Whether you’re selling, buying, or renting, a great real estate agent can make the process fast, easy, and pain-free.
If you’re selling, your real estate agent can assist with preparing your property for sale, coordinating advertising, running open houses and tours, and securing the best possible price.
If you’re buying, your real estate agent can help you find a home that meets your needs and budget. Once you’ve found your dream property, they can then help you navigate the negotiation process.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a real estate agent, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great real estate agent?
Choosing the right real estate agent can take the worry out of buying or selling. They can also help fast-track results.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a real estate agent in Canberra.
- Qualified. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s still essential to check that your real estate agent is fully qualified and licensed. This will give you peace of mind that they have what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
- Hard working. The best real estate agents in Canberra are proactive. They work as hard as required to sell your property or find one you want to buy.
- Market knowledge. You’ll want a real estate agent who knows the current market. This is an agent who knows Canberra property and price points – one who has substantial market knowledge.
- Client service. Choose a real estate agent who makes you their #1 priority. Yes, all agents have more than one client on their books but that shouldn’t affect your level of service.
- Professional approach. The best real estate agents are professional, approachable, punctual and well presented. You’ll want to feel comfortable working with them.
The best real estate agents in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Since 1958, the team at Independent Property Group has supported Canberra residents to buy, sell, rent, and manage properties. Today, with 200+ sales, property management, body corporate and administration experts on the team, Independent provides some of the capital’s best multi-faceted end-to-end property services. Every bit of property is made possible with Independent.
Independent has been supporting locals to prosper through property for more than 60 years and knows every corner of the Canberra market.
When selling property, agents work with Independent’s dedicated marketing and support staff to sell properties for the best outcome possible. Independent also invests in technology to enhance the experience for property owners and potential buyers and renters.
Over the years, Independent has scored many awards for its service, including through the Real Estate Institute of Australia. The company gives back and has distributed more than $1million to the local community through its own foundation.
On RiotACT, Wendy Johnson wrote, “I sold the property I had lived in for 20 plus years through Grahame O’Brien and Chris Uren at Independent Inner North and City, even though my home wasn’t in that area. I was 100 per cent impressed with the sincere and considered advice, wealth of knowledge and honesty I received throughout the process, from the first meeting to post sale. It’s reassuring to use highly experienced and knowledgeable agents you trust.”
Verv Property is driven by the collective vision of founders Jason Roses and Natalie Shawcross. Combined with more than 30 years of extensive experience in the Canberra property market, Verv Property helps clients thrive through real estate, both buyers and sellers.
Jason has been in the real estate industry for 15 years and worked at one of Canberra’s biggest agencies as a director, sales consultant and auctioneer. Natalie worked for a Canberra real estate agency specialising in commercial property for 12 years, most recently as Associate Director, Asset Services.
With the passion-driven mindset of a startup, combined with the capability of an established network, Verv Property is indeed the future of real estate.
Alexander Moulis wrote on Google, “Working with Verv on the sale of my property was a seamless and problem-free experience. Jason was energetic and never missed a call or text. Highly recommend.”
LJ Hooker is one of Australia’s best-known real estate brands. In the capital, LJ Hooker knows the Canberra real estate market well. With offices across Canberra , LJ Hooker helps sellers and buyers achieve their real estate goals. They also provide exemplary property management services.
In Dickson, franchise owners Stephen Bunday and Lindsey Burne lead a team of more than 20 experts in sales, customer service, property investment, property management and marketing campaigns.
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LJ Hooker offers free market appraisals for sellers. Real estate agents have their finger on the pulse of the Canberra market and are on hand to share their expertise, knowledge and advice. Agents are friendly, approachable, and easy to communicate with. They’re committed to keeping buyers and sellers up-to-date every step of the way.
LJ Hooker also has a long history of supporting local communities, including through the LJ Hooker Foundation and direct community involvement.
Alana Bain wrote on Google, “From the moment of our first consult, throughout the sales process and all the way to settlement, Andrew was extremely approachable, hardworking and incredibly honest. I felt Andrew was the biggest advocate for my property and strived to receive the best sale outcome for myself. He exceeded my expectations and got the result we were hoping for.”
Founded by long-time Canberran and former school teacher Holly Komorowski, Dickson-based home.byholly provides a positive, knowledgeable and personal approach to real estate. As a boutique agency, home.byholly uses creative and innovative marketing methodology – which is evident in its branding, property videos and website – to make listings stand out.
The team at home.byholly is living proof that real estate agents can be authentic, genuine, friendly and effective. home.byholly offers a bespoke service designed to make buying and selling a home easier. The team seeks to deliver maximum exposure and positive engagement to achieve the best possible price.
Everyone at home.byholly understands that real estate is deeply personal. They believe that buying and selling a home is a real-life experience requiring consummate care and commitment.
On Google, Isobel Hennessy wrote, “Holly was incredibly professional and friendly from the get-go. She made the process of selling my home a breeze and was very communicative throughout. The beautiful marketing helped to get large groups through every open home and secured a great price.”
With offices in Conder, Tuggeranong and Belconnen, McIntyre Property sells and manages properties right across Canberra. What started as a small boutique agency in 2007 is now the largest independently-owned full service agency offering property management and sales in Canberra.
McIntyre Property’s Col McIntyre and Jo Matters are well-known in Canberra for their real estate expertise and community involvement with local charities and schools. They’ve also taken out several Real Estate Industry ACT awards, including Property Management Team of the Year (2018) and Real Estate Agent of the Year – Col McIntyre (2016 and 2017).
Col McIntyre has more than two decades of industry experience and an in-depth knowledge in Canberra, with a steady stream of loyal clients who appreciate his down-to-earth, honest nature and sense of humour.
On Facebook, Nicc Walker-Jones wrote, “Working with Colin and the team at McIntyre has been a wonderful experience. We were able to buy our first home with ease.”
An innovative and boutique real estate agency, Belle Property Canberra is led by co-principals, Louise Harget, Richard Davies and Dan McAlpine. Together with a dedicated team of real estate professionals, Belle Property Canberra knows the capital’s real estate market well.
A young and dynamic team of industry experts, Belle Property Canberra thrives on assisting all clients to achieve their goals. They do so with expertise in property, sales and marketing.
Specialising in property sales in the city and neighbouring suburbs, including Forrest, Griffith, Manuka, Red Hill and Narrabundah, Belle Property Canberra are seasoned experts in negotiations, sales and property management. Marketing strategies are targeted and innovative.
Jodie Bradby wrote on Google, “We listed a property with Amy from Belle Properties in March 2020 which sold for a great price in only six days at a very uncertain time in the market. Cannot recommend highly enough.”
As one of the region’s leading estate agencies, McGrath is committed to delivering an unparalleled real estate experience. Its award-winning team of local agents and property investment managers operate at the forefront of the industry and possess an intimate knowledge of the Canberra market.
Established in 2010, the agency has grown into a collaborative, intelligent, real estate services business built on technology, marketing, support and community. Its aim is to achieve a premium result for its clients that nobody else could.
If you’re looking for more information on real estate in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best real estate agents in Woden, South Canberra, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Gungahlin and North Canberra. You might also like our article on the best property managers and the best mortgage brokers Canberra has to offer.
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