There are 10 reasons to put your trust in a REALTOR® when buying or selling your property.
Your REALTOR® has many resources to assist you in your home search.
The Multiple Listing System® is one of your REALTOR’s biggest assets but not all properties that are for sale are actively advertised in the market. Your REALTOR® can help you find all the properties that fit your search.
Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power.
With some basic information about your available savings, income, and current debt, your REALTOR® can refer you to lenders best suited to your needs. Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property.
There are two things you’ll want to know:
- Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment?
- Will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
Your REALTOR® can provide information on utilities, zoning, and schools in the local community or neighbourhood that will help you answer any questions.
Your REALTOR® can help you navigate and negotiate.
There are many issues in the search for a new home, issues like price, financing, terms, date of possession, repairs, renovations, and the inclusion or exclusion of furnishings or equipment.
Then there are inspections and investigations of the property needed to satisfy everyone involved in the purchase and sale of a new home.
Your agent can help you navigate all the obligations that must be met and negotiate the rest successfully before you turn the key on the front door of your new home.
Your REALTOR® helps you provide due diligence during the evaluation of the property.
Depending on the location and the property, you may need inspections to meet municipal or provincial regulations.
Your REALTOR® can help you find qualified professionals to carry out the investigations and provide written reports.
Your REALTOR® can also work with your lawyer to ensure any issues related to title are addressed.
When selling your home, your REALTOR® knowledge can help position you in the local market.
Local prices, financing options, as well as terms and condition of competing properties are key factors in selling your property at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.
Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and potential buyers.
Your REALTOR® is your marketing coordinator, ensuring information about your property is available to other real estate agents through the Multiple Listing Service®. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics requires REALTORS® to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.
As well, your REALTOR® can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property.
When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
Your REALTOR® will know when, where, and how to advertise your property.
Advertising works but these days an ad in the local newspaper isn’t the only way to let people know you have a property for sale. Your REALTOR® knows the way to market your property for the best results.
And there’s more to selling than just advertising. Studies show that a large percentage of real estate sales are the result of an agent’s network of contacts and referrals through previous clients, friends, and family.
Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal.
Not every offer that comes in will be for the propety under your original conditions and for your asking price.
Your REALTOR® can help you evaluate each offer and compare different offers to get you the best value for your property.
Your REALTOR® can help close the sale of your home.
The initial sales agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections, and financing.
Your REALTOR® can help you with that process, and write a win-win agreement that will get you to closing successfully.