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They can help define what you are looking for, provide strong negotiating and adept assistance in navigating the market. The trick is finding the right realtor for you. Whether you are buying or selling a home, review these tips and recommendations for choosing a realtor.
1. Neighbourhood Referral
Word of mouth referrals are still a popular marketing method in today’s digital age. Talk to your neighbours and ask if they have any realtor recommendations or experiences they would like to share. If a neighbor has had success with a realtor, chances are you will as well. This is especially true if a realtor is familiar with the neighbourhood and has helped sell a home or helped a client find a home in the area.
After talking to your neighbours, you can do some follow-up research online. Look at a realtor’s website, reviews, social media and current listings. This can greatly help with narrowing down options and finding the ideal realtor. Be sure to research listings in your neighbourhood to further educate yourself on the market.
3. Open Houses
Attending open houses can be a good way to find a realtor. This provides you with the opportunity of meeting the realtor in person and the chance of connecting with them. Don’t forget to ask for a business card after talking with them and make any notes on the back of the card. If you are thinking of selling your home, be sure to pay close attention to how the realtor shows the home.
4. Ask Questions
When looking for the right realtor, you will want to ask plenty of questions. The more information they can provide the better. Ask questions about their experience with the neighbourhood and how they negotiate offers. Include budget and commission talk in your conversation as these are also important factors to consider.
5. Follow your Intuition
Let your intuition be your guide. Your intuition can be a powerful tool for making decisions. Listen to those gut feelings. If you feel you can trust the realtor and that they will have your best interests at heart and will listen to your views, then proceed to work with them. If it feels right, they are most likely right for helping you with your real estate journey.
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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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