Choosing the wrong real estate agent can cause stress, hours of wasted time and a missed opportunity to make or save thousands
There are few things in life as important as buying or selling a home. Whether you’re looking to sell your home for top dollar or purchase an income property in the GTA, a high-quality real estate agent can save you time, prevent stress and set you up for years of happiness and success.
So what happens when you choose a low-quality agent? One that tells you time and time again, through their words, body language and actions, they are not up to the job?
Don’t settle for disappointment. If your real estate agent exhibits these 3 realtor red flags, you might want to consider looking for someone new:
- They are breaking promises
During your first meeting your realtor promised help staging your home. They said that a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture could dramatically increase the sale price. But they didn’t follow through and now they want to list the property as is.
Sound familiar? A good real estate agent is only as good as their word. If they make a mistake, or if things don’t go as planned, they should work hard to remedy the situation right away.
Following through on your promises is everything, says Riaz Ghani, a top RE/MAX agent in Canada.
“I believe in this business…it’s all about earning the client,” says Ghani. “Clients only refer you (or come back to you) if they have an amazing experience.”
This explains why so many clients return to Ghani whenever they want to buy an income property in Mississauga or sell their luxury home in Oakville. Delighting clients is one of his core values.
2. They are too pushy
Realtors are hired to help buy and sell homes but you might say their secondary purpose is to educate. If you feel like they are pushing an agenda or are forcing you out of your comfort zone, that’s a big red flag.
While it’s important for realtors to demonstrate leadership and draw on their vast experiences buying and selling homes, they should never be pushy. It is your house and your money they are working with, after all.
“You don’t force, you don’t push…you educate,” says Ghani. “(Clients) need to make their own decisions.”
- They aren’t effectively marketing your home online
The pandemic has changed the way people buy houses. Now, more than ever, online listings help drive home sales in the GTA.
“You need to sell the property virtually first,” says Ghani, who uses buyer data to inform his stunning property transformations.
If your agent isn’t effectively marketing your property via online listings or doesn’t have an effective digital advertising strategy, that could be a sign that they are missing other opportunities to generate interest in your property as well.
Whether you’re selling or buying a home in the GTA, Ghani offers honest, open communication and results that delight.