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How To Find The Perfect Real Estate Agent ?

How To Find The Perfect Real Estate Agent ?

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David Doe
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04 Dec 2021


The number of real estate agents in Canada has exploded in recent years. This is partly due to the prolonged rise in housing prices across much of the country, which attracted thousands to an industry that many saw as a quick way to get rich. That, combined with the relative ease with which a Relator licence can be obtained, explains why the Canadian Real Estate Association now has over 100,000 members. Unfortunately, not all Realtors are created equal, just like any other profession. With so many newcomers, it can be challenging to find a real estate agent you can trust, let alone one capable of assisting you in purchasing or selling your home in a timely and cost-effective manner. The steps for finding a real estate agent are listed below. But first, let's look at the services that a real estate agent provides.

role of a real estate agent

What is The Role of a Real Estate Agent ?

In a nutshell, real estate agents assist people in purchasing, selling, or renting homes. It may appear simple, but many people are unaware of the amount of effort required. A successful Realtor must not only have a thorough understanding of their market but also be able to perform a variety of tasks, such as meeting potential clients, researching MLS listings, organizing open houses, assisting sellers with staging their homes, assisting clients with preparing offers and negotiating, creating property photos and videos, marketing and promotion, and much more.

Open Houses in Your Neighborhood

Touring open houses in your area is one of the best ways to find a real estate agent. This allows you to interview multiple agents without feeling obligated to sign a contract. Instead, you'll be able to see how each of them interacts with potential buyers. For example, do they take the time to show visitors around the house and point out the various selling points? Do they have a pleasant demeanour and are eager to answer questions? While you don't want someone to come across as aggressive or pushy, if they come across as too passive in their approach, it could indicate that they lack the drive to close the deal.

Referrals From Your Contacts

Thanks to social media, it's easier than ever to ask for referrals from people in your network. Send out a request for Realtor® referrals if you're a member of your local Facebook Community Group. People will quickly share both positive and negative experiences and make recommendations. It would be best if you quickly compiled a shortlist of the best real estate agents in the area. Reach out to your other networks, such as coworkers or friends and family, in addition to social media. People close to you should have some suggestions and will not want to lead you astray.

Look Up Agent Listings on Internet

If you're having trouble finding the right real estate agent, you can narrow your search by checking real estate agent listings online from the comfort of your own home. You can see which brokers have the most listings in your area and how those listings appear on the site by looking at your location. Which piques your interest the most based on the best photos and property descriptions? What is the average time it takes for a home to sell after it is listed? Checking agent listings online can reveal a lot.

Consult a Mortgage Broker

Mortgage brokers and real estate agents work closely together because each is a valuable source of referral business for the other. For example, a person looking for a home will require a loan, and vice versa. According to Canadian Mortgage Trends, nearly 30% of Canadians used a mortgage broker to arrange their loan in 2018. So while the broker will want to assist you with your mortgage, they will also be willing to refer you to a real estate agent they trust in the hopes of earning reciprocal business.

Check Street Signs in Your Neighbourhood

Take a drive around your neighbourhood if you're planning to sell your home, and make a list of the various real estate agent signs. While this isn't always a reliable indicator, the most active agents should have the most yard signs, which will help you narrow down your search. Keep track of the sold signs, of course. After all, that is your ultimate goal.

Real Estate Agents Should Be Interviewed

Speaking with a real estate agent or several is perhaps the best way to find one at the risk of sounding too obvious. Arranging a meeting with an agent is free of charge. This way, you can spend some time getting to know them, their personalities and hear them explain how they plan to assist you in buying or selling a home. Prepare a list of questions to ask ahead of time so you can compare notes after meeting with a few agents. Find out if they have a solid plan in place to market your home and if they are willing to keep you updated or answer your questions.

Select an Agent Familiar with Social Media

A successful real estate agent nowadays uses all of the marketing tools. This includes utilizing social media effectively. A social media savvy agent will use Facebook and Instagram to get your property ahead of as many people as possible. Inquire about a potential agent's social media strategy. Also, look at their social media accounts to see how frequently they post and share content.

How to Choose an Agent ?

You might think that interviewing agents in person or via videoconference is a little too formal, but keep in mind that this is the partner you'll need to trust during a financially significant and stressful time in your life. Before making a decision, double-check that all of your questions have been answered and make a pros-and-cons list to compare the finalists. As with most relationship-related choices, the goal is to feel at ease. You're probably on the right track if you find an agent you like who gives you honest answers to your questions and whom you believe you can trust.

Finding The Right Agent: The Best Advice

You can take many steps to find the best real estate agent for your home purchase or sale. However, when it comes down to it, you'll probably have to trust your instincts. The best advice is to use the steps outlined above to narrow down your choices to the top two or three and then make your final decision. While there will always be a few duds in your area, several potent agents will also be. You can also contact us for the best real estate services !

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