When it comes to choosing a realtor, Canadians have many options. With more than 120,000 registered agents in Canada, however, it can be difficult for first-time homebuyers to be assured they’re working with the best one.
Seek someone well-rounded
Before choosing a realtor, consider their knowledge, experience, and business practices, advises Gareth Jones, FRI CRES, Executive Vice President at the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC). REIC is the leading national provider of continuing real estate education and professional designation programs for realtors. “Ongoing education and continued professional development are crucial in an ever-changing industry such as this,” Jones says.
The Fellow of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) designation is just one of the designations achieved through the exclusive programs offered by REIC. Nationally recognized, the FRI is a prestigious designation developed for realtors with advanced knowledge and experience who are looking to take their practice to the next level.
“Realtors with an FRI designation are dedicated to advancing professionalism, ethical business practices, and quality client care within the industry,” says Jones. “They show a true commitment to lifelong learning.”
High standards, high-quality advice
To become an FRI, realtors must have a minimum of five years of real estate experience, expertise in property sales and marketing, and a thorough knowledge of provincial real estate laws and financial regulations.
Realtors with the designation are also required to uphold the REIC’s Code of Professional Standards. “FRIs are true leaders in their profession,” Jones says. “Many FRI-designated realtors hold senior positions in the private and public real estate sectors.”
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Originally posted on True North Living