Century 21 agents are at the top of the game when it comes to finding you a new home. Many different agents work under the Century 21 name, however, are all unique, and bring a wide variety of personalities to the table. Here are some tips to help you choose the right agent to suit your needs.
Make sure you can clearly communicate your needs and expectations with your agent. Open lines of communication are vital in making sure you get the home of your dreams. Keep personality in mind, as well. Personality differences are a natural part of human interaction, and might prove to be too distracting from the task at hand - finding your perfect home.
Go to open houses in your area, or the area in which you want to live. Toronto Life’s website has a great neigborhood description resource. Try to gage potential realtors’ knowledge of the neighbourhood - they’ll be a great resource for neighborhood trends.
Background check: Ask your potential agent for references, and google them to check out online presence A great agent will be able to offer you solid proof of their success and their professional conduct. From the other angle, ask family and friends who might’ve recently run the real estate gauntlet, for their opinion on their agent. They might be able to offer a personal recommendation of an agent who did a stellar job.
Consider client base. While agents with a large client list are of course, quite busy, their large client list speaks for itself. They are likely personable, professional, giving of their time, and - in a nutshell - an excellent agent.
Trust, trust, trust. Have a funny feeling of doubt about a certain agent? It might be time to move on. Listen to your gut feelings.
HGTV’s website has a great list of tips for helping you choose a real estate agent. One important point they touch on, is to ask potential agents if they have a “specialty.” Whether you’re looking for a small starter, older estate, or “higher-end” home, you’re going to want an agent who knows the specific market you’re interested in.
Trust your intuition, ask the important questions, and listen carefully. Finding the right agent for your needs is a key step in your search for the right home. Happy Hunting!
The Right Fit: Finding an Agent to Suit your Needs
- August 26, 2009
Broker of Record
CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*