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Do You Know How to Find A Real Estate Agent?

Samantha Prince 2016-05-16

Whether you are trying to sell your home or looking to buy a new home, finding a good real estate agent is often the first step you should take to ensure a positive and successful real estate transaction. Not all real estate agents have the same expertise and the same level of dedication to their customers. Here are some tips to help you find a good real estate agent to assist you with selling or buying a house.

1. Ask friends and relatives for a reference

Start by asking your friends and relatives if they have any good real estate agents to recommend you. If the agent that worked for them achieved positive results, you should be able to expect positive results for yourself as well.

Keep the contact information of all the agents that are recommended to you. Try to learn more about each of them online, or get in touch with them to ask them about their achievements and their qualifications.

2. You need a real estate agent with a great reputation

Make some research to learn more about the reputation of each real estate agent on your list. You want to deal with a professional real estate agent with great qualifications, experience, and a proven track record. For example, Darren Slavens from Slavens & Associates Real Estate Inc. has an impressive record in the real estate industry. This is the calibre of real estate agents that you should aim for during your search.

Watch this video to learn more about Darren's work:

No matter who you end up choosing, make sure to ask each agent how long they have been in the business, how many homes they have listed and sold recently, and other similar questions. Compare the information you have found on different agents to help you make your choice.

3. Search for a local real estate agent

Ideally, you should try to choose a real estate agent who lives and works in the neighbourhood where you would like to live. A real estate agent who is familiar with the real estate market of that community will be helpful, especially if he can also provide you with information on the surrounding schools, parks and stores.

If you can't find a real estate agent who lives in the neighbourhood that interests you, you should at least try to see if they have a good knowledge of the area.

4. See how busy a real estate agent is

Look for a real estate agent who is working full-time, instead of someone who is only doing this on the side. If the agent appears to be busy, that is probably a good sign. Mediocre real estate agents don't attract a lot of clients.

However, beware of agents that are too busy. You want someone who will be able to take their time to work with you to achieve real results, and you want to be able to show your home to potential buyers or to visit homes when it's convenient for you.

5. Make sure your real estate agent can be reached online

Make sure the real estate agent you choose can be reached online, but is also working online. Today, most buyers are browsing through listings online to find their dream home, and good real estate agents are aware of this.

You should be able to contact your real estate agent by email or by text messages, and their website should be informative and easy to navigate.

6. Choose a real estate agent that understands your needs

Finally, it's important to choose a real estate agent who understands your needs, and is ready to work hard to fulfill them. Choose an agent who can respect your budget or your desired price, give you advice when you need it, and is ready to work with your buying or selling plans or to suggest you a plan that you can agree with. If you are looking for financial advice when it comes to buying a house, Romana King from MoneySense has written some great articles on how to buy a house with only 5% down.

Listen to Romana speak to Global News in the below video:

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