Go with what feels right to you. Like Papa Bear, Momma Bear and Baby bear choosing porridge, a chair or a bed, each of their needs were different. You want the Realtor who is just right for you. Marie is a no-nonsense analytical, leave no stone unturned in your search for the best home for you kind of Realtor. Marie demonstrates strong negotiating skills; this is when Marie shows the work to be most fun. Is this the kind of person you want on your side?
You want a Realtor who is not the biggest name (think too busy for you -- you will most likely be passed off to a junior assistant for much of your transaction); You want a Realtor who is not the newbie (they may not have enough skills or money to serve you). You want experience with references, and you want to take note of what those references say.
You will trust the Realtor who shows up on time, listens to what you want, does diligent research on your behalf, and cares as if it were their own purchase. You will trust the Realtor who puts the tools in your hands, shows you the searches so you are confident in the numbers decided on, and the steps taken. A Realtor needs to be competent with technology, but know how to pick up a phone according to your preferred method of communication.
Marie's clients, surprised by her investment in their outcome, recommend you to her with words like "clearly explained everything to me" & "I knew I could trust her, but I didn't know how many questions she would teach me to ask about things I didn't realize I needed to know."
You will do your own search on RECO.on.ca to make sure that your chosen Realtor has an up to date liscence, and has no posted infractions against them.
Choose a Professional Realtor, like Marie, who is a Broker, part of organized Real Estate, belonging to a great brokerage -- Royal LePage Signature has the best managers and team of service providers, member of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), member of Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), member of the Canadian Real Estate Board (CREA). A professional within organized Real Estate offers you insurance when you travel with them, and the brokerage offers insurance on deposit money placed in the company trust account against loss.