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Ritch's Real Estate News
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Finding a Realtor
Thursday, 06 March 2014, 04:40:15 PM

How to find a Realtor®.....

Finding a professional to help you buy or sell a home is simple. Announce to some family and friends that you intend to move and see what happens. It is a competitive business, and with over 34,000 licensed Realtors® in the Greater Toronto Area, finding an agent is easy...SELECTING someone to represent your best interests in what is most likely one of your family's most significant transactions is not quite as simple. Finding a Realtor® is easy, choosing a Realtor® is much more involved.

One of the best places to start is with the friends and family that you know who have recently moved....referrals are a tremendous source of business for today's best Real Estate Sales Representatives. People are generally very happy to share their experiences, both good and bad, and any Realtor® who isn't equipped with a list of clients (recent ones) who will explain in detail why this Realtor® is the best....may be someone to avoid. 

Ensure that your Realtor® is fully aware of the both the area that you intend to buy and the area that your home will be sold in. Your Realtor® will be providing you with advice as to how much your home is worth....how is this possible for someone who isn't completely aware of the area and the nuances of this neighborhood. Potential buyers, agents, and interested parties will be asking many questions about the area, schools, shopping, commute times, best routes, and on and on....Your agent will be a key source of information or not....

Know that your agent is fully engaged in this business, the average number of transactions by licensed Real Estate Sales Reps and Brokers in the GTA is less than two homes bought or sold per year. There are hundreds, no thousands of licensed reps who did not do a single transaction last year. The professional you choose should be someone who is immersed in the daily activities of buying and selling homes. You may need to count on someone who knows how to find out what the neighboring lot is zoned for, has there been an environmental assessment completed, how can you check if a septic system is going to last? 

If you are thinking that now is a good time to move, give me a call, I would be happy to provide you with a long list of very satisfied clients who can tell you that I am passionate about getting the best deals done for my clients. From the first moment we meet until long after closing day, my focus is on getting you the best deal possible, and ensuring that your interests are protected. 

 

Ritch

416-817-4318

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