotiations on the sell side, what the home sold for verse what it was initially...


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Top 5% Agent in the United States – Explained

January 25, 2019

I am in the Top 5% of all Real Estate Agents in the United States, according to residential sales volume nationwide. 2016-2020 no one sold more resale detached homes in Portland city proper according to RMLS, our local multiple listing service (not counting new construction home sellers). I’ve been in the top 1% of all Portland metro real estate agents for a number of years. I am your Portland real estate agent, residential home sales expert. My team has closed over 2,000 home sales in Oregon and Washington. I hope to be able to put our experience to use in your next home sale or purchase. The national numbers are from a report generated by National Association of Realtors® (NAR)...


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How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make? 2018 Update

December 10, 2018

The National Association of Realtors puts out a Member report annually. In the 2018 report, NAR lets us know: Real Estate Agents Made $39,800 According to NAR this is the median gross income of all Realtors from real estate activities in 2017. Realtors median business expenses for the year totaled $4,580. After all taxes and all expenses, the median net income of Realtors in 2017 was a mere $25,900. The Realtors who worked less than 20 hours a week had a median gross income of $8,930 a year and those who worked 60 or more hours per week had a median gross income of $102,630. For experienced Realtors with over 16 years in the business, the median gross income was...