How do I choose a real estate agent as a buyer?

This is an excellent question because buying or selling a home can be a complex transaction and you want the right person with the right expertise to help you.

In Ontario, all real estate agents must be registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) to be eligible to trade in real estate. So, when you hire an agent, you have some comfort that they will give you relevant guidance, are educated to deliver the advice and services, are insured, and are subject to professional standards and obligations.

Still, choosing an agent is an important personal decision, and there are some steps RECO recommends you take to find the right agent for you.

First, shop around. Get referrals from family or friends who have used an agent or look for one who is active in the neighbourhood in which you are selling or buying.

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