by Kent Braaten
on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at 12:00pm.
There are hundreds of Saskatoon REALTORS® to choose from, so when the time comes to buy or sell your house, it can be incredibly overwhelming to know where to start. We’ve all heard the horror stories of terrible real estate agents and when it comes to one of the largest transactions of your life, that’s one nightmare you don’t want to become your reality. So how do you decide? How do you figure out who will be the right fit for you?
Start With Referrals & Reviews
The best place to start your search for the best Saskatoon REALTOR® for you is to go straight to the source—past clients. If your friends and family own homes, there’s a pretty good chance that they had to work with a real estate agent to get there, which means they either have a resounding review or heeding words of caution they can share. Ask them who they worked with and what their experience was like. Did they feel like they worked hard to get things moving or did they just plop the sign on the lawn and ghost until an offer came in? Were they personable and easy to talk to? Did they feel confident working with them? And most importantly: Would they use them again?
Online reviews and client testimonials are also a great way to get a better idea of any possible real estate agents you might be considering. They offer further information on the experience of other individuals who have worked with the agent and help to shed some light on what you can expect when working with them.
Many real estate agents may act as though they're the one doing the favour for you in selling your house. The truth is, though, they are the ones working for you.
Treat every first meeting with any potential real estate agent like a job interview—you have a job for them to do and you are searching for the right fit! Don’t just get to know them as a person, get to know what it is they offer you that makes them better than the rest. A good REALTOR® should meet the following expectations:
Experience - How many years have they been in the real estate industry and how has their performance been?
Knowledge - Any good REALTOR® worth their salt should be up-to-date on the local Saskatoon real estate market and what trends are like in the area. They will also know how to apply this information in useful ways to ensure you get the best deal possible in your home transaction, whether you are a buyer or a seller.
Marketing Strategy - One of the most crucial steps to selling a house is marketing it effectively and getting it in front of buyers in the area. Ask each real estate agent what marketing strategies they will employ to showcase your home.
Competitive Advantages - Lastly, I believe it’s always important to ask your REALTOR® what they bring to the table that sets them apart from the rest. Will they offer further education and tips to keep you informed and aware? Will they be available to answer any potential questions you may have? Do they offer the most powerful real estate website in the Saskatoon area? Will they wear an interesting costume at every showing just to keep things fun? (I’m kidding about that last one...I think…)
Go With Your Gut
Choosing a REALTOR® can definitely feel like a challenge, but after you’ve read all the reviews, asked all the neighbours, and interviewed every last agent in Saskatoon, there’s only one place left to turn—your intuition. Which agent feels right for you? Do they feel like someone you can keep in contact with for years to come and go back to in the future? Sure, it can feel pretty great to go with a household name that everyone knows or the Instagram-famous super REALTOR®, but if they don’t feel right for you, then it’s okay to look elsewhere.
The relationship formed between you and your REALTOR® is one of the most important relationships you will have in your adult life. That’s why it’s important to choose the right one for you and your family.