Why is Manitoba lucky? In Manitoba, REALTORs are NOT allowed to have an occupation outside of real estate. They must also attend mandatory continuing education every single year (in Ontario it is every 2 years) to keep on top of legal and regulatory changes that can ultimately impact home buyers and sellers.
In Ontario, people can work part-time in real estate while they serve coffee at a local Starbucks, drive a cab or a truck on the side, work at the local phone company, or any other number of things. How they juggle their professional responsibilities and get all the paperwork done is beyond me. At their convenience, in-between jobs, perhaps?
Is the REALTOR you are about to work with a full-time professional? Does he/she 'also' work in real estate or 'only' works in real estate?
Everyone who is about to buy or sell owes it to themselves work with a full time REALTOR. By the way, "REALTOR" is a trade-mark and it supposed to be written in capital letters. So if you receive a communication from your agent with this word in anyway other than all caps, that's a give away on how much they know.
In addition to finding out if the person you choose to work with is full time or not, I would also go step further and ask what they did before and what is their education. That way you know that you are getting someone who has a professional degree in addition to the work experience.
Dedicated specialists get it done with precision and professional quality, and you should't settle for anything less. On lighter side on things, watch this video 'God made a REALTOR'
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