Monday, February 25, 2013

Finding the "Right" agent

Finding the right real estate agent for you is paramount. 

Here are some questions to ask prospective agents and help you narrow down your list:
Good agents should impress you with their knowledge of the local real estate market and their ability to appreciate what you are looking for in a home. They should be able to show you what is available in your price range, and how the features and benefits of specific houses and neighbourhoods fit your requirements.  Always be honest when discussing your next home—your agent can help when he or she fully understands your needs, after all every family is different, and a good agent appreciates this.  They should be able to advise you on how to find a home that meets your unique circumstances and lifestyle.
If you don't have an exclusive agency agreement with your sales representative, you're not legally obligated to work only with him to find your next home. It may, however, greatly benefit you to do so. Talk to your prospective real estate agent to find out his position, and then determine what's best for you.
Agents work extremely long hours and try to be available whenever and wherever you need them. But however accommodating they try to be, they are not always available.   Ask your prospective real estate agents what arrangements they have in place when  they are not available.
The most important question you can ask is:  “What distinguishes you from everyone else.? ” Every agent tries hard to give top-notch service.  You may be surprised at what they have to say and, just as importantly, how they say it.  When the interviews are over, it's time to make a choice. Think about what the real estate agent told you, and ask yourself some questions:
* Did they seem trustworthy and honest?
* Were they realistic when discussing your home purchase?
* Did they communicate well? Were you on the same page?
* Were they committed, motivated and experienced?

If you are satisfied with the answers then you are on your way to a pleasant  and exciting experience finding your dream home.

The research for the foregoing was provided by Royal LePage Canada—your ”All Canadian” Realtor

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