Finding a real estate agent is usually the first step you take as a prospective buyer or someone looking to sell. A good Realtor can make the difference between a smooth, painless process, or months of frustration.
It’s important to take your time and find someone who you trust and truly understands your needs.
As Pemberton is a fairly nuanced market, when looking for an agent you should ensure that the person you choose is an expert in the local market. In real estate micro-climates such as this, you need to be fully confident that the Realtor you select thoroughly understands the intricacies of the location.
In order to help you get started, we have put together some tips for finding the best fit for you:
Do your research
Take your time to research the decision, after all, purchasing a property is one of the most important decisions you can make, and the agent you choose will have a big influence on this.
Look for someone local to Whistler or Pemberton as they will be the most knowledgeable in the area, and you can trust that they understand the current market trends.
Individual Realtors will have their own websites so you can carry out your initial research without meeting them. Following that you can begin to make a shortlist of agents you feel would be a good fit.
Make a shortlist
Look for people who you feel will connect with you and understand your needs and wants. As you research make a list of agents you would potentially like to work with. Factors to consider could include expertise, experience, locality, and potential specializations in property type.
After you have made your list you can begin interviewing the agents to determine who is the best fit. Ask questions about your needs, as well as determining their specific services, what representation they offer, their expertise in the area, and their fee.
When it comes to making the decision you should be fully confident in your selection and it should feel like the right, logical choice.
Finding the right fit
As a rough guideline to finding the right fit here are some questions to ask your prospective agent depending on whether you are buying or selling:
- How long have you worked in the area?
- What specific services do you offer?
- What are the current market trends?
- How long are homes typically on the market?
- What are the average prices?
- What is the average difference between list and sales price?
- How many sales did you complete last year?
- What is your fee?
- How would you price my home?
- How would you market my home?
- Do you have any advice regarding my specific property?
- How available are you if I contact you?
- What sets you apart from other agents?
After speaking to each agent it’s time to make a final decision. Look through your notes and determine who understands your needs and will enable you to make the best decisions given your individual situation.
If you are currently looking at buying or selling a property in Pemberton, get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide all the information you need!