Spring has sprung and you’re in the mood for… a new home?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that, with the onset of that particularly stimulating warmish trend known as ‘spring’, a single man, a single woman, a married couple or a family, whether or not in the possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a new home.
At least, that’s what Jane Austen might say if she were to witness the intensely active Ontario real estate market each spring season.
This year is no exception. The weather is warm and home sales are hot. To help navigate the frenetic pace of real estate listings, offers and closings, many Canadians wisely choose to work with a real estate professional.
Finding a real estate professional is not difficult. Finding the right real estate professional, however? The one you completely trust will get the best price for selling the home into which you have poured years of money and love? The one who understands the je ne sais quoi you are looking for in your next home? The one who not only calls you back, but also has your back? (And of course, the one who has their real estate licence!) Like any relationship, it can be tough to find just the right fit.
Maybe you have already met a representative and are wondering… Could this be the one? Or perhaps you are shuffling through a stack of business cards trying to decide whom to call first (it can be so nerve-wracking!). We’ve compiled a list of 10 factors to consider in your quest to find a real estate relationship that will make your heart sing.
10 steps to finding the real estate relationship of your dreams
- Get the formalities out of the way.The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) offers a unique, online database where you can look up any real estate professional and confirm they are in good standing. RECO wants to make your due diligence easier, and their real estate professional search service makes it a breeze.
- May I speak with your exes?Of course we mean former clients! Referrals are the lifeblood of a real estate professional. Many people rely on their friends to recommend someone, but if you are considering working with a real estate professional with whom you don’t know someone in common, ask for a list of references to call. Who better than a past client to tell you how responsive, accessible and successful in meeting their needs this representative was – and could be for you?
Change is in the air
There are scientific reasons why Cupid’s arrows fly in the spring and it isn’t all about romance! Let Mother Nature, with her energizing sunshine and her inspiration of sprouting new life, help you to find a dream real estate relationship that will ultimately lead you to your new dream home. After all, like finding any great partner, it’s all about timing. Happy Spring!