Choosing a real estate agent: top 3 keys to consider

If you are thinking about selling your home or cottage, or buying a new one, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed.  There’s a lot to think about and a lot to do when getting a property ready for sale and when looking for a new one.

By choosing a real estate agent, you are partnering with a professional who will be your guide through this overwhelming process.  To help you with this task, we’ve outlined 3 factors to consider when choosing a real estate agent.

What to think about when choosing a real estate agent:

  1. Expert knowledge of your area. You want your real estate agent to be an expert in the area you live in.  Obviously, you want to work with someone who has a keen understanding of the real estate market conditions in your neighbourhood.  But choosing a real estate agent who knows the features of your neighbourhood, town, and surrounding area is important too.  If your agent can effectively and knowledgeably present the advantages of living in your area to prospective buyers, it can help sell your home.  If you are looking for your new home, your agent’s knowledge of the area can help you choose a home in an area that has features and amenities that are important to you and suit your needs.
  2. Supportive customer service. Selling your home and buying a new one are big decisions which can be nerve wracking and stressful.  Work with someone who is available to answer your questions and talk you through all of the decisions you’ll be making throughout the process.  Choose someone who listens to your concerns, your wants, and your needs and then works to come up with a plan of action you are comfortable with.
  3. Excellent negotiation skills. The buying and selling process requires negotiation.  A real estate agent with excellent negotiation skills will be able to understand the other person’s needs and present a deal that addresses those needs while serving your best interests.  Negotiation means a little give and take, and an expert negotiator is able to evaluate and explain an offer to you, provide advice based on your needs, and help you craft any counter-points you’d like to make.

To learn more about our philosophy on buying and selling your home, give us a call!

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