But in a sea of agents that all look the same, finding a REALTOR®, one in whom you can safely place your trust, who combines thorough market knowledge with intelligent experience, who speaks candidly without the fear of losing your business and whose personality meshes comfortably with your own?
Finding a real estate agent just right for you can be a daunting task.
And by the way; if you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur!
You could pick one by throwing a dart at the numerous advertisements in the real estate section of your local paper or magazine. I call this ad roulette.
Or you might be successful finding a REALTOR® by calling one of several local real estate brokerages and asking for the duty agent. Since most experienced agents are often busy serving clients, they sometimes refuse office duty time. Thus, many duty agents are newer. I call this method of choosing a REALTOR®, duty roulette. I know, I know, everybody needs to start somewhere, but do you want them to 'cut their teeth' serving your important real estate needs?
Or you could surf the internet in an attempt to find a REALTOR® in your local area, but there are countless websites. I call this website roulette.
Or you could visit the various brokerage corporate websites and peruse all the pretty agent photos. After investing tons of time surfing, you could hire a pretty face or find a real estate agent who boasts about all their sales. This is pretty face roulette. Click here to search active listings in Canada, or here for the American MLS® system, where you might luck out.
Or you could call the agent with the most lawn signs in your neighbourhood. This may not be a bad idea. But then again, that agent may prefer to list and not personally work with buyers. They may limit their service to listing your home and wait for another agent to sell it. What would you call this; lister roulette?
Or you could respond to the endless stream of resource-destroying junk mail appearing weekly in your mailbox, extolling the agent's many virtues; junk mail roulette. It's amazing how many ways a real estate salesperson can claim they're number one. They've won this or that award or sold so many homes that year. They claim never to sleep or offer mysterious guarantees that when boiled down, translate into a much lower price for your home. Blah, blah, blah ...
Or you could minimize the gamble by asking a friend, family member, business associate or trustworthy neighbour for a recommendation. This method of finding a REALTOR® is less risky. Your friend may have already undergone the complicated and time-consuming process of interviewing and finding a REALTOR®. They may have even received a positive recommendation from someone they trust, and enjoyed good results.
A referral from a Trusted Source is by far the best way of finding a REALTOR®.
Or you could contact me.
If you're considering buying or selling real property in southern Ontario, whether town and country realty, that is city, suburban, condominium or freehold, rural or recreational real estate, residential, commercial or industrial, I may be able to help you find a good real estate agent. Anyone I recommend will be pre-screened, so you'll not have to worry about the quality of service.
If your interest is in the City of Toronto, I recommend The Wilson Sisters. They're a top-producing team that has been delivering honest, dependable service to countless satisfied clients for many years. Tell them their old man sent you.
Or if you're looking to buy or sell in Peel, Halton, Wellington and surrounding areas, I recommend Helen McLean, Sales Representative with iPro Realty Ltd. You'll not find a better, more sincere agent!
The problem with placing your trust in an agent that didn't come recommended is that the agent may deem it necessary to close you on listing with them or press you to buy through them before you wander to another agent. They may suggest a higher list price for your home just to win the listing, only to call a couple of weeks later to recommend a significant price reduction.
What you want is Good, Honest Advice from an agent who puts your interest ahead of their own. No Pressure.
Take a moment to complete the contact form and I'll reply and help you through the very important process of finding a REALTOR®. You'll not regret placing your trust in me. I promise.
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