(Closed) Any advice for picking a realtor?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We went on a referral from our lender.  Now a days with the internet helping you find a house so easy, the realtor really does not have much to do.  Your lender should know who has been around the block.  Congrats house hunting is super addicting!Cool

Post # 4
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’d ask about how they negotiate or maybe ask what percentage their clients usually pay under the asking price to see how good they are at negotiating. Also, how do they find properties for you, are they just putting in search terms or do they look at listings and evaluate them for you so you don’t waste your time. After going out with someone to look at houses, they should get a sense of what you are looking for and help narrow your search down.

Post # 5
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have to respectfully disagree with @Carolyn72–in our experience, having a great realtor made a tremendous difference, both with finding the right house and with seeing us through the closing process. It probably does depend on your specific situation/market and what you’re looking for though.

Definitely ask questions–how long have they been in business? Do they specialize in any specific market? How many homes have they sold in the past year? Are there any particulars about your situation that need to be addressed?

Also, pay attention to what they ask you and how they treat you. Are they quick to respond? Do they really pay attention to what you want and/or don’t want, or are they just trying to make a sale? Are they just finding the same things you’re finding, or are they working inside leads, utilizing their network to find you things that you might not find on your own?

Good luck!

Post # 6
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You can ask them for references. 

Ours happened to be my MIL’s neighbors and we LOVED them. Do your research, but also remember that buying a home is a very personal thing, so achieving a general comfort level is important too. 

Post # 7
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ours was kind of scuzzy, but that really worked in our favor. He was down and dirty in our negotiations, and he knew all of the right people – lenders, inspectors, etc. even though our house cost 1/2 of what he usually buys, he treated us with constant attention and I never felt like he has other priorities. He’d been in business for quite a while, so his experience plus his connections made a huge difference – I wouldn’t go with a rookie, and definitely ask about their time in real estate and how well they’re connected in the community.

Post # 8
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We used the one that our parents’ (retired) realtor recommended to my aunt. We really had no idea what to do, and he’s been REALLY helpful.

I’d definitely find out if anyone you know had a good experience. Maybe they can recommend someone! : )

Post # 10
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@AB Bride:  Really? Most of what I’ve heard have been horror stories, LOL.

Post # 11
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We went with the recommendation of some friends who had recently bought.  They absolutely raved about their realtor and she was everything they said and more.  She scoped out homes ahead of time so we wouldn’t waste our time and was AMAZING in negotiations.

Post # 13
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Darling Husband and I wanted to make sure that personality wise, we meshed well with our realtor so that the process wouldnt be painful. So we went to a bunch of open houses and basically rated them on their interaction with us (some totally ignored us, others were snobby, some were too laid back–like sitting on the couch with the feet propped up on the table)  and then asked them some questions since they would always ask if we were working with an agent yet. We found a realtor that makes house hunting A LOT of fun and we get along really well. Her favorite thing about her job is negotiations (and it’s pretty apparent that she’s good at it) which was a plus for us. She won’t even take us to go see any houses that we express interest in if they are in sketchy neighborhoods or are going to be too difficult to resell (eg. on the corner of two busy streets, too close to the freeway, layouts that are too weird). She also scopes out homes before taking us out since she has a really clear picture of what we like and don’t like based on what we’ve seen so far. If you start working with an agent and find that they don’t seem to keep your best interest in mind or they are pushing you to buy….MOVE ON. Also if they are unresponsive or super slow to repsond, MOVE ON. Our relator emails, calls, texts with us and we never have to wait more than a few hours for a response regardless of how busy she is. She’ll also come pick us up from work in the middle of the day if there’s something that comes on the market that she thinks we absotlutely need to see right away. She has a lot of clients and is super busy, but makes an effort to make each client feel like her focus is on them. Good luck!!

Post # 14
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Open houses and referrals. If you don’t like them move on and don’t waste your time or their time. 

Have to disagree that there isn’t much to do for a Realtor with the internet. While you can look at houses online there isn’t much else available, you can’t see solds and terminated listings in Canada. There is a lot of work that goes into buying (and selling a property) that buyers and sellers don’t see. 

I would also check out your Real Estate Council (this is Alberta’s http://www.reca.ca/consumers/index.htm) as they have a ton of resources and you should be able to look up your Realtor and see that they’re in good standing. 

Full disclosure: I am a Realtor so maybe a bit biased 🙂

Just an FYI – In Ontario, Realtors (at open houses) are required to ask if you are working with someone else. We don’t want to steal someone’s client away and typically no one is going to spend a lot of time chatting up a visitor if they are working with someone and there are other potential clients around. 

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