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The Best Real Estate Agents in Canberra

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The best real estate agents in Canberra? Photo: Jack Mohr.

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.

If you have something extra to add to this list, share it in the comments section below. We’d love to read your feedback.

  • 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.

Canberra’s Best Real Estate Agents According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

Belle Property

Belle Property

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.

27/6 Trevillian Quay
Kingston ACT 2604
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 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.

4 Sidney Nolan St
Conder ACT 2906
McGrath Belconnen/Gungahlin

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.

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.”

Level 1, 46-50 Hibberson Street
Gungahlin ACT 2912
Independent Property Group

Independent Property Group

Since 1958, the team at Independent Property Group has 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. Its team is committed to achieving excellence and going above and beyond to deliver the best possible outcome.

With values of following through, keeping promises, and maintaining integrity, it’s no wonder Independent have taken home many coveted awards. In 2018, for example, its Inner North and City office took out Large Residential Agency of the Year Award at the 2018 Real Estate Institute of Australia ACT Awards for Excellence.

Recent seller and reader Ange had this to say: “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.”

91 Northbourne Ave
Turner ACT 2612
Ray White Canberra

Ray White Canberra

Ray White Canberra agents are committed to their roles in the real estate industry. If you’re buying or selling, you can depend on its reliable team of Canberra real estate professionals. Here’s why:

Qualified team. Ray White agents have all relevant qualifications and licences, guaranteeing that your agent has the knowledge and capacity to achieve the best possible outcome.

Proactive. Ray White Canberra real estate agents are proactive. They actively seek out properties that match your requirements, recommend your property to potential buyers and follow strict processes to keep their knowledge current.

Knowledgeable. Agents and property managers are informed about what’s happening in the Canberra property market.,

Professional. Ray White real estate agents are friendly and professional. This means showing up on time, well-dressed and ready to work.

Shop 3 Josephson St
Belconnen ACT 2617

Discover Canberra’s thriving real estate scene right here on RiotACT.

Looking to buy? Find your dream home as you explore our featured property picks. Ready to rent? Uncover the perfect rental property for you and your family. Want to stay in the know? Get all the details on new developments in and around the capital, and keep up-to-date with the latest auction results.

RiotACT is home to all the real estate market information you need to land an incredible deal or discover a potential opportunity. Happy house hunting!

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra real estate agents.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based real estate agents. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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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.

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).

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 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 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.

AngryHenry 3:11 pm 12 Mar 09

Is ‘good real estate agents’ an oxymoron?

el 3:01 pm 12 Mar 09

Awesome!

I-filed 6:38 am 04 Mar 09

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

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 1:29 am 04 Mar 09

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

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 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.

pelican 3:32 pm 22 Feb 09

We had a bad experience with LJHooker at Dickson. Won’t use LJHooker again.

I quite like Kouvelis – they are great property managers as well and when selling/buying they are more realistic and not HARD sell. Blackshaw seems pretty good based on interaction with some of their agents at exhibitions.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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?”

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