How to find the right Real Estate Agent
Your best resource for finding the right real estate agent is a referral from someone you trust. Begin by talking to family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. This is a good place to start, as they will be one of your most valuable tools in the process of choosing a Realtor.
Spend as much time as possible speaking to the potential real estate agent to best determine if this business relationship will work for you. This is the ideal time to outline your expectations to the real estate agent and develop a plan to work on together. There are also some key questions that Scott Warner recommends you ask your real estate agent:
Does your real estate agent work full time?,
Ensure that you hire a Realtor that is full time in the industry. A full time real estate agent is preferred as the North Shore market is constantly changing and you will want to be represented by a Realtor who is immersed in the industry without distraction. Full time Realtors will be better aware of industry changes, will have ongoing and established connections within the industry and will be able to devote the time necessary to ensuring you achieve your Real Estate goals.
Scott Warner takes a hands on approach to his business and has been a full-time North Shore Real Estate agent since 1992.
How many real estate sales have you made?
All homebuyers and sellers should want to engage with a real estate agent who understands their market and puts their clients needs first. Along with that is someone who has the knowledge of the specific market of North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Scott Warner has been successfully selling residential real estate on the North Shore for over 20 years. He has consistently been one of the top Realtors® in the North Vancouver office; earning the MLS Master Medallion Club honour for 10 consecutive years, as one of the top 10% of Greater Vancouver Agents.
How knowledgeable are you in the areas that I am interested in looking at?
Being familiar with the local trends and neighborhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver is crucial when looking for a real estate agent. Having a real estate agent that has a consistent presence in a particular community will benefit you.
Scott was born and raised in North Vancouver and attended Carisbrooke Elementary School, Balmoral Middle School and Carson Graham Secondary School.
How many other buyers and sellers do you currently represent?
Try and look for a real estate agent that will communicate with you quickly and efficiently. Knowing your agent has dozens of other clients may not be what you are looking for.
Scott works with a few clients at a time. This ensures personalized attention when you need it the most.
Will you handle all aspects of my transaction or will you delegate some of the work to a sales associate?
If Scott is unable to attend a showing with you, Sharon Warner a licenced real estate agent will be there to take care of your needs. Again, because Scott deals with a handful of clients at a time this does not happen frequently.
To summarize choosing a real estate agent:
Chances are, you may be working with your real estate agent for weeks or months, trying to find your North Shore dream home or property. Make sure you take the time to get to know them and their style. Do they have your best interests in mind? How much individual attention do you want? Some first time home buyers want their hand held through the process and others are looking for a more independent buying process. Know which one you are.
Great real estate agents will listen to what you want and need and then tailor their skills and personality to ensure you have the best kind of experience.
Some tips for Working with a Real Estate Agent:
TIP #1: It is vital you give the agent as much information as possible regarding your expectations and priorities. Knowing when you want to move in, how much you have for a down payment and what kind of financing you will seeking are key items you will need to communicate to your North Shore realtor
TIP #2: Determining a strategy of how you will communicate and get in touch with each other is critical. Outline how to contact each other and when the best timeframes are.
TIP #3: Organization is important to reduce stress levels. Try and keep all of your important documents such as listing sheets and financing documents together.
Why should you work with a real estate agent?
Buying or selling a home in North Vancouver or West Vancouver is an exciting time but can also be stressful. Using a real estate agent allows you to reduce that anxiety as they give you access to their knowledge and expertise while walking you through the process.
Real estate agents are familiar with the life cycle of selling or buying a home -- and all of the steps in between. Whether it is looking at your financial situation and determining how much you can afford to being there on closing day to do a final walk through the agent is there for you.
If you have any questions about this process or any other real estate matters, please contact me at (604) 671-1175