When buying a house, it is essential that you find the top real estate company in your area to help you narrow down the MLS listings you may be considering, pinpoint the right listing (home) and negotiate the best price.
The best way to do that is to discover the qualities of the estate brokers in your area of interest. Having this knowledge will enable you to shortlist the candidates quickly, and select the best real estate agent for you and your family.
The best way to find a good realtor is to read local real estate agents reviews on Google. By reading other peoples’ reviews will at the very least help you understand what to expect from the real estate agent you are considering.
To do this kind of business due diligence is free. All it is going to take is a little bit of effort and time. But in the end, you’ll be glad you did it.
Just enter the agent’s realty name in the Google Search Bar and “Voilà,” start reading their clients reviews.
First, try to understand if the services described in the reviews are referring to buying or selling properties and if the reviews are from sellers or buyers. Figure out the kind of property listings the agents provided service for; did they offer a high quality professional service, and in which real estate market area (city, place, or community). Were they able to guide their clients from start to finish, and if they provided the support the clients expected; what type of marketing they did or failed to do (of course, if this is included in the review).
Furthermore, were they responsive to calls email, etc., and respectively if they were helpful, knowledgeable, and prompt to follow up with their clients. All this may sound an overwhelming or complicated, but in fact; it really isn’t. You probably do this already when reading reviews or client testimonials on another website, not necessarily related to new houses, condos, etc.
By paying attention to these details, you will be able to determine if they are the professionals they claim to be and if they meet your definition your ideal real estate brokers.
One thing to remember though is that people with good experiences very seldom write reviews online, while the ones who with bad experiences are the first ones to blow the horn, which is actually a good thing as they want to let others (like you) know about their experience.
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Consider the fact that reviews are subjective. It’s important not only to pay attention to reviewer’s claims or statements but also consider the Realtor’s reply.
Next, look for information that includes specific details of the client’s experience (i.e. how the agent helped them buy or sell their home, and what steps they took to make that happen).
A review that simply says, “He was a wonderful agent!” isn’t as helpful as one that says, “He helped us view numerous homes, kept us informed throughout the entire buying process, negotiated the listing price down to what we could afford, and even connected us with a great mortgage broker who offered us a better mortgage policy than what we were already pre-approved for. We could not have asked for a better real estate agent.”
As To find out if reviews are genuine, just ask the realtor to provide you with some of the reviewers’ contact information. If the reviews were “real,” they should not hesitate. When you do get the contact info, do your due-diligence and follow-up with the reviewers (preferably over the phone).
Before you call, make sure you make a list of questions you want to ask. Remember, if they were happy to leave a 5-STAR review, they should easily be able to have a frank conversation with you and answer all your questions.
Ask them not only about the agent’s strengths but their weaknesses too. When you do this, you will get a better understanding of what is it like to work with this agent and their team and make your own decision if you would like to work with him or her.
Such top Calgary real estate agent is going to be worth the commision. They'll work hard; save you time; negotiate deals for you, and spare you from a ton of stress and frustration.
As you can see from the above, online reviews can be helpful, and it’s good to approach them diligently, but with an open mind. A great real estate agent will surface in your search. Just keep the above tips handy to discern the best from the many agents out there.
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