How do you know you’ve chosen the right estate agent to help you with your Canada property purchase? We run you through all you need to know.

 

Finding the right estate agent can make all the difference to the smooth running of your purchase of property in Canada. But how do you know who is going to do a good job? Here we run through all the factors you need to consider when choosing an agent to help you source your dream home…

As soon as you know that you want to buy in Canada, you need to begin your search for the perfect agent. If you are in the UK but planning a visit to Canada with the intention of finding your dream property, save yourself time by finding an agent before you go. This way, you can send them a brief detailing your budget, your requirements, and anything that you won’t accept. This will allow your agent to plan your viewing trip carefully so that you only view properties that are realistic options.

Unless you are buying in a remote town, you’re likely to be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your agent.

Before you contact an agent

Here are a few essential factors to take into consideration before you reach out to potential agents:

• Are you decided on an area? Does the agent cover that area? Do they have the right kinds of properties on their books?
• What exactly do you want from a property? Be as specific as possible here. I.e. How many bedrooms do you need? Must you have off-road parking? What are your deal breakers? I.e. Not near a busy road, under a flight path, etc.
• The legalities associated with the purchase, and the regulations you will need to adhere to during the process.

Having the answers to these questions clearly defined in your mind will mean that you are ready to discuss the next steps with the agent that you select.

How to identify the right agent

Unless you are buying in a remote town, you’re likely to be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your agent. To help narrow down your search, here are a few key factors to consider when making your decision:

Are they accredited

You need to select an agent who is legally able to sell you a house. Any agent that you choose should be registered with the Canadian Real Estate Association. Always ask to see their official real estate licence.

Do they have good local knowledge

A good agent will have in-depth knowledge of the area, meaning they should be able to answer any questions you have about local rules and regulations, amenities, tradespeople, sports clubs – the whole lot. Their advice can prove invaluable when it comes to setting yourself up; so don’t be shy about sounding out their local knowledge when you first get in touch.

 

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A good estate agent plays a pivotal role in the success of your move

 

Are they proactive?

Decent agents will always offer an attentive and prompt service. When it comes to buying property, it’s important that you have someone who is responsive on your team – especially if you plan on being back in the UK while the sale goes through. When you first reach out to potential agents, take note of how quickly they get back to you, and how helpful they are. It’s important to choose an agent that offers a good service, that doesn’t leave you frustrated.

Can they provide references?

A great agent will have a catalogue of happy customers that they’ve helped to purchase Canadian property, and they will be more than happy to show off about a job well done. There’s no shame in requesting references.

A great agent will have a catalogue of happy customers that they’ve helped to purchase Canadian property, and they will be more than happy to show off about a job well done. There’s no shame in requesting references.

Do they understand your needs?

A good agent will listen to your needs, ask any questions that they need to, and then will proceed to show you only properties that meet your budget and criteria. It’s in their best interests to listen to what you need, and to only present you with viable options.

We’ve helped thousands of expats to successfully purchase overseas property, and in the process have established relationships with many of the professionals you need on side. To be put in touch, contact our Resource Team on 020 7898 0549.

 

 

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