The best real estate agents in Canberra

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Canberra offers up many real estate agents with strong local knowledge. Photo: Jack Mohr.

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.

Independent Property Group

Independent Property Group

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.”

91 Northbourne Ave
Turner ACT 2612
Verv Property

Verv Property

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.”

 

50 Eastlake Parade
Kingston ACT 2604
LJ Hooker

LJ Hooker

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.


READ ALSO: LJ Hooker Auction Showcase


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.”

36 Woolley St
Dickson ACT 2602
home.byholly

home.byholly

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.”

McIntyre Property

McIntyre Property

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.”

4 Sidney Nolan St
Conder ACT 2906

Belle Property

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.”

McGrath Belconnen/Gungahlin

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.

Your experience with real estate agents in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Canberra real estate agents listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I select a real estate agent?
Research the websites of real estate agencies for their services and experience. Then meet a few to have a chat. That way, you’ll determine if you can work together and whether the agent is friendly, approachable and transparent. Also ask about their sales track record and their process for working with clients.
How can I test my agent’s market knowledge?
You can ask potential real estate agents for written information to test their market knowledge of Canberra. They should be able to provide information for different areas of the capital, including listings, sales, demographics, schools, transport, amenities and growth. They should be able to discuss the pros and cons of different areas of Canberra.
How much commission do real estate agents charge?
This varies from one real estate agency to another so it’s best to discuss fees and charges with potential real estate agents before you sign one up.
Should I ask for references from recent clients?
It’s a good idea to ask for references from recent clients. High-performing, confident agents will happily provide you with written testimonials or phone numbers for recent clients.
How do real estate agents work?
Every agent has systems and processes in place to conduct their work. The best have great information technology systems which they use to provide top-quality service. Ask potential agents to explain how they work so you know upfront what you can expect. This includes how they’ll communicate with you, and how often.

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Matt O'Callaghan Matt O'Callaghan 11:35 am 26 Sep 18

After dealing with one of the agency’s on this list (won’t name names, but one of the bigger franchises) and being constantly left in the dark, being let down after several empty promises and then eventually having my calls completely ignored I pulled my listing with them.
It had been a little over 4 months with very few inquiries (or at least the young gentleman had never informed me of them). I understand the property market takes time but the lack of communication combined with lack of empathy really helped make my decision.
Not wanting to repeat the same mistake I’d researched a few of smaller non-franchise agent’s in Canberra and ended up listing with a fellow by the name of Peter from Real Estate Australia (sounds like a franchise but it turns out they’re a smaller family operation). Ended up accepting an offer for about $15k over the asking price within 2 months and couldn’t be happier with the result. I was a little bit skeptical about this whole property styling business, but it paid off and then some.
Would highly recommend talking to Peter over at Real Estate Australia if you find yourself in the same shoes, I believe the website is https://realestateaustralia.com.au and they’re based near Cooleman Court in Weston Creek.

    Marsala Marsala 8:24 am 26 Aug 20

    Hi Matt,

    I was very interested but not surprised to read your comment about your experience with a larger brand agency sales consultant marketing your property.

    Perhaps you should try using or recommending Edge Property Group agents. It is not a franchise but an innovative model in the industry which selects only the most experienced ethical and pro-active licensed agents who prefer to trade under a reputable brand name but with a level of autonomy and accountability not offered to larger franchise agency sales agents.

    As an introduction I’ll leave the links below. My testimonials speak for themselves without gushing about my marketing prowess and sales abilities.

    I look forward to hearing from you, family or friends who may require outstanding results and professional service from beginning to end of a future property sales transaction.

    Thank you for your time.

    https://edge.com.au/salvador.html

    http://www.edge.com.au

    Best Regards,

    Margaret Salvador

spades spades 11:34 am 07 Feb 18

I own my own home as well as 3 investment properties across Sydney and Canberra.

My personal advice is that you cannot judge the performance of individual agents based on the agency they work for. There are no good real estate agencies, only good individual agents. Once upon a time I had the same (large, nationwide) real estate agency company handling both of my properties in Sydney. Same brand, different branches. The agent I had from their North Shore branch was absolutely shocking, but the one in their Western Sydney one was brilliant. The North Shore agency I got rid of, but been with the Western Sydney branch since I bought the property in 2007.

I’m going to finish off my post in saying this entire article is moot because it depends on the individual. Go talk to people with something to say about individual agents (not entire agencies).

    Anne Kiew Anne Kiew 8:20 am 06 May 20

    Hi, can you please recommend a good agent in Canberra for the Woden area please? My daughter is keen to buy an apartment in Woden. Is it a good time to buy? Thank you. Cheers, Anne

    Marsala Marsala 8:33 am 26 Aug 20

    Hi Spades,

    I totally agree with your comment about your experience with a larger brand agency sales consultant marketing your property. It is not the brand that sells your home, but the individual agent. Most larger agencies rely on KPIs and volume sales ahead of service. Once the agent has your signature on the listing agreement, the most difficult part of his work is done. The rest is left to chance and a buyer making an offer.

