Choosing the Right Broker For You
You will be working as a team with your real estate broker throughout the entire process of buying or selling your home. Because service offerings vary from one real estate broker to another, make sure you ask the right questions.
To find a real estate broker, the first step often consists of asking people in your entourage. A recommendation from a family member, friend or neighbour can be very valuable. Make sure the broker knows the area in which you want to sell or buy a property. The Centris.ca website allows you to search for a real estate broker based on criteria such as the geographic areas they serve and the languages they speak.
Meet the broker in person, as the chemistry between you must click. Ask them questions: Do they work alone or as part of a team? What specific services they will provide after you sign the brokerage contract? How will they make themselves available to you?
Finally, do not hesitate to do some research on the Web. The website of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) can be useful, as it tells you whether a broker’s licence is valid and indicates the continuing education courses a broker has taken. You can also take a look at other properties the broker is listing to see the quality of their detailed sheets (text, photos, etc.).