How to Choose a REALTOR®

Choosing the right REALTOR® is crucial when buying or selling a home.

Understanding your own needs will help inform the type of expertise you may wish to consider when looking for a REALTOR®.

Finding the Right Fit

Before you start your search for a REALTOR®, it’s helpful to define your real estate goals. What are you looking for in a property? Are you a first-time buyer? Looking for an investment property? Or are you considering selling your home?

To assist in making this important decision, here’s a simple guide to help you select a REALTOR® that best matches your needs:


Check Their Credentials

First, confirm that the real estate professional is licensed. A real estate licensee is an individual who has completed the required education, passed a licensing exam, and holds an active licence to provide real estate services. You can check their credentials through the BC Financial Services Authority. Being licensed means they are qualified to help you.


Are They a REALTOR®?

Not all licensees are REALTORS®. A REALTOR® is a real estate professional who has met all the licensing requirements and chooses to join a real estate board or association. They also commit to pursuing further education and to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.


Ask for Recommendations

Ask friends, family, and coworkers if they know any REALTORS® they would endorse. Personal recommendations can be very reliable.


Experience Matters

Look for a REALTOR® with a good track record and experience in your area who also deals with the type of property you want to buy or sell.


Check Online Reviews

Look for online reviews and testimonials from previous clients. This can give you an idea of their reputation and how they work.


Market Knowledge

Your REALTOR® should be knowledgeable about current market trends. They should know about recent sales, pricing, and what’s happening in the areas you are interested in.


Interview Several REALTORS®

Don’t settle for the first one you meet. Talk to a few REALTORS® to compare their personalities, strategies, and how well they understand your needs.



It’s essential that you and your REALTOR® are well-matched. You’ll work closely together, so choose someone you feel comfortable with and trust. Make sure the REALTOR® is a good communicator. They should be reachable when you have questions and keep you informed about the progress of your transaction.


Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask about their fees, services, processes, and approach to buying or selling.



Ask for references from past clients. Information from people who have worked with the REALTOR® can give you valuable insight into their performance.

Remember, the right REALTOR® can make your real estate journey smoother and more successful. Take your time to choose one who understands your needs, has a solid track record, and whom you trust to guide you through the process.

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