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Why use a Realtor?


 

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $300,000.

If you had a $300,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CA? If you had a $300,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an solicitor?

Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.

 

 

Buying and selling real estate is not a

simple thing. It is, in fact, a significant

business transaction that requires a team

of talented and skilled people to ensure

everything is completed properly and in

the right process.

As an important part of most real estate

transactions, lawyers, financial advisors,

mortgage specialists, home inspectors,

property appraisers, interior decorators,

movers and REALTORS® all play a

significant role within their areas of expertise. And of all these

professionals, REALTORS® are the ones that assists clients

though the entire real estate process with care, professionalism

and competency.

It is estimated there are more than 146 large and small tasks that

must be managed for a successful real estate transaction to be

closed. A committed and professional REALTOR® will make the

complex process of selling or purchasing real estate both simple

and painless.

As an overview of what a REALTOR® can do for you in your next

real estate transaction, here are the top ten reasons why enlisting

a REALTOR® is one of the best investments people can make in

the process of buying or selling real estate.

10. REALTORS® provide their clients with expert valuation

on the value of any property they are seeking to sell or to

purchase

How do you decide upon a fair value for a property you are

selling or purchasing? Your REALTOR® will analyze real

estate values in comparable properties, and will help you

determine a price reflecting the current real estate market.

9. REALTORS® provide professional advice on how to

prepare your property so that it shows at its absolute best

REALTORS® know exactly how to present a home in its

best light, and they advise clients on how to improve the

showing of their home to potential buyers. When viewing

properties, REALTORS® also provide a critical eye to flaws

that may be more significant than clients realize.

8. REALTORS® use the Multiple Listing Service® to put a

client’s property front and centre in the real estate market,

or to find a property that fits with what their client is

seeking. Once on MLS a REALTOR can then prescreen potential buyers to make

sure they are sincere and qualified. Realtors consider all safety concerns when

dealing with owners and  tenants before showing their home.

Only REALTORS®, those real estate agents who are

members of the Vancouver Real Estate Board and the

Canadian Real Estate Association, can list properties on the

MLS® system. When listed on the MLS® system, the entire

network of 73,000 Canadian REALTORS® can access your

property details and bring it to the attention of their clients.

Who wouldn’t want such a team working for them?

7. REALTORS® take care of all the nitty-gritty details

involved in selling or purchasing a home

When you select a REALTOR® to help you sell your home,

your REALTOR® will plan and manage open houses for

you, they will show your home regularly

to  potential buyers, and they will

work evenings and weekends to ensure

the right buyers are matched with the right

sellers. Realtors are on call until the home is sold! Their are many questions

that often arise and it is nice to know your REALTOR is available for you.

6. REALTORS® take care of advertising. REALTORS® not only list your property

in the MLS® system, but they also advertise properties in other publications

which best suit the property.

 

5. REALTORS® take care of yard signage. If your home is for sale but nobody

knows it, how can it possibly be sold? REALTORS® provide attractive,

recognizable yard signage to let people know that your

valuable property is available for purchase!

4. REALTORS® assist clients in understanding all offers to

purchase. REALTORS® are experts in all conditions of sale, and

provide explanations and expertise regarding offers made

for a property. As your REALTOR® works on your behalf,

he or she will advise you on any conditions of sale that

may be problematic, and will take steps to negotiate any

unacceptable elements.

3. REALTORS® know how to negotiate an acceptable sale

price. Because home ownership is a substantial investment

that can have emotional implications, both buyers

and sellers usually have too much at stake to be good

negotiators. While representing their clients, REALTORS®

remain professionally detached and are able to negotiate

satisfactory sales prices in real estate transactions.

2. REALTORS® know the pulse of the current market

REALTORS® are professionals who live, breathe and study

real estate. They know the Greater Vancouver marketplace

from day-to-day exposure and how its pulse is beating.

They are professionals with intricate, expert knowledge that

assists everyone who is interested in buying or selling a

property.

1. REALTORS® put your mind at ease and let you relax

through the real estate transaction

In today’s busy, busy world and intense real estate market,

isn’t it worth it to have a professional guide you through a

complex business transaction with ease and security?  REALTORS® are

professionals in the process of selling and purchasing real

estate, and they provide a value that is worth its weight in

gold.

 

AND FOR BUYERS:

 Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS® have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell? To me this is the most important reason to use a Realtor. Sometimes a buyers agent will be better at stearing you in the right direction.

Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investYour REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each igations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

 Your REALTOR® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, creeks,proximity to negative influences, renovations done with or without permits, asbestos, oil tanks, grow ops, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your REALTOR®, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.

 

Although i am a REALTOR i think the most important thing you can do when buying or selling is hire a REALTOR with experience who treats every sale like their own. If you try and save money by cutting corners or think it is best to not work with your REALTOR you will end up paying in the long run. Statistically those that try and save on commission end up paying more in the end. Either through a higher sale price when buying (thinking you will get a better deal with a listing agent) or a lower sale price when selling( by cutting corners when selling-properties do not sell themselves!)That is why REALTORS are so important. What most people don't realize is that with experience comes every sales scenerio so we know what WORKS!

 

Top ten reasons why REALTORS® are worth their weight in gold

by Sheryl Campbell

 

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