Whether you are buying or selling, a house or a condo in Winnipeg, chances are you’ll be using a Winnipeg real estate agent to help you in your quest. With over 1,500 local REALTORS® competing for your business in Winnipeg alone, you should expect a certain level of service. Here are some of the main qualities to look for in a real estate pro, whether you are buying or selling, a house or a condo.
What to expect when buying a home
When buying a home, consumers should be working with their own Buyers Agent. There are a number of reasons why this is highly recommended. Here are a few things you should expect from your buyers agent:
When you make an appointment, he/she should be on time, every time. If they are running late, you should expect a courtesy phone call at the very least. In addition to punctuality, being well groomed and properly dressed is an important part of professionalism.
Before hiring a Winnipeg real estate agent, ask them “Who will be looking after me?” Will they shuffle you off to an assistant? If you have questions or concerns, WHO will answer them? Please be sure to have these facts before you sign any buyer agency agreement.
Quality Business Connections
When buying a home, you’ll need a list of people who will help you in the process: alawyer, home insurance company, home inspector, and possibly renovators, painters, movers. Does your prospective Winnipeg real estate agent have trusted service providers he/she can recommend?
Can you reach your agent directly, at all reasonable times? Will they respond quickly, or take a day to get back to you? How can you reach him/her? Thru an office call service or direct call to their cell phone?
Track Record & Reputation
Before hiring an agent, check at least two places: Google their name and add the words ‘google reviews’, so for example “Bo Kauffmann Google Reviews” . And secondly, also check to see if they have any BBB ratings or reviews. While great reviews don’t guarantee future performance, they are an excellent place to start.
What you should demand from your Listing Agent when selling your home:
All of the above, plus more:
Professional Photographs of your home
I’ll admit, this one is a personal pet peeve of mine. Seeing $500,000 listings with photographs that look like they were taken by a cell phone drive me crazy. Sellers deserve to see their home, online, in the best possible light. Make sure your Winnipeg real estate agent hires a professional photographer to shoot the pics and video for your home. When hiring a listing agent, here are 10 questions you should ask them.
Access to Technology
Although over 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet, there are still agents who do not have their own website. When selling, does your Listing Agent use the latest tools to market your home? Are they active on social media and using those platforms to market their listings?
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