Once you've decided to sell your home, or perhaps you're looking for your next move, the first question you're likely to ask yourself is, "How do I find a Sales Representative to work with?"
One of the best ways to find a REALTOR to work with is through referrals. Ask your family and friends, who have they worked with recently. What were some positive and negative experiences with working with that person? It's important to ask after the good and teh bad. The people you trust will always give you an honest recommendation. Ask them to share their experiences to get a full understanding.
If you don't have a REALTOR, and you don't have anyone that has gone through the selling or buying process recently that you can ask, another good resource is to visit local open houses. Go to an open house in your neighbourhood and speak with the REALTOR that is hosting. Ask them questions, observe how they interact with the public, and just get a feel for their personality and how they work.
Once you have a few options, go ahead and check them out online. Look up their website, their social media pages, and observe how they interact with their client and potential clients online. You can read reviews and testimonials online as well. REALTOR.ca has links to Real Satisfied where you can read client testimonials. The REALTOR may also have Google and Facebook reviews online. Alternately, if you can't find any testimonials online, ask them. REALTORs should be willing to share their experiences and their clients' experiences in previous interactions.
When you do select a REALTOR to work with, make sure you're prepared to ask them questions to ensure they're the right fit for you and your family. Visit our past FAQFriday post, "How many sales reps should I interview before selecting one to work with? What are some good questions to ask them?" HERE to get an idea of questions to ask, and how to prepare for the interview.
Ultimately this can be a stressful time for you, whether buying or selling. It's important to ensure you have the right person in your corner, someone to guide and counsel you, and to hold your hand throughout the process to make it as smooth as possible.