Finding a Licensed Real Estate Professional
So, you’ve decided to buy or sell a property. And, you know you want to hire a licensed real estate professional to help you with your purchase or sale – but how do you go about finding one?
Every consumer has different needs and it’s important to find the real estate professional that will suit your needs. But how?
Word of mouth referrals
Talk to your friends and neighbours. Get recommendations from them about experiences they’ve had with licensed real estate industry professionals.
Google is your friend. Almost all real estate professionals have an online presence, whether it’s a personal website or profiles on various social media sites. Do some searching online and find someone that appeals to you.
Check the RECA website
RECA posts all of its disciplinary decisions on its website. If you’re looking for a real estate professional, check the Decisions & Appeals tab on RECA’s website for two years of disciplinary history, to see if the professional you want to work with has been disciplined.
Interview some options
While the above suggestions will help you find some options, they won’t tell you exactly which real estate professional is right for you. Your next step should be to interview the real estate professionals you are considering. Make sure they have the experience, background and knowledge necessary to assist you in your purchase or sale. It’s also a good idea to ask them for references.
Regardless of how you find a real estate professional to work with, make sure you understand the services he or she will provide. Written service agreements are required in Alberta when you’re the client of a residential real estate professional. Your real estate professional will ask you to sign a written service agreement. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with what you’re signing. For more information about written service agreements, click here.