The Importance of Edmonton Real Estate Agents

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:17am.

In a healthy housing market such as Edmonton, you want to be sure you have a great agent working for you. Whether you are an experienced buyer or a first-timer, an Edmonton real estate agent will be working for you to get a great deal on a property you truly want. There are many ways to find a reputable agent, but word-of-mouth is usually the best. Ask your friends and family, or even co-workers, to recommend you an agent. By securing an agent in this manner, you can be sure of both their work ethic and their skills because the people you know wouldn’t have recommended anyone they didn’t like to you.
It is easy to skip this step, believe it or not. Many people begin their housing hunt online, sifting through dozens of listings just to get an idea of what they can afford and what’s available. Equally true is how easy it is to pick up the phone and make an appointment with the listing agent so you can ‘have a look.’ Edmonton real estate agents aren’t bad people but they are working in the best interest of their client, in this case the seller. You need to be careful you don’t get swept away and make any hasty decisions. As a buyer you too need a real estate agent to protect your best interests – not to mention that there are a whole lot of things they will have access to and knowledge of that you won’t.
Edmonton is large and spread out city. Like anywhere else there are foreclosures, condos, townhomes, single-family homes and even rent-to-own options available. Foreclosures and condos can come with more strings attached than many realize so you will want an experienced Edmonton real estate agent to walk you through these types of purchases.
While independent sales systems, like Comfree, are becoming popular there is a whole lot missing from those systems. The biggest gap is in knowledge and while these systems claim they can make up for that via customer service representatives and online guide books, it really just becomes a huge hassle when you are shopping in a hot market. Do yourself a favor and snag an Edmonton real estate agent before you go house-hunting.

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