Whether you're choosing a mate or seeking a realtor, trust is the key to a good relationship. While they can not help you with the spacing selection, a reliable realtor is invaluable in assisting your MLS search.
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Just as critical though, is your choice of a realtor to guide you through the process from MLS search to final sale. So do not make it lightly.
Before you hire or propose, you conduct your due diligence (or something that sounds more romantic) to make sure that the person you commit to is honest, straightforward and credible. When it comes to choosing a realtor to begin the MLS search, you need someone who is all of that, and then some. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to do some serious digging.
Plunge into their Past
Experience can be the best teacher, and it's also a good indicator of who to trust for your MLS search and beyond. Ideally look for someone with several years under their belt, but it is not all about quantity. How well they've done is far more important than how long they've done it.
Find out how many homes they've listed and sold over the last year and what sort of homes they're deal with. If your MLS search is aimed at affordable condos and most of their listings were million dollar estates, working with them could be like a blind date gone horribly wrong.
Of course, there's a reason that a prospective employer asks you for references instead of just “taking your word for it”. Unless you have serious self-esteem issues, your assessment of yourself is bound to be glowing. So be sure to ask for a reference from a realtor you're considering as you begin your MLS search.Better yet, get three. Ask these past clients for their honest evaluations and, most importantly, whether they would deal with this realtor on their next MLS search. If they hesitate, or the realtor is the assistant to put you in touch with them, you've got your answer.
Peruse their Present
If you're satisfied with where they've been, it's time to find out where they're at now in relation to your MLS search. What professional organizations do they belong to? In addition to bolstering their credibility and demonstrating their commitment to continuous improvement, the more groups they participate in, the greater their network. This can be beneficial both in maximizing your MLS search when you're buying and boosting your open house attendance if you're looking to sell.
Again, if you want to maintain some healthy skepticism here, you can confirm their qualifications and affiliations by searching their name on the Real Estate Institute of Canada website.
Ponder their Plan
Author and speaker Zig Ziglar once said that “if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Assuming you'd like to aim a lot higher, make sure that the realtor you entrust with your MLS search feels the same. Do they respect your budget? Do they understand your location preferences? Will they take the time to go over your wish list and proceed accordingly? Before you start clicking through the pages of an MLS search, make sure that you and your realtor are on the same page as well.
Once you're satisfied about their past, present and future, do not forget that key key in making your final decision: What does your gut tell you? It's a big part of committing to a partner, so let it also guide you in choosing a realtor to assist in your MLS search for the perfect home.
Just do not ask them to help you find the perfect mate who never annoys you and loves all of your quirks. For that, you do not need a realtor. You need a miracle.