Some agents will say and promise just about anything to get your business. Below you'll find a list of gimmicks, promises and tactics that should be avoided when interviewing real estate agents.
Look closely - you'll often see that individuals giving the ratings are in fact associated with the brokerage or agent. How can you tell? Take a random sampling of individuals leaving feedback and visit the Ottawa Real Estate Boards Member Lookup page. You'll see in many cases 5 star feedback is left by licensed real estate either associated or friends with agents in order to game the feedback systems.
Some real estate agents offer clients the use of a moving van when using their services when buying or selling. On the surface this doesn't seem like a bad deal, but translated, it literally means 'pay me five to six percent commission to use my real estate services, and I'll let you move yourself using a cube van I lease, plastered with ads promoting my real estate services that you could rent at Hertz for less than $75/day'.
You could effectively pay a professional moving company to do with heavy lifting with the savings associated with a service like ours.
This is true. Many real estate agents elect to work for brokerages that take up to 50% of the commission earned per transaction. However alternatives exist that allow these same agents to work for lower-cost brokerages, allowing them to generate the same level of service while passing along some of these savings to the consumer.
Says who, your real estate brokerage?
Awards are always given to pad a REALTORS® credentials, and are always given by the brokerage that employs them. Worse, these awards are always based on sales numbers, not client satisfaction. So when you see a awards appearing on the business card or website of a REALTOR® you are interviewing, keep in mind that these 'diamond' and 'platinum' awards were given to the agent by their employer, not a third party measuring overall satisfaction.
|List price (market value):||$300,000|
|1st reduction (after month 1):||$290,000|
|2nd reduction (after month 2):||$280,000|
|Agent cash offer price:||$270,000|
|HST on commission:|