Finding the Realtor For You
For many people, buying or selling a house can be a lengthy process and a major, life-changing transaction. It’s therefore important to put your trust in a professional who can guide you through the process painlessly. But how do you find a Realtor who not only suits your needs but helps you get the most value from your time, energy, and financial investments? It might take some research, but at the end of the day you’ll be represented by a real estate agent who can provide the exact service you need.
Make a list of exactly what matters to you. Do you want an agent who specializes in downtown condos or single detached homes? Commercial properties or rural homes on acreages? These specializations can help you find an expert who has the relevant expertise to fit your situation. From there, it can be helpful to source recommendations from friends and family in your area. Often you’ll get referred to a trusted agent with strong community ties or an unexpected industry newcomer who works hard for their commission.
Browse local directories for Edmonton (RECA has a Public License Search) for Realtors qualified to represent you as a buyer or seller. Many agents and brokerages have websites for you to learn more about the services they offer, and social media to gauge their personalities and priorities.
Not sure if you’re ready to commit but looking for more information? Reach out and call the Realtor who interests you! It’s a proven fact that Realtors love phone calls. I spend lots of time in an office with them and they are on the phone all the time. They love answering questions and if they can’t help right away they’ll be sure to refer you to someone who can. Keep in mind that you may be spending a lot of time together as they help you buy or sell a property, so seek out a Realtor who can demonstrate that they’re on the same page when it comes to your real estate goals.
Once you’ve established a connection and can comfortably spend time with an agent, let them listen to you and your needs. Make them aware of the best way to communicate with you and maintain these boundaries through the entire process. An agent should respect every facet of your agreement and act as a trustworthy partner along the way.
Realtors really are on your side. Almost anyone can work as a property broker, but you can only call yourself a Realtor if you are a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Not only does this require a certain level of knowledge about the industry, but a Realtor will be contractually bound to serve your needs. They can't work against you in any property deal, and they must advise you to the best of their abilities. When you take on a Realtor, you should expect the experience, honesty, and culpability necessary to uphold your best interests.
If you have a feeling you might be dealing with someone misrepresenting themselves or their duties as a Realtor, call the Realtors Association of Edmonton at 780-451-6666 or visit their website to view Professional Standards, find a Realtor, and access resources for buyers and sellers.