Selecting an Agent
Do You Have a Personal Real Estate Agent?
Statistics prove you’ll be more successful in finding your dream home at the right price with your own personal real estate agent. If you’re planning on buying a home, you may have already done some shopping around on your own. Perhaps you’ve checked out a few open houses or called the number on a For Sale sign to schedule a private viewing of that property.
Yes, you can do all of that on your own if you have the time and expertise. However, you'll find your dream home faster and get a better price on it if you have an experienced local guide.
Your Real Estate Agent Should Know the Community and its People
It's a good sign if your real estate agent has been involved in the communty and is well known by important community figures. You can see on my homepage I've done a great deal of community work over many years, mainly because my family grew up here. Through that involvement I've got to know many people, such as Toronto Mayor John Tory in the photo to the right.
A real estate agent who knows the Springfarm-Yorkhill and Thornhill markets well like I do, can help you find and buy your ideal home quickly and make the entire process go smoothly. During a viewing, your real estate agent will give you the inside scoop on that property so you know the full story. Your real estate agent will also point out desirable features and potential “issues” that you might otherwise miss.
When it comes time to make an offer, your real estate agent will present and negotiate it on your behalf. If you don’t have your own real estate agent, you would have to deal directly with the seller’s agent who is legally obliged to work in the seller’s best interests – not yours.
Bottom line: Your own personal real estate agent is there for you every step of the way. At least, that’s how I work with my clients.
What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent
When buying a home, you want a real estate agent who…
- Takes the time to understand your needs and goals, so you have a true partner in your home buying journey.
- Explains everything clearly and answers your questions, so you’re never in the dark.
- Has expertise and a track record of success in the real estate market.
- Knows how to find great properties in your price range.
- Will alert you to new listings quickly so you get the jump on those opportunities.
- Will advise you on the best price to offer for the home you want.
- Will prepare and present the offer, and skillfully negotiate such things as price, conditions, and closing dates so you get the best deal.
- Will save you potentially thousands of dollars by ensuring you don’t overpay for the property you want.
- Will recommend reputable home inspectors, movers and other professionals you may need.
Is a licensed REALTOR® registered with the Toronto Real Estate Board, Ontario Real Estate Association and Canadian Real Estate Association.
Not every real estate agent offers all of these services. My clients say that I do. They also tell me how much they appreciate my professionalism, expertise and accessibility.
Ethical and competent representation with a kick…because sometimes you need assistance from someone armed with proven knowledge and experience who can “make it happen”.
Troubleshooting problems is one of my specialties. These two short stories demonstrate my knack for solving problems smoothly:
As a licensed REALTOR®, I am a member of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Toronto Multiple Listing Service, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), and I work with the very successful Right At Home Realty Group. A portion of my commission is automatically donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Ongoing Financial Community Support:
If we haven’t already met I’d be happy to buy you a cup of coffee and talk about how I can be of service. Call 416-576-6656 now or use this short form.
If you’re selling click here to learn more about the process and how to ensure your property sells quickly for the highest price possible.
If you’re buying, click here to find a property that meets all of your expectations.