How to Find a Real Estate Agent

How to Find a Real Estate Agent

  • The Papousek Team
  • 02/29/24

In today’s uncertain market, buying and selling homes can present unique challenges. Working with a real estate agent provides many benefits, including local experience, industry knowledge, and familiarity with the sales process. If you are looking for a new home or wish to sell your current one, finding a reliable agent is an absolute must in today’s economy. But how do you find the right agent for you? This guide will walk you through how to find a real estate agent.

What are the different types of agents?

Different agents are categorized by the majority of the clientele they service. Having a specialized agent allows you to capitalize on their experience and expertise in a particular field.

Real estate agents

Real estate agents have specific licensing requirements to sell real estate properties. All agents must study and pass several exams which allow them to become certified. There are many different types of real estate agents, including those that specialize in buying or selling homes or commercial properties. Some real estate agents can even specialize in multiple areas.


Realtors are just like real estate agents, except that they are also members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Realtors are certified and must pass several exams, just like agents do. Realtors have access to certain databases and tools on the NAR’s website.

Real estate brokers

A real estate broker must pass an extensive course of study regarding real estate law. They function the same as an agent, but the requirements and testing to become a broker are much harder and take longer to achieve. Brokers often supervise a team of agents within a real estate firm by keeping up to date on legal practices and laws regarding real estate.

What to look for in a real estate agent

If you want to know how to find a real estate agent, you will first need to know what to look for. Finding the right agent depends on what type of services you need. But all good agents have these three things in common.


The most important attribute for any agent is experience. An experienced real estate agent will understand available properties, recent sales, how quickly homes are sold, and other trends in the market. There is no substitute for working with someone that has experience and can help narrow your focus down to what matters most.

Certifications and licensing

Real estate agents, realtors, and brokers are all certified, licensed professionals. When working with a licensed professional, you can confidently trust your agent to follow any procedures, requirements, and contracts required by law.

Reviews and references

Don’t be afraid to ask your agent for references or referrals. Many agents will have testimonials of satisfied clients they have worked with listed on their website. The more positive reviews an agent has, the more trust they will build with future clientele.

Finding an agent when selling your home

When it comes to selling your home, having a trusted partner at your side can make all the difference. An agent can walk you through the process and give you a clear idea of the next steps. This is especially useful if this is your first time selling a home.

Home staging

Agents can refer you to professional home staging companies that will help prepare your home for sale. Home staging allows you to clean, declutter, and depersonalize your home. Staging your home can involve remodeling, painting, and decorating. The goal of home staging is to showcase the best aspects of your home that will appeal to potential buyers.

Advertising and marketing

A real estate agent will work with you as your representative in the sale process. Agents can take photos of your home, recommend professional media companies to work with, and create virtual tours of your home. These can be showcased on their website and various social media outlets that buyers frequent.

Closing on a home sale

When it comes to closing on a home, agents play a vital role. Agents can negotiate with buyers on your behalf and work with an escrow company to ensure all final paperwork is completed and all contracts are signed. Agents may also be present at a final walkthrough to help answer any questions the buyer or home inspector may have.

The art of selling luxury with The Papousek Team

When choosing the Papousek Team to sell your home, you're not just selecting agents; you're partnering with experts who have honed their craft for over three decades. With specialized knowledge of South Mississauga spanning 30 years, we navigate the area and its properties with precision, ensuring optimal results every time. As luxury specialists, we excel in competitive research and negotiation strategies, guaranteeing that you receive maximum value for your home. Our meticulous attention to detail extends from engaging top-notch photographers to meticulously staging your property, guiding you through each selling process step.

Leveraging a comprehensive marketing approach encompassing digital, print, and beyond, our in-house team goes above and beyond to showcase your home to a wide audience. Moreover, our invaluable buyer database connects your property with both local and international buyers, enhancing exposure and facilitating successful transactions. Sell with the Papousek Team for a seamless, profitable selling experience backed by decades of expertise and dedication.

Finding an agent when buying a home

When it's time to find your dream home, an agent can help save you time by narrowing your search.

Finding available homes in your price range

An agent’s local knowledge of available homes in your area is their most valuable asset. Working with an agent that has sold homes in your area makes it easier for them to identify the availability of homes that meet your budget and other criteria. The bottom line is an experienced agent can provide you with more options than you would have alone.

Assisting with negotiations

Agents assist homebuyers by negotiating all aspects of the sale with the seller on the buyer’s behalf. Agents can assist with closings and all paperwork required to complete the sale.

Agent services are free for buyers

One of the best perks that homebuyers get from working with realty agents is that their services are usually free. Agents earn commissions that are split between the buyer and seller’s agents and are paid by the seller.

Everything you ever wanted in a home with The Papousek Team

When you choose to buy with The Papousek Team, you're not just selecting a luxury real estate company; you're choosing a team that prioritizes home buyers as much as home sellers. With a longstanding commitment to working with buyers, we've cultivated expertise in guiding thousands of individuals and families through the home buying process, and we're dedicated to doing the same for you. Listening attentively to your needs is where our successful relationships begin, ensuring that we understand your desires and preferences thoroughly. Leveraging our extensive connections, we have access to exclusive listings not found on the MLS, and our vast agent database enables us to uncover your dream home, even if it's not currently on the market.

We go above and beyond, from attending open houses to liaising with contractors and negotiating the best possible price on your behalf, advocating for your interests until you hold the keys to your new home. At the heart of our approach is building lasting relationships; many families have entrusted us with multiple transactions, and a significant portion of our business comes from referrals, underscoring our commitment to caring for our clients beyond the transaction. Trust The Papousek Team to guide you through the journey of finding your ideal home with expertise, dedication, and genuine care.

Ready to find a real estate agent?

A sales agent is the best resource to help you get started whether you are buying or selling a home. Now that you know how to find a real estate agent, you are ready to start your next real estate investment. If you have questions about real estate in your area, please consider working with The Papousek Team.

Work with The Papousek Team

Experience the unparalleled excellence of The Papousek Team, consistently ranked in the top 1% of luxury real estate sales representatives across North America since 2008. Rooted in a blend of tradition and innovation, our team, led by esteemed professionals Peter Papousek and Kathryn Stewart, embodies principles of hard work, genuine care, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Renowned for our commitment to exceptional service, we have earned a distinguished reputation and secured a coveted position among Remax's top real estate teams nationally and internationally.

With a diverse team bringing expertise in real estate, business, finance, design, and marketing, we deliver comprehensive support to every client. Our intimate understanding of the South Mississauga luxury real estate market is unparalleled; as residents, professionals, and enthusiasts of the area, we possess unparalleled insights that ensure unparalleled results. Trust The Papousek Team for an unparalleled real estate experience tailored to your unique needs and aspirations.

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