    Perhaps you should try using or recommending Edge Property Group agents. It is not a franchise but an innovative model in the industry which selects only the most experienced ethical and pro-active licensed agents who prefer to trade under a reputable brand name but with a level of autonomy and accountability not offered to larger franchise agency sales agents.

    As an introduction I’ll leave the links below. My testimonials speak for themselves without gushing about my marketing prowess and sales abilities.

    I look forward to hearing from you, family or friends who may require outstanding results and professional service from beginning to end of a future property sales transaction.

    Thank you for your time.

    https://edge.com.au/salvador.html

    http://www.edge.com.au

    Best Regards,

    Margaret Salvador

zllauh zllauh 4:51 pm 24 Jul 15

+1 for allhomes ! You can certainly save quite a bit if you do this yourself or else get an agent who is not very pushy with you. Imagine if they are pushy with you how would you feel if you are buying a property.

deadtree89 deadtree89 11:07 am 05 Mar 15

Mitchell Carney From Maria selleck properties and the whole team them helped me so much I would try them

2604 2604 1:15 pm 13 Jun 09

Sampson said :

I agree with andym.

Ive bought and sold quite a few properties in the ACT and Robert Peaker was by far the best/most professional to deal with! Cute Mrs too. Most canberra agents I have to say arnt that smart…!!!

Bump.

Just wanted to give a “minus one” for Robert Peaker. We went along to see a house that he had for sale by auction recently. He volunteered that the vendors had “been wanting to sell for around $500,000” but had “listened to the market” and were expecting to sell “for around the mid-$400s”. We didn’t end up registering to bid, but other potential purchasers obviously heard the same thing. On auction day, no bidder wanted to pay above $450-460,000, and the house got passed in on a vendor bid of $485,000, which was still below reserve.

Not sure what it finally sold for, but if I was a vendor, I’d be pretty p!ssed off about wanting to sell my house for $500,000 and having an audience of potential buyers only willing or able to pay ten per cent less.

    Anne Kiew Anne Kiew 8:24 am 06 May 20

    Hi Sampson, can you please recommend a good n reliable real estate agent in Canberra? Thinking of purchasing an apartment in Woden. Thanks, Anne

AngryHenry AngryHenry 3:11 pm 12 Mar 09

Is ‘good real estate agents’ an oxymoron?

el el 3:01 pm 12 Mar 09

Awesome!

I-filed I-filed 6:38 am 04 Mar 09

Just saw that this is an OLD thread I’m responding on. Sorry!

I-filed I-filed 6:38 am 04 Mar 09

Holden C, don’t listen to real estate agents who recommend auctions in Canberra – in fact, drop any agent who does so. Canberra is not an auction market – other than the most desirable suburbs where people are competing hard for houses.

Granny Granny 1:29 am 04 Mar 09

I wonder if we can beat IHateDimitriFromMaloneys to the next real estate thread … *heh heh heh*

jessieduck jessieduck 12:52 am 04 Mar 09

Sorry just trying to express my feelings!

Go and take your medicine like a good little crazy person.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:20 pm 22 Feb 09

While I understand your stance pelican, I think with real estate, in some cases (perhaps most), the quality of the actual agent is of more importance than the “brand” they work for.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:49 pm 20 Feb 09

Also, while brokers might present you with five home loans from five different banks and recommend the best loan of the five, how do you know that you couldn’t have gone to those same five banks and gotten a better deal from each bank yourself?

I’ve had many friends get terrible deals from mortgage brokers. My advice is to do the legwork and comparisons yourself, most banks will offer you 0.5-0.7% off their standard variable rates, plus knock off some of their application fee, if you ask. Just walk in and say “What can you do for me?”

I agree with everything you say, and I’ve heard similar. This is the reason I have been so impressed with Scott. He looked at our financial situation, offered us several options and suggested a couple that would best suit our needs, but never pressured us into making any decisions. In fact, what he suggested just confirmed the leg-work personal investigations we had already done with the banks. When it came to suggesting banks, he gave us a list of around 6, and pointed out a couple which offered services that we were after, but sat back and let us decide.

Once that decision was made he was very open with the commissions that he receives from every bank (a fairly large list of banks), and guaranteed we could not negotiate a better rate independently. As cautious people we approached the bank of choice and attempted to negotiate a better price, but the best they could do was offer the same rate that the broker presented to us.

I have heard horrific stories of brokers, and was always very sceptical of them, but in Scott’s case he made our life so easy by managing the paperwork, submitting first home buyers doco and doing all the let work for us. On top of that, he was just a genuinely nice bloke.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 10:40 am 20 Feb 09

I thought the following from Kirsty Dunphey’s blog today was pertinent:

What I would look for when choosing a real estate agent:

The dream agent shows me the price
An agent who can SHOW me why they’re saying they can sell my home for a certain price. The way they would need to show me would be by showing me what comparable properties had sold within the past 3 – 6 months (I’d want to see addresses, photos and sale prices). Even better if they have personally or at least their company have been responsible for some of these sales.

