How to Find a Real Estate Agent

Here’s a common question. How do I find a great Real Estate Agent in Saskatoon? Well, here are some tips from the insiders at Royal LePage:

1. Watch out for Sales Gimmicks

The purchase or sale of a home is likely the largest financial transaction of your life. This needs to be handled by a professional who will price it correctly, market effectively, communicate well, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure you are protected legally. Focus on finding someone with these skills as opposed to someone that will “guarantee the sale” or “buy your house for cash” if you buy their listing. We promise you there are always conditions and fine print. Any guaranteed price will be at a level where the Realtor is protected to the point that they buy your house below market value….who would describe that as a successful outcome?

 2. Ask for Referrals

The great thing about buying and selling a home, is your friends and family have done this before. Ask them for a recommendation of someone that did an outstanding job for them.

3. No one to get a referral from? Ask the broker.

Most brokerages have many qualified agents in their roster and a program to send new clients to a qualified agent that will be a good fit for you. Talk to the broker or manager, describe what you are looking for, and ask them to find the right agent for you. Beware of the broker that recommends himself/herself as your agent. The goal should be to find you the right Realtor, not grab your business for the broker.

4. Use a Trusted National Company

These companies have grown and succeeded for a reason. They market well, recruit good agents, provide excellent training, and manage the transactions moving through their offices. The small start-ups do not have this stuff figured out, which can put you at risk. Trust the professionals.

5. Ask Questions

Ask the agents you are considering how they will sell your home, or help you buy a home. The key is finding someone that will work hard for you, act professionally, communicate well, and you are comfortable working with.

If you are looking for a great Realtor, contact Matt Miller, Associate Broker at Royal LePage Saskatoon (306-260-4720, mattmiller@royallepage.ca). He would be happy to find a great agent to help you.

 

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