Eric  Robinson

Eric Robinson

Real Estate Broker

iPro Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Mobile:
416-461-0907
Office:
416-364-2036
Toll Free:
1-877-306-4776
Email Me
Eric  Robinson

Eric Robinson

Real Estate Broker

iPro Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Mobile:
416-461-0907
Office:
416-364-2036
Toll Free:
1-877-306-4776
Email Me

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR®

Homeowners should interview a few potential REALTORS® before deciding on one to sell their home. Here are some smart questions to ask:

1.  How long have you been in the business?
A freshly-licensed REALTOR® can do a wonderful job and will have up-to-date training; those in the business longer bring more practical experience to the table.

2.  What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio?
A competent listing REALTOR® should hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices.

3.  How will your marketing plan meet my needs?
Specifically, how will you sell my home? Where and how often do you advertise? Will you show me a sample flyer? How do you market online?

4.  Will you provide references?
Ask if any of the references are related to the REALTOR®. Ask if you can call their references with additional questions.

5.  What separates you from your competition?
Key phrases to listen for: assertive, available by phone or e-mail, analytical, professional, reliable, and able to maintain a good sense of humour under trying circumstances.

6.  May I review documents that I will be asked to sign?
A good REALTOR® makes forms available to you before you are required to sign them. Ask to see agency disclosure, the listing agreement and seller disclosure.

7.  How will you help me find other professionals?
Ask for a written list of referring vendors. Get an explanation if you see the term “affiliated”. It could mean the REALTOR® is getting compensation from vendors.

8.  How much do you charge?
You don’t have to ask if the fee is negotiable, since all real estate fees are negotiated. It may be a good idea to ask what their commission fee is for your reference.

9.  What kind of guarantee do you offer?
If you sign a listing agreement with the REALTOR® and later find that you are unhappy with the arrangement, will the REALTOR® let you cancel the agreement?

10.  What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?
Pay close attention to how the REALTOR® answers this question, because there is always something you need to know--always.

 

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  My slogan “Selling Toronto Since 77" represents my experience as a Full-time Toronto Resale Agent.

  But that is not the whole story….please read "The Making of Your Agent"


 

BEFORE 1977:

   By age 5, (as I recall it :) , I took a look across the St.John River from our1000 tree Apple Farm, outside of Woodstock N.B., and said “We Gotta Get To    Ontario”.
So my family of four packed up the truck, car and Sally the dog (the cattle traveled by train) and headed to a newly purchased farm just outside of Lindsay, Ontario.

   Naturally, being the only Son, I quickly grew into Family Farming Business with my Father and Grandfather as it expanded from mixed livestock, grain and large scale potato growing into producing 136,000 broiler chickens annually.   Next, a Farm Equipment Dealership was added.                                                    My Mother, our Admin. and Bookkeeper made sure I learned the importance of these functions.                                                                                                       So this is pretty much the story of my Childhood -  Hard Work and Busy learning all facets of running Businesses.

    When I turned 16 (and had my driver's license), a most important and impactful thing occured.  My father (Frank) announced  “You and I are going to buy a lot, build a house and sell it.  It is time you learned about property ! ”                                                                                                                                           Soon after, we were shopping with a Realtor, to purchase a building lot overlooking Sturgeon Lake and I was learning the basics of plans, permits, basement installation, home building, and Home Selling thru a Realtor.

 By the time I was 18 - I was feeling the draw of Toronto !   So I was happily attending Ryerson Business School in Toronto, when my Father announced -  “You and I are going to buy this waterfront farm on Sturgeon Lake and develop a subdivision !”   ( I was like - "WHAAAAAT" ???  :)                                           Soon, while going to Ryerson, I was driving to Lindsay several times a week since  “Lakeside Village”, a 34 Home, Estate Subdivision was under way.

Now That Was A Real Education !  This project took many Years of:  local and provincial government approvals; assembling investors and financing; countless engineering and builder meetings.   And we were Learning On The Fly !  (talk about a Part-time Job :)
However, it Was Very Cool to be able to do many school assignments on my own project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
By age 21,  our highly regarded "Lakeside Village" Subdivision was completed and Sold Out - and I proceeded with my Plan to become a Toronto Realtor.

 By age 23,  I had next completed a new 2 Year, full time Seneca College Diploma Course in Toronto, that seemed like it was created - Just For Me !                   It was called “Real Property and Appraisal” and incorporated the in-depth Appraisal 1 & 2 (for those wishing to become a professional Appraiser), Real Estate Law, Property Management , Construction Management, Construction Estimating, Developing, Accounting, Marketing and Promotion, Government Property Regulations and The Planning Act.

This was the extent of my Preparation and Experience to be ready to help people with their most important Buying and Selling decisions - BEFORE becoming a Professional Toronto Real Estate Broker in 1977.

 
SINCE 1977:

My Goal has been to be the most knowledgeable, hard-working, complete Resource for my Clients..
I also spend a serious amount of time accumulating and knowing the very best of Honest, Talented, Well-priced Contractors/Tradesman/Plans & Permit Specialists/Lawyers/Surveyors/Mortgage Specialists - since personal connections in these fields are very important assets to be able to recommend to you.      (So you do not have to hire strangers from the internet or flyers anymore.)
I have designed and renovated many 
Toronto homes, and show 100's of homes and condos, every year. 
My lifelong study of the resale market, real estate investments, housing statistics, interest rates, new construction condo/loft projects, real estate law, renovation/design, condominium corporations – will hugely benefit your property decision making.                                                                                                  My Business is typically approx. 85% Residential and 15% Investment Properties/Land/Re-development Sales.

  AREAS:  I have experience in All Areas of the City of Toronto and have handled Sales and Purchasing in most parts of the entire GTA.                                      My  business has always been "Needs of the Client Based," as opposed to just knowing one small pocket.   Many of my Clients have wanted me to handle their out-of-town transactions as well.  My appraisal education and over 40 years of experience enables me to analyze pricing data in any area and know country property as well.   I have also done business in the following areas: Pickering/Ajax/Brooklyn/Whitby/Oshawa/Bowmanville;  Newmarket/Aurora/Stouffville/Uxbridge;  Mississauga/Milton;  Kawartha Lakes/Scugog Lake/Port Perry/Lindsay/Balsam Lake/Sturgeon Lake/Rice Lake/Buckhorn Lake/Omemee.

 

In Summary, I believe that when you are hiring an Agent, you deserve:

 1.)       An Agent – who is This involved, interested, dedicated and experienced in all things Property.

 
2.)       An Agent – that you can tell right away, genuinely puts your best interest above all else !  As opposed to the "just sending out junk mail and waiting for the phone to ring approach" - I have acquired my loyal diverse clientele thru "word of mouth" recommendations from one family member and friend to the next.

 3.)       An Agent – who promptly returns your calls/emails, 7 days a week.   And does Not disappear on holidays in the middle of your buying/selling.

 4.)     An Agent – who Always will dedicate the time, and has the will, determination and knowledge to “MOVE MOUNTAINS” to make you Happy & Successful in Toronto Homes, Condos, Lofts and Investments.


                  I Assure you, You Will Notice The Difference