The task of buying your perfect home with ease can be marred without any help from real estate professionals. If you are able to find a good REALTOR® though, the entire process of home buying can be convenient, hassle-free and even enjoyable for you.
In fact, good real estate agents in Calgary are not really hard to find. But it's also true that you might bump into average ones or worst, bad ones. So how do you actually find REALTORS® that are not just good but are reliable and credible too? Here's some advice:
- Get recommendations from people you trust: One of the first things that you should do when you're looking for a REALTOR® is to ask your trusted sphere of influence. Reputation has a lot to speak for in the case of realtors. If someone from your family, friends, or even coworkers can recommend a real estate agent who gave them a great home buying experience, then you should try them and see it as well for yourself. It'll be even better if you ask those people who have the same housing preferences as you do to recommend a real estate agent for you. Just keep a mental note that if realtors are recommended, then they are probably good enough to work with.
- Find them online: With the help of the world wide web, you can now find every bit of information you need from simple how-tos to looking up profiles of different people. Now that you have recommendations from people you trust, the next step is to check out if their presence exist online. Ask Google and see which of those agents you have been recommended with are aggressive at their marketing efforts. Who has a website? Who has an updated blog? Who are present in the social media community? Who can easily be found? You read it before: good agents are not really hard to find.
- Get personal: After the recommendations and online “background checks”, you now have to get personal on your choice. Interview your likely candidates and see which one makes you comfortable the most. Who knows the best around the area you are interested to live in – that is if you have a specific area in mind from where to buy a house. Who is the most knowledgeable about what you need? How long have they been in the business? What kind of suggestions are they able to give? Usually, the answers won't matter but the way those realtors answer your questions will give you a good enough idea of who you are dealing with and how they are likely to deal with it. Knowing who speaks like a professional and is still able to make you understand what is being discussed will allow you to assess whether or not you'll be great to work together.
- Perform a credibility and reliability check: One of the most common problem of home buyers is lack of communication with their realtors. Buying a house can be stressful and the lack of communication is another stressing addition. Check out whether your agent returns your calls or emails ASAP. Do they listen to what you say? Do they anticipate what you want or what you need? If you want to find a good agent, you should find those who listen and not just talk well.
If you want the best of real estate agents in Calgary, call Kirby Cox & Associates, at local 403-247-5555!