Choosing a Real Estate Agent

[Buyer]

Buying a property requires making many important financial decisions, understanding complex issues and completing a lot of paperwork. It helps to have an expert in your corner when undertaking such a large purchase. We can guide you through this process, and also provide you with access to property listings before they hit the general market.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing your real estate professional:

  • What is the difference between an agent and a broker? An agent works in a brokerage under a managing broker. A broker has a higher level of training, experience and certification. A broker may own, manage or be an independent brokerage. A broker can negotiate their commission and normally pay no percentage out to a brokerage. An agent must pay a percentage of their commission to their managing broker or brokerage.
  • Look for a full-time broker or agent – one who has experience completing transactions similar to yours.
  • Interview a few brokers or agents: Are they familiar with the area in which you are interested?
  • Ask how much time the broker or agent will have for you, and if they are available at night and on weekends.
  • Ask about their credentials and education: A good broker or agent will continually strive to improve and gain knowledge of the latest real estate trends and hold the highest designations in their respective fields of expertise.
  • Does the broker or agent return your calls promptly? Time is money when attempting to buy a property.
  • Ask for a list of properties they have sold or a list of references.
  • Choose a broker or agent who listens attentively to your needs and concerns. Pick an broker or agent, that you feel comfortable with.