Like with any important aspect in your life – your health, your finances, your education, etc. – you want to find the best resources and professionals available. Selling or buying a home is no different and choosing a real estate agent is key to the best results.
There are many real estate agents in the GTA to choose from, all with great experience, but not all of them will be what you need. Much of your decision comes down to finding the one that meshes with you specifically.
Here’s how I recommend choosing a Real Estate agent perfect for you:
- Ask for referrals from friends, family, and neighbours
The people you know are trusted resources and a great place to start. Reach out to friends and family who’ve sold or purchased a home in the last year, and ask if they’d recommend the real estate agent they worked with.
- Don’t settle for the first agent you meet if it doesn’t feel right
Don’t just sign with the first person who says they can get you the best deal or the agent with the lowest commission. If you don’t feel that spark or something feels off, then interview a few more agents until you find the one that will be best for you. Speaking with a few professionals can help any negatives or positives stand out. It’ll also make you more confident in choosing a real estate agent; you’ll know for sure they’re the right choice.
- Research their expertise and online reviews
In this digital age, you have tons of information at your disposal and you should use it! Most agents or agencies have websites, social media pages, and online reviews. Do a thorough search on the professionals you shortlist. Look for reviews, testimonials, and their expertise. It’s good to know beforehand if a realtor works with a lot of properties like yours or has first-hand knowledge of your neighbourhood.
- Ask lots of questions!
Meeting with a few agents in person is the chance to answer any lingering questions. Don’t be shy about asking those questions either. Real estate is a huge financial move, there is no shame in being as prepared as possible.
- Neighbourhood knowledge
Knowledge of the neighbourhood you’re selling or purchasing in is important in a realtor. Someone who’s worked entirely in Oshawa isn’t much help if you’re looking for a home in Vaughan. Likewise, a realtor that sells luxury properties isn’t the best choice to shop for a condo. Choosing a real estate agent who knows your desired area can narrow down the best spots for you based on your property ‘must-haves’ and ‘wants’. On the other hand, a listing agent who’s worked with your neighbourhood a lot knows which points to highlight to potential buyers.
- Goal/expectation match
You and your realtor need to be on the same page. Have an honest discussion about your expectations. Make sure the agent you choose has the same goals. At the same time, don’t completely dismiss an agent if they recommend adjusting your expectations a little. They know the market and don’t want to blindside you.
- Go with your gut
The most powerful deciding factor is your gut. You can have the perfect choice on paper but if you just can’t shake a bad vibe, that’s a sign to listen to. You should feel comfort, ease, and trust with the real estate agent you choose. It’s about finding someone who can make your sale or buying experience as seamless as possible.
In the end, you’ll know without a doubt when you’ve met the right realtor for you.
Like with any important aspect in your life, you want to find the best resources and professionals available. Selling or purchasing a home is no different.