There are a lot of licensed professional real estate agents in Vancouver. Finding the right agent isn’t an easy task. Getting a referral from family and friends is one of the most opportune ways. But what if you don’t have an idea of what to do or who to choose? What should you look for?
Here are 5 tips to make sure you find the right fit:
Go to open houses – this is one of the best ways to see a realtor in action. You need to see how the realtor interacts with prospective clients and what he or she knows about the property. Ask about other listings, as this will give you an insight whether the agent has done some homework to get to know the area: the price points, what’s sold and how long it took to sell.
Do your own homework – know what your rights are and what to expect from your relator. A good source is the Real Estate Council of BC. Here you can find valuable information buying, selling, strata rules, etc. You can also find out about any realtors who have had their licenses suspended.
Interview – interview at least 3 realtors before you make a decision. Some people like to have a realtor with numerous listings – the thinking is that a popular realtor gets the job done quickly. Others prefer to have a realtor who has fewer listings in order to get more attention for your property. If you are selling, be sure to ask about pricing and what the strategy is if the property doesn’t sell quickly.
Make your requirements known – you may have a wish list. A good realtor will also show you other listings so you understand what is available and what’s selling. Being familiar with the market will help you narrow down your search, and you may even find something you did not know you wanted.
Honesty is the best policy – what should you do before listing your property? Should you paint or declutter, or will that matter? A good realtor will be honest with you and help you show your property to its best advantage, and develop a strategy based on your needs.
With record low interest rates, and increasing property prices, now is a very good time to buy a home. If you want to upgrade to a larger home or downsize to a smaller one, we can help you. Please contact us via email or phone – 604 913 1000.