REAL ESTATE: How to pick a good Realtor® to sell your home

Published: December 7, 2012

Doing your homework on realtors will save potential headaches later on. Ian Smith/PNG


As a Realtor® I have been interviewed by clients many times. Over the years I have concluded that it is not the top Realtors® that always have the most time for you. Picking the right Realtor® can be the difference between a successful sale and a stale listing. You should consider how hot your property is, before you decide to go with a particular agent. If you have an extremely sellable property then perhaps going with a Flat Fee listing agent might make the most sense. If you are either not inclined to do it yourself or do not have the time then pick an agent that actually does have the time and/or the management to do that.

Here are the five most important things you must consider before hiring a listing agent:

  • Check with the Realtor® if they will cooperate with the buyer’s agents. A lot of listing Realtors® get the listing and do not want to cooperate with other agents so that they can make the entire commission i.e. listing commission and the buyer’s agent commission. This is, of course, unethical and not acceptable but it happens more often than you think.
  • Check to see how long the Realtor® has been in business. A more established agent with a lot of experience may be busier and hence may devote less time to your listing as compared to a rookie who may not be as experienced but may be able to spend more time and hence do a better job. Every brokerage is required to have a managing broker that is responsible for the affairs of the brokerage. Every Realtor® can access their managing broker to get guidance and help when needed. Oftentimes the busy Realtors® just get the listing and then pass you on to a team member with a lot less experience. Make sure to ask who you will be in touch with after the listing is active.
  • Call the Real Estate Board and the Real Estate Council to see if the Realtor® is in good standing.  You can check the Real Estate Council (regulatory body that controls the activities of the Relators® in BC)
  • Ask them their game plan beforehand. How did they come up with the price? What commission is being offered to the buyer’s agent? This is the most important component after the listing price. If the incentive to the buyer’s agent is low then obviously the agents would shy away from your listing. You want to offer a good commission to the buyer’s agent to entice them to show your property. You can perhaps even negotiate a lower commission if the listing agent finds their own client since they will stand to make nearly double the commission.
  • Ask for references. You could perhaps be more proactive and ask specifically for the last few transactions and what the circumstances were. Make a call and ask the sellers about their experience with the Realtor®. This call could save you a lot of trouble at a later date. Often times Realtors ® will not release you from the listing and it creates a very unpleasant scenario for the home seller.

Picking the right agent is extremely important. Remember you only get one chance to make a good first impression. A new listing is only hot for about three weeks or so after that it becomes stale and gets overlooked more often than not. An old listing also becomes synonymous with “something must be wrong with this property and that is why it has not sold” phrase. Get a good Realtor® that will work in your interest and will do a good job for you. Selling a home is not rocket science and can be managed well but a few simple steps in the beginning can save you a lot of headache later on.

 Mayur Arora is ranked Number 2 Realtor® (Sales) in Greater Vancouver in 2011. You can contact him at or visit

Tags: , , , ,


Police tape-Abbotsford-crime

Indian woman locked in bathroom for three years by husband after giving birth to a girl

VANCOUVER DESI An Indian woman was kept locked in a bathroom for three years by her husband and not allowed to see her child because she gave…
Continue Reading »

Hitler Ice cream-cafe

Owner of made in India ‘Hitler’ ice-cream gets defensive

If you think the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has nothing to do with ice-creams, you’re wrong. Photographs of an ice-cream cone manufactured in Uttar Pradesh…
Continue Reading »

India marriage-abuse-prostitution-poverty

Indian bride takes a toilet as wedding gift

IANS Akola – A toilet stole the show at a traditional Maharashtrian marriage here. The prefabricated toilet with a water closet, a wash-basin and mirror…
Continue Reading »



Parole revoked again for Surrey woman convicted in brutal slaying of prostitute

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI A woman who is serving a prison sentence for the brutal killing of a prostitute she met at a notorious Surrey…
Continue Reading »

Elizabeth Taylor

Divorced BC couple hope to remarry this summer despite woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI For better and for worse, a lot has happened to Kim and Andrew Hopkins in the years between the first time…
Continue Reading »


Food watchdog detains corn livestock feed from India over health concerns

JOHN COTTER THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is detaining corn shipments from India used for livestock feed to…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...


Filmmakers should learn from Bollywood’s PK, says Chinese daily

IANS Beijing – Indian comedy “PK”, which is running successfully in theatres here , is an example of “how to tell a bright and thought…
Continue Reading »

Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Jenner debuts as woman on Vanity Fair cover

IANS New Delhi – Transgender Olympic champion and reality TV star Bruce Jenner unveiled her new name Caitlyn Jenner in a Vanity Fair cover shoot….
Continue Reading »


Many patients with cancer that spreads to the brain could be spared some radiation, study says

MARILYNN MARCHIONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — A major study could change care for many of the hundreds of thousands of people each year who…
Continue Reading »


Massive cross rises in violent Pakistan port city, home to an often-fearful Christian minority

ADIL JAWAD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan — Now towering over this violent port city in Pakistan, where Islamic militant attacks and gangland shootings remain…
Continue Reading »


Indian guru lynched after beheading boy, 5, in suspected child sacrifice

IANS Guwahati – Simmering tension prevailed in Assam after a guru sacrificed a five-year-old boy to appease the God of death and was later lynched by…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Latest


Kuala Lumpur to come alive in Bollywood avatar for IIFA 2015

VANCOUVER DESI The Bollywood brigade will invade Malaysia this year for the Indian Oscar’s. 529287983_215616308 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 33 Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra…
Continue Reading »

Top 10 actresses of 2015

Photos: Hottest 10 Bollywood babes of 2015

VANCOUVER DESI Check out photos of 10 Bollywood bombshells who’ve to topped the Times Celebex charts. Top 10 actresses of 2015 ◄ Back Next ► Picture…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood actress Vidya Balan to promote World Ethnic Day

IANS New Delhi – Actress Vidya Balan, who often sports saris, has been roped in by online ethnic products marketplace as the face of…
Continue Reading »