The number one rule in choosing a real estate professional is to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. I do not recommend a referral because your Aunt will be annoyed if you don’t work with her friend. You’re making one of the biggest financial and life style decisions you will ever make, so make sure that you use a real estate sales representative® that you find knowledgeable, competent, like, and trust.
If you’re using a real estate pro for the first time, interview a few. Statistically people interview 2.1 real estate pros before choosing. Search “questions to ask in choosing a real estate professional.”
My suggestion is to ask a real estate pro what areas of the market they know well as Calgary is a big place and it’s not possible to know the subtleties of each community.
In short, the company makes little difference; the real estate pro is the one who does the work. Trust someone you find knowledgeable, competent, available, and also someone likeable as you may be spending a bunch of time with them.