I vividly remember the challenge of finding a realtor. Everyone knows that there are thousands of realtors out there, but how do you find a good one? The Internet suggests to “get referrals from your network”, or check Realtor.ca, or turn to websites of real estate companies, such as Re/Max, or even check the street benches for ads. Each of these options has a downside, though. It is doubtful that you will see very negative feedback on a realtor’s personal website, or highly-partisan websites like Re/Max or Century21. Unless you have as many friends as there are users on the Internet, I would suggest looking outside of your personal network when looking for a realtor.
I chose to use Rate-My-Agent.com for the same reason I like to use Google reviews – it is unbiased, transparent, and realtors cannot in any way affect their reviews or ratings. There are other similar on-line platforms that I tried to use. They are similar, but not quite. One alternative popular system will select a realtor for you based on the data you enter. You know how they recommend interviewing at least 3 different realtors before you hire one? How can I do that if they just connect me with the one who they think is the best for me (or maybe paid extra to be selected first)? With Rate-My-Agent.com everything is transparent, and you are in charge. The site has an option to select a realtor for you, but you can select the top 3 in your area if this is your choice. It worked well for me. I will use it again if I need to, and I will recommend Rate-My-Agent.com to a friend.
- Michael Kupchin hired Andy Kloppenborg, Real Estate Agent - Winnipeg.