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If you’re looking for a REALTOR®, here are some useful tips

Finding a Realtor to work with is one of the first steps to buying or selling your home. It’s best to choose someone you feel comfortable with, someone who listens to what you say, asks intelligent questions, and shows a genuine interest in helping you.

  • Ask family, friends, and colleagues who have worked with a Realtor
  • Drive through potential neighbourhoods and note names and numbers of Realtors on for sale signs
  • Go to open houses in the areas you’re interested in

 

Questions

Be sure to interview a few Realtors for comparison, and choose the one who best suits you.

Here are some useful questions to ask:

Are you a licensed Realtor?

REALTORS® are licensed real estate professionals who are also members of a local real estate board. A Realtor acts as an agent for the buyer or the seller -- or, in less frequent situations, for both. But no matter who they represent, Realtors are legally obligated to protect and promote the interests of their clients. All Realtors must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and a high standard of business practices.

Can you give me references from recent clients?

This could confirm or reject your opinion of the Realtor.

Have you been in tough negotiations?

Ask how they handled it. You want to make sure your Realtor is a strong negotiator.

What are your fees?

Usually the seller pays the commission, but it pays to check. If you are selling, ask what fees you’ll be charged and if there are any other costs. If you are buying, ask if there are any costs you’ll have to cover.

How will you find or sell a property for me?

What technology will your Realtor use to search for and to keep you informed?

How do you communicate with your clients?

Make sure you’re both using the same method – phone, email, other.

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