The real estate market is never steady, and fluctuations are the norm. It’s challenging for a layperson to keep track of the ups and downs in the market when investing in a property. Professionals like real estate agents guide you through this daunting process and help you make a well-informed decision as there’s always a risk involved, irrespective of whether you are buying or selling a property.

A realtor researches active, pending and sold listings, completes, submits, and files paperwork, such as real estate documents, agreements, and records with the proper state agencies. He also plans and coordinates appointments, open houses, showings, and meetings with clients and other real estate agents.

To help you invest in the right property or get the best deal for your home purchase or sale, here’s a list of top five things to look for when hiring a real estate agent.

  1. Strong online presence
    It’s crucial to review your prospective realtor’s website and read testimonials about past work. You would want to ensure that you are dealing with someone professional and that uses his or her experience to get you the best deal.
  2. Quality of listings
    Look at the quality of the agent’s current listings and marketing materials. Especially look at the quality of the photography and write-ups. This will be the type of quality that your listing will have. Also, make sure that they are listing on your local board and TREB as there are a lot of Toronto buyers looking to move west of the city.
  3. Positive references
    Ask for a couple of references from friends and family. References will tell you a lot about your agent, whether his services are worth your money or not, and whether he lives up to the expectation of his clients. Talking to previous clients is one of the most efficient ways to get feedback about the realtor.
  4. Quality over quantity
    Don’t be fooled by the size of the real estate team as all you need is one agent to do an excellent job for you. Teams are easy to hide bad service behind. Also, if you are dealing with multiple people of a team, often you don’t have a single point of contact if you have a query.
    Often, people hire a real estate firm thinking they’ll get assistance from a particular realtor who is highly skilled and experienced. However, it’s not always the case, as one of the team members may be assigned to you.
  5. Quality over quantity
    Have the agent paged by their brokerage and see how quickly you get a response, this is a strong indication of the commitment to service.
    If you’re looking for a real estate agent in Burlington, Waterdown, Ancaster and surrounding areas, contact Clinton Howell. He specializes in buying as well as selling properties. He ensures he is good at whatever he does and his clients get top dollar for the quickest turnaround. To contact him, please click here.