Spring is such a fabulous time of year! Everything is re-energized and we start to think of new beginnings. In Spring we often re-evaluate our homes, our careers and how we spend our free time. We contemplate changes we need to make and often one of these is the decision to move! Moving is an exciting event but can often be a stressful process as well.
If a bigger (or smaller) home or a career move is beckoning you this Spring, choosing an agent to represent you will be the first, and one of the most critical decisions you will make.
A big part of my practice is building relationships with my clients by providing them with not only the best service but also making sure they are educated and empowered about the real estate industry. Below you will find my Top Five Traits of A Great Real Estate Agent. Do not settle for anything less!
Buying a house is an emotional decision and it is true that you just “know” when you first enter your next new home. However, the other side of that coin, and equally critical, is hiring an agent with technical expertise to manage the non-emotional side of buying and SELLING. In today’s hot market you need a strategist that can guide you in making an offer that will get you that house on terms that work for you. If you’re SELLING, you want to understand the pricing process your agent uses to arrive at a competitive SELLING price and their plan for success. Make sure that your agent is well versed and experienced in all the legal aspects of both SELLING and buying homes.
If you’re SELLING, ask your agent how well they know your neighbourhood. What aspects of your neighbourhood will they market? Do they have knowledge of other homes that have sold recently in your area? Have they sold in this area before? If buying, choose an agent who has taken the time to learn about your choice neighbourhoods, schools, leisure activities and transportation options. A good agent will have done their homework so they can show you homes that meet your criteria.
The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour! Your agent needs to have a stellar reputation. When interviewing agents, whether buying or SELLING, ask for references and follow up on them. Use your network to seek out an agent that others have been thrilled to work with.
Your agent must have excellent communication skills. This encompasses being a good listener as well as staying in touch with you in a reasonable time frame. Also important is how your agent communicates in the industry; with other agents, potential BUYERS or sellers. They say that good communication is the best predictor of successful relationships. This is true when it comes to your agent relationship as well!
Involved in the Community
Although they will be a Superhero to you, your agent should also be a real person. The best agents are not just working in the community, they should also be playing and giving back too. Involvement in the community is a good predictor of reliability, compassion and an extensive network! All of these assets will benefit you!
I won’t deny it, I’d love to be your agent this Spring! But more importantly I want to build a long-term relationship.
For the past decade I have been helping people just like you buy and sell their homes in Waterloo Region. Before discovering my passion in real estate, I was a university professor, so I am the ultimate i-dotter and t-crosser. Attention to detail is my middle name! I love creating success for my clients. I am well liked and respected in the community and am proud to call Waterloo Region my home. I am deeply involved with Habitat For Humanity as well as Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, helping to create beautiful homes and safe places for the most vulnerable among us.