The nightmare agent tells me the price
I don’t want an agent who:

Finds out and then tells me the price I want to hear
Finds out the other agent quoted prices and then quotes a selling price higher to get the business
Plucks a price out of their head
Bases their price on properties that are not comparable to mine
The dream agent’s marketing is first rate
I want to look at your website, your property presentations on real estate portals (like realestate.com.au), your brochures, your sign boards, your newspaper advertisements and see:

Consistency of branding
Quality
Readability
Descriptive eye catching wording
The nightmare agent’s marketing isn’t flexible
I want options and I want to know why you recommend that marketing option for my property, not a one size fits all approach.

The dream agent talks with me
Their presentation is question based and they take time to find out about me and what I’m looking for. They know their stuff, but they find out what areas I’m most concerned about before launching into a recorded message-like presentation.

The nightmare agent talks at me
Their presentation is said at me and they speak more than 80% of the time.

The dream agent is a natural negotiator
I can test this out by asking them to drop their commission (if they don’t negotiate hard for their money, what are they going to do when it comes to negotiating for mine?). I can also test their negotiation skills if I’ve ever bought from them before – did they get top dollar out of me then?

The nightmare agent is a natural regurgitator
The other agent offered you 20% off? Well we can offer you 25%… The other agent said they’d do that? Well I can do better.

The dream agent cares
I can test this out by showing up 10 minutes before one of their scheduled open homes and watching them arrive, set up and conduct the open. I can test it by taking note of any promises they make (they’ll call me Monday, they’ll find that information out by Wednesday) and see if they live up to it.

The nightmare agent talks at me
The nightmare agent screams in at the last minute for an open home, doesn’t tell me their name and doesn’t follow up.

The dream agent has fans
And they’re more than happy to let me know about their fans by showing me testimonials (lots of glowing ones) and by allowing me to contact people they’ve sold houses for in the past month.

The nightmare agent has people fanatically trying to track them down
(to complain)

The dream agent remembers me
Long after the sale.

The nightmare agent develops acute amnesia
As soon as they get paid.

fox fox 9:51 am 20 Feb 09

Jenman might offer some good tips here and there, but am I the only one who thinks he’s a bit of a nutbag?

I think he’s a little bit on the nutty side too

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:58 am 20 Feb 09

Jenman might offer some good tips here and there, but am I the only one who thinks he’s a bit of a nutbag?

regularbrowse regularbrowse 7:21 am 20 Feb 09

fox said :

+1 for Ajay Mehta from LJ Hooker in Belco… same goes for Simon Mugford and Dennis Vlandis (principal of Belconnen and Kippax LJH)

Can’t say that the info from the following link was my experience, but it’s interesting all the same:
http://www.jenman.com.au/news_article.php?id=224

Thanks. The internet piece on LJ Hooker in Belco was very interesting. I’ve found most real estate agents panic when they hear you have read one of Jenman’s books.

djk djk 12:40 am 20 Feb 09

2604 said :

Mortgage brokers have a massive conflict of interest. Anyone who gives you financial advice to the effect that Home Loan A is better than Home Loan B, while receiving a commission from the originator of Home Loan A for giving that advice, is conflicted. Unless of course he or she is getting the same commission from the originators of Loans A and B. But then, how would you find that out?

Also, while brokers might present you with five home loans from five different banks and recommend the best loan of the five, how do you know that you couldn’t have gone to those same five banks and gotten a better deal from each bank yourself?

I’ve had many friends get terrible deals from mortgage brokers. My advice is to do the legwork and comparisons yourself, most banks will offer you 0.5-0.7% off their standard variable rates, plus knock off some of their application fee, if you ask. Just walk in and say “What can you do for me?”

I agree – a broker who referred me work for quite a while always seemed to get the borrowers loans from a particular bank, yet supposedly offered loans from a large range of lenders. I later found out that the bank that usually got the loan also happened to be the one that paid the highest commission to brokers..

2604 2604 11:18 pm 19 Feb 09

Mortgage brokers have a massive conflict of interest. Anyone who gives you financial advice to the effect that Home Loan A is better than Home Loan B, while receiving a commission from the originator of Home Loan A for giving that advice, is conflicted. Unless of course he or she is getting the same commission from the originators of Loans A and B. But then, how would you find that out?

Also, while brokers might present you with five home loans from five different banks and recommend the best loan of the five, how do you know that you couldn’t have gone to those same five banks and gotten a better deal from each bank yourself?

I’ve had many friends get terrible deals from mortgage brokers. My advice is to do the legwork and comparisons yourself, most banks will offer you 0.5-0.7% off their standard variable rates, plus knock off some of their application fee, if you ask. Just walk in and say “What can you do for me?”

CoffinRX2 CoffinRX2 4:31 pm 19 Feb 09

tylersmayhem said :

If anyone ever needs a mortgage broker, Scott Baker who is an independent broker, but works through LJ Hooker in Kippax is actually brilliant. He’s experienced, open, honest, non-hard sell and full of great advice. If he organises a loan for you, it doesn’t cost you anything. He makes a commission from the bank, but not as a cost to you.

Never heard of a broker where it actually costs you before?

As for brokers, Phil Smith and Nick Fyfe @ Clarity Home Loans

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