Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Be confident you choose a real estate agent who is knowledgeable and has a team of trustworthy people behind them who will work together to guide you through the selling and buying process.
Indeed, a great real estate agent will make the process less stressful. They’ll also increase your chances of getting a better price and selling as quickly as possible. They’ll leave you happy, with no regrets.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a real estate agent, and share where to find the best in Belconnen.
What makes a great real estate agent?
A great real estate agent has years of experience, and knowledge of your local area. This means knowing exactly how your property stands out.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a real estate agent in Belconnen.
- Communication. One hallmark of success is communication. You’ll want a real estate agent who gives you all the essential information, and answers all your questions, in a timely manner. This way you can make confident decisions.
- Client focused. A great real estate agent puts you first. Make sure your agent is committed to listening and meeting your needs.
- Reputation. Do your research to determine the real estate agent’s reputation. Check online for reviews and ask your potential agent for references from previous clients.
- Experience. The real estate market can change rapidly so you want an agent who is experienced and can adapt quickly. Importantly, this is an agent who has experience selling your type of property, and who knows your area and all that it offers.
- Honesty. The best real estate agents tell the truth about your property and the market, even if it’s not what you’re expecting to hear. They’re realistic and open so you’re not surprised or disappointed down the track.
The best real estate agents in Belconnen
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With widespread experience in the real estate industry in Canberra and surrounding regions, the team at Independent Property Group in Belconnen has a thorough understanding of the local market.
Independent Belconnen has strong ethics and its diverse team strives for continued success by focusing on client objectives, and helping people prosper through property.
Since 1958 Independent Property Group Belconnen has helped many Mums & Dads buy their forever home and first home buyers through the start of their real estate journey. Focussed on building relationships in our community Matt Peden and his personable team aim to put their clients’ interests first. We have a local agency mentality where knowing our vendors starts long before someone is ready to buy or sell their property.
Independent has won many industry awards, including the Real Estate Institute of Australia 2020 National Innovation Award.
Independent also values giving back to the community and has distributed more than $1 million to local charities through its own foundation.
Leba Anthony Awad wrote on Google, "“Professional and genuine services … The quality of care was second to none".
Ray White Canberra “strives to provide a seamless, stress-free real estate experience.” And, according to our readers, its strong team of over 80 real estate professionals succeed at doing just that. Offering additional services including marketing strategies and photography, this award-winning agency has an impressive record. This includes a clearance rate of 90%, a day on market figure three weeks below the average, a database over 10,000 local contacts and more than 1000 rental properties.
Ray White Canberra has excellent local knowledge. Its founders, Ben Faulks, Sam Faulks and Scott Jackson, were all born and raised in Belconnen. These proud leaders guide a passionate team that strives to provide excellent service and uphold the solid reputation of Ray White Canberra.
Sebastian Gutierrez is one member of the Ray White Canberra team who specialises in real estate in Belconnen.
On Zango, a client wrote, "Sebastian Gutierrez and his support staff provided excellent service. They were always attentive and the quality of service would rated 15/10. Sebastian was professional at all times and exceptionally knowledgeable with regards to the current market and potential buyers. My overall experience with Sebastian would be rated beyond and above all expectations, 15/10."
Multiple award-winning McIntyre Property, founded in 2007, is now well established in the Canberra real estate market. The team of highly successful sales agents and property managers, and their support staff, put people first and property second. The agency provides friendly, reliable and professional service. When selling properties, McIntyre Property aims for the best price possible in the quickest time possible.
Led by Col McIntyre, the teams hard work has not gone unnoticed. This agency has won a number of industry awards over the years, including the Small and Medium Residential Agency of the Year, and Sales Agent of the Year (both from REIACT, the Real Estate Industry ACT).
On Google, David Reid wrote, “Colin was honest and open from the time of appraisal to settlement; updating us along the way and achieving almost $100,000 more than the asking price, all within one week of coming onto the market!”
home.byholly is a dynamic, full-service, boutique real estate agency delivering innovative, creative and exceptional outcomes. The team is living proof that real estate agents can be authentic, genuine, friendly and effective. home.byholly has won the AREA 2018 National Residential Campaign of the Year and 2017 National Residential Campaign of the Year.
On Google, Lexie Webster wrote, “We made the right decision to put the selling of our much-loved home in the hands of Holly and her team …”
Award-winning Agent Team Belconnen is a top-quality property marketer that knows the connection between agents and clients must be genuine to get positive results. Agent Team sells, leases and provides free appraisals. Working with clients is key to achieve the best possible sales prices and ensure leased properties are well cared for. Director Steve Lowe has ranked in the top 1% of agents in Canberra and has built a thriving agency with a fresh approach.
Clinton Pollheim wrote on Google, “Genuine honesty and a professional, friendly team.”
LJ Hooker Kippax knows the local area through and through. Franchise owner Sandra Masters has a large team of real estate professionals who go that extra mile to provide high-quality and knowledgeable service to all clients, whether buyers, investors, sellers or renters. LJ Hooker Kippax’s dynamic team is proactive with friendly, expert advice. The team gives back to the local community.
Bethany Lovett wrote on Google, “Jenna worked above and beyond for me and supported me every step of the way. She made the whole process comfortable and easy …”
If you’re looking for more information on real estate in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best real estate agents in Canberra, Woden, South Canberra, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and North Canberra. You might also like our article on the best property managers, best property auctioneers, best commercial real estate agents and the best mortgage brokers Canberra has to offer. Or, if you’re looking for somewhere to buy, why not check out the new developments in Belconnen. And if you’re still researching into the area, our suburb profile can help you see Belconnen differently.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a great real estate agent?
Many factors go into making a great real estate agent. Knowledge, experience and proven track record are just a few. Knowledge of your area is key. So too is the agent’s availability. You’ll also want to ask about fee structure and marketing approach.
How much do real estate agents charge?
This can vary from agency to agency and from agent to agent. It’s best to ask your real estate agent to provide a written proposal outlining their commission and all other costs, including advertising, so you know where you stand.
Should I ask a real estate agent for referrals?
You should ask your real estate agent for referrals. Good agents will get you contact details of at least their last three clients (with each client’s permission of course). After all, recent client testimonials are strong evidence, and quality agents know that. It can be a red flag if the agent hesitates or refuses to give you details for referrals.
How should I select a real estate agent?
It’s best to do some research. Stat by reading their online profile. Head to the agency’s website and read their bio. Also read their LinkedIn profile. Check for Google reviews. You should also seriously consider interviewing the agent in person, to see how you feel about their communication skills and whether you can work with them. During the interview, ask for referrals and examples of recent success sales.
What questions should I ask a real estate agent before choosing them?
It’s a good idea to make a list of questions to ask potential real estate agents so you’re ready when interviewing them. Here are some ideas: How long have you been an agent? How many houses have you sold in the last year? Have you sold houses in my area? Do you have support staff to help you? Will you be available when I call or email? How much do you charge? What is your marketing plan?