Choosing A Realtor

Find The Perfect Fit For Your Personality & Needs

Choosing a REALTOR® is a personal decision. You may interview several REALTORS®  before finding the perfect fit for your personality and specific needs.

Some of the best ways to find a REALTOR® 

  • Talk to family and friends. REALTORS®  build their business through referrals, so asking others about their experiences and recommendations is a great way to find a REALTOR®  who suits you.
  • Look at REALTOR®  names on property listings in your desired neighbourhood, as these REALTORS® may have a good understanding of that neighbourhood.
  • Search for a REALTOR®  on realtor.ca, by name, office, city or language spoken

Know The Right Questions To Asks

When interviewing a REALTOR ® , there are several questions you may want to ask before entering into an agreement to buy or sell through that REALTOR ® . You may consider asking the following:

Q: How long have you been in real estate?

You may feel more comfortable with the zest and enthusiasm of a newly-licenced REALTOR®  or the sage advice of an experienced REALTOR® .

Q: What is your average list-to-sales price ratio?

A REALTOR® should have a track record of negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices.

Q: How will your marketing plan meet my needs?

Ask specifically about advertising, online marketing, sample flyers, staging and general approach.

Q: How will you ensure I find a place I love?

 Ask specifically about what steps a REALTOR®  will take to meet your criteria.

Q: Do you have any references?

A REALTOR®  should be able and willing to provide you contact information for past client references.

Q: What separates you from your competition?

Listen for the traits you value in a trusted advisor and ensure the REALTOR®  is comfortable with the channels and frequency of communication you will want.

Q: May I review documents I will be asked to sign?

Good REALTORS®  will share important forms with you in advance of signing and will answer your questions about them. Ask to see Agency Disclosure, Listing Agreement and Seller Disclosure forms.

Q: What sort of referrals will you make?

REALTORS®  can be a great source for references to related professionals, such as property inspectors, general contractors, or decorators. REALTORS®  may be compensated for their referrals.

Q: How much do you charge?

Remember: all real estate fees are negotiable.

Q: What sort of guarantee do you offer?

If you plan to sign a listing or buying agreement with a REALTOR®  and are unhappy with the service you receive, will the REALTOR® let you cancel?

Q: What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?

Keep asking questions. The more you ask, the better prepared you’ll be to determine if it’s the right fit.