Interview a few agents – RECO recommends at least three – and make sure you fully understand their experience, how they operate, and what services they offer.
Ask them to describe their knowledge and experience in real estate in a particular neighborhood and with a specific type of property. You can even ask them about their trading activity to understand the types of homes they have bought or sold recently. Sometimes that information is available through the brokerage’s website or other platforms.
Their approach to the buying and selling process is important too, since you want to be comfortable with their methods and sales philosophy.
If you are looking to buy, ask the salesperson how they will search for suitable properties and how they will negotiate with sellers. If you are selling your home, ask how it will be marketed to help attract buyers.
It is also wise to ask each agent for references from past clients and then follow up with those clients to hear about their experience with the agent.