How to Find the Right

Florida Real Estate Agent

There are so many Realtors® out there and listing after listing of homes...

How do I choose the right agent?

How will I know if they really care?

Here are the 

Top Ten Questions to ask an Agent

Is real estate your full time job?
It is very important that someone is a full-time agent as well as has a commitment to their customers' best interests. Some transactions take longer than others so "volume" of activity may vary.

Have you bought or sold in my neighborhood?
The agent you choose should have good knowledge of the market and neighborhoods in the area he or she serves. 

How do you arrive at a price for my property?

There are many tools in real estate that help an agent arrive at the correct price. Oftentimes sellers believe that their home has a higher value than what has been presented and many times those homes linger on the market. Comps are based on location, condition, community, and features, as well as upgrades (it's important to note that not all upgrades add value to the Property’s sale price). Mugsie knows what buyers want and can do a full assessment for you.

How many clients do you usually have?

This is a tough question because on any given week an agent could be speaking to 12 to 15 people but really only working with a few.  Mugsie is personally comfortable having no more than 10 listings ever to maintain her level of service.

How do you get potential buyers to view my listing?
For Mugsie, prior to listing any properties, she works with the sellers by walking through their house and seeing the home through the eyes of a potential purchaser. Suggestions are made on those items that will either add value or allow/permit a buyer to see themselves living in the house. Then comes professional photography (not photos taken by the agent). Next up is telling the "story" of how the home lives: a Mugsie specialty! Within 24 hours the listing is seen on all house-hunting websites including but not limited to Zillow,, Homesnap, RedFin, etc. Mugsie monitors the traffic on the Internet and should there be any slow down of traffic goes in and tweaks the listing to again bring it to the top of the page. If from the beginning there is little or no interest it’s usually the marketplace telling you that the price is too high. A good agent also sends out an E blast to all agents in their MLS area AND sends out information to everyone in their office (for Mugsie that is currently 188 agents), An agent should also post a listing on several social media websites.

How often will we communicate? Is anyone else involved?

Mugsie will communicate by phone, email, and text. A good agent will be responsive to your requests for information.

Are you a "Buyers Agent" and do I have to sign something to see prospective homes?

All realtors in Florida currently are considered transaction brokers. When Mugsie is working with buyers her full responsibility is with them, and when working with the sellers her full responsibility and focus is with them. Oftentimes, Mugsie has worked with both the buyers and the sellers on a transaction. She does not require buyers to sign a buyer's agreement.

Do you have references?

A good agent will provide you with references and/or direct you to verified reviews on Google and other testimonial websites. You can read Mugsie's reviews here.

What is included in your services?

A good agent will be available to you at all reasonable hours and be on the lookout for properties for you at all times. The agent will be networking and should have a list of vendors to help you during your home selling/buying journey.

What sets you apart from other agents?

For Mugsie the answer is easy:  She makes full use of the internet and advertises on Google and FB. She advises on staging, uses your home's "story" and is present for ALL transactions. She has the uncanny ability to price properties correctly and knows what buyers want! Prior to real estate Mugsie spent most of a successful career in the hospitality industry and was awarded many, many customer service awards. She brings that same work ethic, commitment to excellence to the real estate industry.

“Mugsie helped us sell and buy a new home. She was spot on with her advice and at times when things got stressful, she always made it calm and we felt so much better after speaking with her. She went out of her way to make things easier for us, not for herself. The whole experience was positive and my husband and I couldn't be happier. She is a five-star person." Bonnie L. (verified review)

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Why Choose Mugsie Quinlan?

Photo of Mugsie Quinlan, Parrish, Sarasota, Bradenton Realtor

Margaret Ann 'Mugsie' Quinlan, Realtor®, GRI, has been a Realtor® since 2012,  Mugsie received the Five Star Professional award for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This award is given to less than 3% of the 12,300 Realtors® in the Manatee and Sarasota county area and is based on actual customer feedback.

A resident of Parrish, she specializes in both the growing new home construction and resale neighborhoods of Manatee County including Parrish, Bradenton, Ellenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, FL. 


 Mugsie's notable sales performance has consistently placed her in the top 7% of all real estate agents including 2019.  Her clients consistently give her 5 star reviews!