As a prospective homeowner, selecting the right real estate agent in Edmonton is critical. Your RE/MAX Excellence REALTOR® will keep you abreast of this rapidly changing industry, swings in market conditions, and the availability and demand for property inventory. Your agent also guards your legal interests when facing tough negotiations or confusing contracts.
Identify at least three (preferably five) Edmonton real estate professionals.
Interview the real estate professionals you have identified. Having a conversation with the person is a good way to find out if your personalities and goals match. Here are things you want to ask:
Compare interview notes.
Think about each agent, and decide which one is right for you. You should choose someone aggressive, but who doesn't make you feel anxious or pressured.
Experienced Edmonton real estate agents often earn designations that separate them from the pack. These designations are earned through training that helps the agent become a specialist in certain areas. Pay attention to agents who have designations listed after their names on business cards. Specifically ask the agent what each one means.
Find a Edmonton REALTOR® who is savvy about technology.
Through the online tools available to agents these days, you can expect nearly immediate e-mails about new property listings and quick replies to your queries.
Ask for references from your Edmonton REALTOR®.
This shouldn't be a big deal; it's a last-step investigation that could confirm or reject your impression of the agent.
Before signing a contract, know that the term "Disclosed Dual Agent" often means that the real estate agency does not represent your interests 100 percent.
Try using a Buyers Agent to represent you.
Buyer agency agreements are common, but be careful.
What if the Edmonton REALTOR® doesn't follow up with you? What if you don't get along? What if the agent doesn't understand your needs? Remember that a buyer agency agreement is negotiable, and you can help negotiate the specific terms.
Select a strong negotiator.
Ask your Edmonton REALTOR® whether he or she has ever been in a tough negotiation and how he or she negotiated a fair price.
Usually the seller foots the bill for a real estate professional's commission, but don't assume this will be the case. Ask point-blank what your financial obligations are throughout the process. Your Edmonton real estate agent at RE/MAX Excellence has the knowledge and experience to provide you with a smooth, hassle-free transaction.
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