When it comes to choosing a real estate agent to sell your home, it can be a bit overwhelming. With thousands of agents to choose from in the Mississauga area alone, selecting the right agent can make the process easy and stress-free. Even though it can be hard to pick from all the different agents, it gives you options and the opportunity to find the one that you feel most comfortable with. Different agents will have different skills and value propositions. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when looking for a real estate agent.
1. Referrals & Reviews
Don’t be shy to ask your family and friends about a real estate agent and their experiences with them. You can also always research online and (read testimonials) from their previous clients. Another great resource is (Rate-My-Agent), there you will find the highest rated agents in your area, with more reviews and testimonials. Nowadays, you can learn more about a potential agent through a Google search than you would from an in-person meeting.
2. Ask Questions
You should always meet with any potential agent to talk over their experience and their plan to selling your home. Many will even have (contact forms) right on their site to make this step even easier. This step will allow you to ask some hard questions directly to the agent. This will enable you to narrow your list down, learn about their experience in the neighborhood, their skills, and their strategy. Always ask as many questions as you might need in order to feel comfortable with them.
3. Look For A Certified Realtor.
It is important to look for agents with the title Realtors. Many claim to be real estate agents, but only those with the Realtor title belong to the top performing agents. Realtors must pass certain annual tests and abide by a strict code of ethics to keep their title. Also, ask them for any awards or achievements they might have received. If they have spent any time at a real estate company such as RE/MAX they may have received some awards like the Hall of Fame, Platinum Club or Service Excellence Awards.
4. Your Thoughts and Feelings
And lastly, always consider your own intuition and gut feeling about an agent. Do they make you feel comfortable? Do you like being around them? Do you get along well? Do you get a negative vibe from them? You will be spending a lot of time talking and working with your agent, so it is crucial that you get along with the person before you select them as your real estate agent.