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How do you find a realtor?

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How do you find a realtor?

Edit: found one, thanks for the referrals!

So we applied for pre approval through a broker, who referred us to their partner realtor. However, this person likely isn't an expert in all of the GTA, butt they are offering a $3000 cashback on $600k purchase.

We are kinda looking now in Durham area and how the heck do you find someone who's an expert in that area who you can trust? Is that even necessary (being an expert in the area)?

Need help!
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Doesn't matter how you find them IMO. But once you do (e.g. referral, listing agent, bus sign), my advice is to get someone who knows the area and also meet with them and just get a vibe from them. I made the mistake not doing either with the first 2 and it was a horrible experience (both were referred to me by family or friend). Third time, was the charm - met her through my physio. We met for a coffee - she grew up in the city, experienced, knows her stuff and we had a good rapport - we're still friends. Biggest advice - trust your gut. I ignored my instincts with the first 2 and I'm soooo lucky I didn't get myself into a situation I didn't like because I made offers through both of them. Also - don't sign a BRA - if they insist, run the other way.
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hierophant wrote: Doesn't matter how you find them IMO. But once you do (e.g. referral, listing agent, bus sign), my advice is to get someone who knows the area and also meet with them and just get a vibe from them. I made the mistake not doing either with the first 2 and it was a horrible experience (both were referred to me by family or friend). Third time, was the charm - met her through my physio. We met for a coffee - she grew up in the city, experienced, knows her stuff and we had a good rapport - we're still friends. Biggest advice - trust your gut. I ignored my instincts with the first 2 and I'm soooo lucky I didn't get myself into a situation I didn't like because I made offers through both of them. Also - don't sign a BRA - if they insist, run the other way.
Ok one , what's a BRA...and two, did you meet personally with them during covid? I feel like things are more awkward now...lol
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scottmg wrote: Ok one , what's a BRA...and two, did you meet personally with them during covid? I feel like things are more awkward now...lol
Buyer representative agreement: https://www.canadianrealestatemagazine. ... 34483.aspx

I bought before COVID but you could do an online meeting or meet outside...you're going to be seeing them in person when you see houses anyways. Not sure where you're located but might be better to wait until after the lockdown measures have been lifted if you're in ON. IMO the agent should be wanting to meet with you to learn more about you - e.g. type of house, budget, timeline, learn about your personality, etc. If they don't, that's another red flag...avoid them.
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hierophant wrote: Buyer representative agreement: https://www.canadianrealestatemagazine. ... 34483.aspx

I bought before COVID but you could do an online meeting or meet outside...you're going to be seeing them in person when you see houses anyways. Not sure where you're located but might be better to wait until after the lockdown measures have been lifted if you're in ON

Okay thanks. I am in Toronto area. But as for waiting, it feels like with the lockdowns here we could be waiting for months Face With Tears Of Joy

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