Finding a REALTOR®
When you're buying or selling your home, it is a major financial decision in your life. Which is why you can count on the expertise of a professional REALTOR® on your side to ensure the transaction is completed competently and with integrity.
Why use a REALTOR®?
Your REALTOR® knows the local market inside and out and has access to accurate property values. Once you find your dream home, they have your back and are skilled at negotiating throughout the offer stage. As part of being a REALTOR®, they also have to keep their skills up-to-date with technology and changing laws and regulations through ongoing education and professional development.
How to choose a REALTOR®
A great place to start your search is on REALTOR.ca. You can also ask family and friends for recommendations, or use newspapers or social media.
We suggest interviewing at least a couple different REALTORS®. Some of the questions you can ask are as simple as “tell me about yourself”. You’ll be able to gauge if you’re comfortable with them and their communication style, such as how frequently they will contact you, what method they use most, phone, email or text etc. Some REALTORS® offer different kinds of services, so maybe ask them to walk you through the process to find out if it’s a good fit for what you’re expecting. Some may also specialize in certain neighbourhoods or style of home (like condo or duplexes). You may also want to find out how many clients they have at the moment, and how much time they’ll be able to spend with you.
If you’re selling your home, you can also ask them how they would market your property. Knowing how long they’ve been in the business is important, but don’t automatically discount younger, less-experienced REALTORS® because they may bring a different kind of experience to the table. You need to find the balance for what you’re looking for.
This is a job interview for REALTORS®, so don’t be afraid to ask for references. And check them! The references may be able to answer any lingering questions you might have.
Buying or selling your home is probably the biggest financial commitment you’ll ever make so it’s important to work with someone who you trust. You’re looking for a professional to be on your team, someone who understands your needs, who is knowledgeable in the process of buying and selling. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions until you find the right fit for you!
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