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“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


February 26, 2018 - Karl Yeh

Whether buying or selling a home, if you are planning to use a real estate agent how do you pick the right one? In this episode, we discuss steps for choosing a realtor, if the type of home you are buying/selling impacts the real estate agent you choose and if (or when) you should change realtors if they aren't meeting your expectations. 

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Karl Yeh:

Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of Homebuyer's School.

Today, I'm joined by Eddy D'Ambrosio, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Elite, and the question we're gonna answer is:

How do you choose the right real estate agent?

[00:00:30] So what's your advice in terms of choosing the right real estate agent, besides choosing you, obviously?

Eddy D'Ambrosio:           

Yeah, for sure.

I think, well, I know most of my clients find me through a friend, a family member, and so I think referrals are always such a great way to be introduced to any professional that you're looking for.

If you've got a friend that has bought or sold real estate, and had a really great experience with a particular realtor, then oftentimes, that's a really easy way to get [00:01:00] introduced to someone that maybe you can have a little bit more trust with right off the bat.

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Karl Yeh:                             

But you do wanna avoid the people that say, "Hey, my uncle's a real estate agent, you should use my uncle."

But like, what are some of the things that you would suggest, steps that you would suggest investigating to make sure it's the right one for you?

Eddy D'Ambrosio:           

Yeah, okay.

So let's say you don't know anyone who has bought or sold real estate, and so you need to go about this on your own.

Then I think one of the first places that I would suggest would be get online [00:01:30] and Google real estate agents in Edmonton, real estate agents in Calgary, and really just take down some names, look through some profiles, read some bios.

Different real estate agents may also specialize in different things, like maybe if you're looking for a new home, you might wanna find a new home specialist, someone who has experience with walking clients through the process of building or purchasing a new home from a builder.

[00:02:00] Then also what you could do is meet some real estate agents.

One of the things that I like to do is, I'll meet with my clients maybe for a coffee.

If they've got kids, meeting for an ice cream is a great idea, and just having a conversation, building trust right off the bat, is so important.

It's such a big purchase, you wanna know that that real estate agent's gonna be looking out for your best interests, so just sitting down and kinda getting to know each other off the bat is a great idea.   

Does it matter the real estate agent and the type of home that you're looking to buy?

So whether it's a condo, town home, or single family home? Or it really doesn't matter, just so long as they specialize in those things, or can it be generalists?

Eddy D'Ambrosio:           

Yeah. I mean, there are, I guess, a lot of generalists out there, real estate agents that work amongst all sectors, so condo or single family.

Then there are some real estate agents that are maybe more community-focused as well.

So if you [00:03:00] tend to see the name of a real estate agent around your community a little bit more, that may be a really good, trusted person, knowing that they know the community that you're interested in living in.

I always say it comes down to trust.

Have a conversation, and, you know, open dialogue and communication right off the bat is really important. Just see if you can connect.

If you connect with that person, and you maybe interview a couple or a few real estate agents, then I think usually it's pretty obvious that there's that one [00:03:30] kinda stand out that you just know you're gonna work really well with, and that winning combination will make for a great experience.

Can you change real estate agents and when to do it?

Karl Yeh:                             

One of the things too, just before we close it off here, there's some point where maybe that relationship started off great, but then suddenly is not doing so well.

And I think part of it too is having the confidence to change real estate agents, right?

So I don't think you're locked into one, necessarily, [00:04:00] for the entire purchasing process, right?

Eddy D'Ambrosio:           

Yeah, you know, and I think if you aren't seeing from your real estate agent what you expected, then one thing I would recommend off the bat is have that conversation.

Maybe just bring that up and, you know, work on it with that person, because usually, you know, I can speak for myself, you care about your clients, and you wanna make sure that they're happy and they're satisfied, they're enjoying the process.

So if there's anything [00:04:30] that you can do to make that better or improve it, then it would be, you know, I know I would love to know about it, so bring it up, say something, and let's make it an awesome experience.

Karl Yeh:                             

Great, thank you very much Eddy. Thank you very much everyone for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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About Eddy D'Ambrosio:

My experience in the real estate industry started in 2010 selling homes for one of  Edmonton's largest new home builders. With over 150 homes sold, I learned what it takes to sell homes in both a busy and a slow market. In all of my years selling homes I was a top producer and in 2014 I received the A.C Westman Award for both Top Sales and Customer Service Ranking which is the highest honour. The skills I learned working in the New home Industry transfer over to general real estate in a big way and make me a huge asset to have on both the selling side of a transaction and the buyers side.

My message to those looking to sell a home today is that my experience and expertise is in understanding the people I'm selling for and the people I'm selling to, understanding the product or property that I'm working with, and developing a creative and effective strategy that will get us top dollar for your home. I enjoy the unique challenge and opportunity that comes with each individual property and I don't work with a one size fits all approach so contact me when you are ready to meet and work together to put together the best strategy for you and your home.

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