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How to Choose Your Real Estate Agent

So I hear you’re looking to purchase a new home or sell your current place. First of all, congratulations! This is a huge step and is something to celebrate.

Now that you’ve made your decision, one of your first steps will be choosing a real estate agent to move forward with. The good news is that there are over 100,000 agents in Canada; each with their own unique experience, skillset and values. A real estate agent is a critical component to buying or selling and can make or break your experience. While it can be overwhelming to narrow down your options, finding an agent you can both trust and connect with can make the process smooth and enjoyable.

Here are a few things to consider while making your decision.

1. Seek referrals from other buyers/sellers in the area

One of the best resources to trust when choosing a real estate agent (or choosing almost anything, for that matter) is word of mouth. Do you know someone who has used this agent before? Does the agent have good reviews and testimonials? If the agent is area-specific, there is likely another home owner in your circle who had used them before.

2. Find an agent who is an expert on the local market

If you’re looking to buy in a specific area, it’s critical that your agent is familiar with the local real estate market. Ask your candidates questions: what are some of the neighbourhoods in the area? What are the best schools, parks, community areas? What is the average market price for listing or purchasing a home here?

3. Choose the agent, not their portfolio

While a real estate agent’s achievements and experience should be an important factor in your decision, remember that these things can only go so far. Chemistry is key; you need an agent you can work with, speak openly to and trust. If you have a gut feeling about an agent, it is most likely correct.

4. Work with someone you can trust

As a client, it’s up to you to convey the right information to your agent—what are you looking for, what is your budget, what are your priorities? However, it’s also your job to listen to how your agent communicates with you. No matter the technology or support they have under their belt, it takes a passionate, driven agent to take the time to work and achieve these goals for you. Find someone you can trust to do this.

5. Choose an agent who is responsive

Real estate markets can move rather quickly, which means you need an agent who is responsive, flexible and can work around your schedule. A slow agent could be the reason you miss out on your dream home.

But most importantly, remember to take your time when choosing a real estate agent. Do your research, meet different agents and ask questions along the way. As we’ve mentioned, your agent is going to be a large component of your buying or selling process, so it’s important you make the choice that’s best for you.

I was born and raised in Saugeen Shores. I’ve been analyzing the market for years and am familiar with every unique aspect the community has to offer. I am passionate about real estate and finding you your dream home. I also have a background in interior design. This means I can not only help you find the perfect home, but if the home isn't move-in ready when purchased, I can help you envision its potential and work with you to make it your ideal space. If you're selling a home, my knack for interior design will shine through when staging the home and adding finishing touches prior to listing.

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