What to look for in a real-estate broker

With 6816 real-estate brokers on the island of Montreal, how does one choose the right broker?

If you're thinking of selling your property or buying a new one, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is finding the right broker to accompany you through the transaction. This will help you minimize the stress we all encounter whether we are moving, buying our first home or downsizing.

For sellers, the ultimate goal is to sell the property in the shortest time and at the best possible price.For buyers, it's to purchase their dream home for the least amount of money. In both cases, your broker should provide counsel and use their negotiating skills to your advantage.

A professional broker will take the time to ask questions, and listen to YOUR answers in order to determine exactly what your real-estate needs are. Then they will work hard at finding exactly what you are looking for.

It is in your best interest to hire a broker who is a specialist in your area. They must be familiar with your neighborhood: schools, hospitals, shopping, recreational facilities etc. Ask where their office is located. Can they refer you to mortgage specialists, movers, notaries? These are all questions that may arise when one is looking to buy or sell a property.

If you are thinking of selling your property, ask the potential broker to provide you with a marketing plan. How effectively will they market your property? Will they simply put it on the MLS service and wait for potential buyers to call? Or will they actively look for buyers for your property? Are they technologically savvy and will they present your home to all of their contacts because someone, somewhere knows a person who is looking for exactly what you have to sell.This could mean the difference between selling your property to the first potential buyer or having multiple, competing offers on your property.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property, you need a broker who will be available to you and will return your calls in a timely manner. A professional broker will keep you informed with regular updates about the market conditions and especially about your property if it's on the market. You should not have to run after them to find out how things went at the open-house on your property.

Finally you must take into consideration the broker's personality. You should hire someone you feel comfortable with. You will develop a working relashionship with this person and you need to be able to TRUST them. You need to know that they are putting your real-estate needs above all else.

Rakel Saad

Rakel Saad

Real Estate Broker
CENTURY 21 Vision
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