Choosing The Right Professional Agent Is Not Easy

By: Thomas Cook

Choosing The Right Professional Agent Is Not Easy

The Toronto Real Estate Board now has well over 50,000 licensed Realtors registered to work in the GTA area.
Of those, 78% sell less than 6 homes per year and almost 50% don’t even sell 3 homes annually.  Many of those agents are working at a full-time job for their income and try to do their real estate business on the side, part-time.
There is however a solid core of professional, full-time Realtors who do the majority of the sales in the Toronto MLS.  And there’s an even smaller group of agents who work with a ‘By Referral Only’ philosophy.
Realtors who work with this philosophy guiding their business have a keen desire to satisfy their client’s every need because a vast majority of their business comes from repeat business and referrals from their happy clients.
Everything they do in their real estate business is intended to provide excellent advice and counsel and add value to their client relationships.
They also know that, even if you decide not to make a move in real estate right away, that’s fine.  Those ‘By Referral Only’ agents are in the business for the long term and they’ll be ready when you are.
When it comes time to meet with a Toronto Realtor at a Seller or Buyer Consultation and choose who you want to have represent you, you always have four options as to how to proceed...
Option #1 – You can decide to do nothing at all

Option #2 – You can decide to do it all on your own… about 6-8% do this every year

Option #3 – You can decide to do it with a 'traditional’ real estate agent

Option #4 – You can choose to work with ‘By Referral Only’ Realtors like us

When choosing who you want to represent you during your real estate transaction, which of these options would serve you the best?

Thomas Cook

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