Choosing a Canadian real estate agent
When you first venture out into the Canadian real estate market, you’ll need a great real estate agent to help guide you, find a home you love and get you results. But how do you choose one?
Ask friends for referrals
Your friends or family members who have recently bought or sold a home may be able to give you the scoop on a great real estate agent they worked with. Real estate agents may also be able to provide you with some references of their own.
Ask if the real estate agent can refer you to other services
A good real estate agent may have taken years to build up solid relationships with other professionals who provide services related to home buying, such as home inspectors or real estate lawyers, as well as help you to arrange these services.
Use a Realtor
Realtors are full-time real estate agents, not people who sell real estate as a side job or hobby. Realtors are licensed, belong to their local real estate board as well as the Canadian Real Estate Association. They have the training necessary to guide you through the real estate process as well as access to the Multiple Listing Service. Realtors undergo continuing education throughout their careers and they also must follow a strict set of ethics put forth by both the Canadian Real Estate Association and their provincial real estate association.