Choosing a Realtor

Buying a home is one of life’s major decisions, so it makes sense to seek advice from an experienced realtor. But with more than 6,700 licensed realtors in Greater Vancouver, how do you choose one that’s right for you?

Start by asking your family and friends about their home buying experiences using a realtor. Was their realtor easy to work with and responsive to their needs and questions?  Was their realtor someone they would use again?

Another idea is to check neighbourhood For Sale signs and get the names of local realtors. By making a point of going to open houses, you’ll also be able to meet realtors in person and casually interview them. Even if they don’t work in the area where you want to buy, most realtors are happy to recommend someone.

Once you’ve chosen realtors to interview, it’s a good idea to draw up a list of questions to ask each of them. Keep in mind that all realtors must adhere to a strict code of ethics, statute law (the Real Estate Act of BC) and a high standard of practice.

 As well, your realtor should:

  • Explain complicated forms used in the transaction;

  • Help you adopt a sound negotiation strategy and negotiate on your behalf;

  • Keep you informed about market trends, assessments, future development plans, taxes, zoning, transportation and more.

  • Help you start your search. They’ll help you consider your lifestyle, your needs and your requirements – and rate them.

  • Give you information about the community where you plan to buy, including schools, shopping, community centers, parks and great coffee places.

  • Talk to their network of realtors to find the property you want quickly, and they can get you appointments to see it.

  • Save you time by matching your requirements with homes listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), a computerized information-sharing network of homes for sale.

  • Be your agent. Realtors have a legal obligation to uphold the integrity of their clients, and protect and promote their clients’ interests.

  • Recommend other professionals, like certified home inspectors, lawyers/notaries, insurance agents and movers.