Whether you’re selling, buying, or renting, a great real estate agent can make the entire process fast, easy, and pain-free.
If you are selling, a real estate agent can assist with preparing your property for sale, engage in all necessary advertising activities, run open houses and tours, and eventually secure you the best possible price.
If you are buying, the best estate agents can help you discover a home that meets your specific needs and budget. Once you’ve found your dream property, they can offer support as you navigate the complex negotiation process.
Either way, a hard-working real estate agent is essential.
In this article, we’ll share our top picks for real estate agents servicing the Canberra region. These agents are some of the best in the business and take the stress out of buying, selling, and moving house.
Let’s get right to it.
What makes a skilled and trusted real estate agent?
Not all real estate agents have your best interests at heart. And, even those that do don’t always have the skills and know-how necessary to secure the deal.
So, what exactly makes a real estate agent stand out from the rest? Here are a few traits we believe all skilled and trusted agents in Canberra should have.
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- All relevant qualifications. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s still essential to check. The very best real estate agents have all relevant qualifications and licences. These guarantee that your estate agent has the fundamental knowledge and capacity to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Do the hard work for you. The best real estate agents in Canberra are proactive. What do we mean by this? They actively seek out properties that match your unique requirements. And, they always recommend your property to potential buyers.
- Understand the market and industry. The greatest real estate agents know the tricks of the trade and understand the complex and ever-changing nature of negotiation. Whatever challenge you face, they can help you overcome it.
- Put you as priority one. The best real estate agents work for you – their client. Yes, they may have multiple clients at one time, but you should be able to rest easy knowing you and your family are priority number one. The outcome should be beneficial to you, not the other party.
- Professional. Last but not least, the best real estate agents are friendly and act professionally. They are punctual and well presented, and understand that they are representing you and your property.
The best real estate agents in Canberra
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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 their fair share of Real Estate Industry ACT awards, including:
- Property Management Team of the Year (2018)
- Real Estate Agent of the Year – Col McIntyre (2016 and 2017)
Col McIntyre has 22 years 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.
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 people thrive through real estate.
With highly personalised service, Verv Property supports all buyers. This includes first-time buyers through to seasoned investors.
Jason Roses has been in the real estate industry for 15 years and has 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.
Since 1958, the team at Independent have helped Canberra residents buy, sell, rent, and manage properties. Today, with hundreds of property experts on board, Independent offers some of the best regarded real estate agent services in the business.
Independent’s secret to success is passion and innovation. Their team are committed to achieving excellence and going above and beyond to deliver the best possible outcomes, while giving back to the community.
Using technology combined with their values of following through, keeping promises, and maintaining integrity, it’s no wonder Independent have taken home many coveted awards. In 2019, for example, Independent Tuggeranong won the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s National Innovation Award.
Recent seller and reader Ange reviewed Independent’s services saying, “We sold numerous properties with Jon, simultaneously, and for each and every property he went over and above for us. He takes extreme pride in his work and his personal approach made a very strenuous time far more manageable for our growing family. Highly recommended.”
Founded by long-time Canberran and former school teacher Holly Komorowski, home.byholly provides a positive, knowledgeable and personal approach to real estate. Holly and her team have deep knowledge of the Canberra and region property market.
As a boutique agency, home.byholly uses creative and innovative marketing methodology, which is evident in its branding, property videos and website, to make its listings stand out.
Here’s what seller David had to say about Holly’s services on Facebook: “Holly and Key did an amazing job selling two properties for us. Both sold for higher than expected! I have bought and sold a few properties in the past using many different agents. Home.byholly has been by far the most seamless and professional process. Their communication and guidance through the process made me feel calm and at ease with what can have the potential to be a turbulent time. Nothing is too much for this amazing team.”
Belle Property might be the new kid on the block, but it’s giving traditional Canberra industry leaders a run for their money – including in the Woden Valley. Belle’s team have demonstrated that true success comes from a team-driven workplace that pools knowledge and resources.
Now two years old, Belle Property has spearheaded some of the most successful auction campaigns across Canberra, using targeted marketing and expert negotiating to secure the best possible results. As an internationally-supported and recognised boutique real estate brand, Belle Property is known for its exceptional property presentation, cutting-edge marketing and borderless reach. The Canberra office takes great pride in supporting personable, honest and trustworthy agents that share in the same values.
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.
In the last eight years McGrath Estate Agents has achieved over a dozen suburb record sale results. It also operates a property investment management portfolio with thousands of investors trusting the firm with $700M in assets under management.
McGrath is involved in the local community through relationships with schools, charity groups and sponsorships. It is particularly proud of its partnership with Youth Care Canberra, which improves the well-being and self-worth of street youth in the Canberra Region. McGrath has donated $55,000 towards the ongoing operation of this special community service.
Agency principal Craig Chapman says: “The reality of today’s fast paced and connected real estate space calls for quality, innovative and experienced professionals that are aligned with your every goal, this explains why we are the best of the best.”
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