Ask friends and family members for names of agents they have used and who did a great job.

• Pay attention to designations. This is how you will know what a real estate agent specializes in, how commited they are, and any special interests they may have. You may be interested in these designations: ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), CRP (Certified Relocation Professional), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), and FRI (Fellowship in the real estate industry). There are dozens of designations Saskatoon Realtors pursue for continuing education, so find one that fits your needs.  Their community involvement and industry involvement are also worthy of notice.

• If you’ve found the general area in which you’d like to move, do an informal survey by driving through neighbourhoods and viewing yard signs. Seeing the same name pop up time after time may indicate that person is a specialist in the area.

• Once you have your list narrowed down to about three real estate professionals, schedule interviews. Agents may ask to meet at your home if you are selling. If you are buying, expect to meet the agents at their offices.  Of course, COVID 19 protocols should be followed.

• If selling, ask the agent how he or she would establish a price. You may request a Comparative Market Analysis, also called a CMA, which shows the actual market value of similar homes that have sold in the area.

• If selling, ask the agent how he or she would market your property.

• Ask the agent how often you should expect to hear from him or her. Know how and when you will communicate to avoid unrealistic expectations.

• Ask how long the agent has been in real estate. While time is not the most important factor, it may demonstrate the agent’s competency.  Ultimately, you want to select an agent you feel comfortable with and who has demonstrated a strong knowledge of the current market conditions & the selling process.

• Ask the agent what his or her fee structure is. Do they demonstrate a good value proposition?

• If you are unsatisfied with the agent’s plan or personality, thank the agent for taking the time to meet with you, and repeat the process with another agent. It is time-consuming to meet with multiple agents, but it’s worthwhile to find the right one.

There is a difference between a typical agent and an Executive and, it shows in every single transaction.

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