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Catherine Poirier

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Using a Realtor® to protect your biggest purchase decision

If you would like more information on anything or if you have any questions Contact Me and I will be happy to help. If you are looking for your next dream home visit my Buyers Page or if you are wanting to sell your home visit my Sellers Page. Visit my About Beamsville page, my About Lincolnpage, my About Grimsby page, my About St. Catharines page, or my About Vineland page for more information about any of the areas I specialize in. 

Using a RealtorThe amount of time, effort and energy spent into selling or buying a home can be extensive and if you to do it by yourself, and not with the assistance of a Realtor® or agent, you may run into the risk of losing money and getting a less-than-favorable deal. Realtors® and real estate agents have years of education and experience and help you not only make a solid and responsible financial decision, but also protect you from the many risks currently existing in the murky waters of the real estate market.

In addition, many consumers don’t understand the differences between a Realtor® and a real estate agent. A Realtor® has gone through extra training and education, as well as adheres to a strict code of ethics. But when you buy or sell a home, make sure you get the most out of this monumental occasion and use a real estate professional to guide, protect and assist you.

  

What’s wrong with selling and buying without a professional?

Buying or selling without a Realtor® or a real estate professional can have negative repercussions. For one, it may take you longer to sell your home, which may result in wasted time and lost funds. If you’re working full-time, the ability to sell a home is curtailed and you may have to take time off work or have an extremely tight schedule to hold open houses.

As well, you may feel incredibly uncomfortable by letting just anybody into your home, and you may not know how to protect yourself against theft or fraud. A Realtor® can have effective open houses and can detect any suspicious activity.

Protecting Your Biggest Purchase DecisionMost self-home sellers or buyers are not real estate professionals, so you’re obviously limited to your own knowledge and ability. Realtors® understand the dense paperwork, the legal documents and what is and isn't a good deal. Working with such a professional would only benefit your chances of achieving a sale or purchase. Without the help of the Realtor® you may waste hours researching and learning all the details of the real estate market.

  

Why get a Realtor®?

The answer is quite obvious: to the get the best possible deal that you paid for. Especially for first-time home buyers, not using the services of a Realtor® or agent can put your purchase in jeopardy. Of course there is the slight chance that you can come out of a deal by making some more money, but there are many risks in trying to do that, and you may end up using that money you would have made on research and time off work.

Typically, most homes sold by Realtors® or real estate agents will be priced higher, therefore offsetting some of the commission. If you were to sell by yourself, you may not know the market as well as a Realtor® and you might end up pricing your home inaccurately.

For buying a home it’s still extremely beneficial to acquire the assistance of a Realtor®. They can, without a doubt, optimize your buying power and increase your options in the market. They have the access to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and can help you find that home you've always wanted.

With their extensive knowledge of the market, Realtors® can also help you find which house is appropriate for your budget by examining your financial background. They can also help you with the mortgage loan qualifications and can help you understand the taxes of the transaction.

Along with these qualifications, Realtors® also possess the skills of negotiation. They can negotiate effectively with the seller and help you negotiate so that you can avoid any problems when you purchase your home. Having the Realtor® by your side during the negotiating process can make sure you get the best deal and that you’re not taken advantage of.

When you hire a Realtor®, your knowledge on the real estate industry will just increase, therefore resulting in a better deal for you. And remember, they do follow a strict code of ethics which will protect you even more during your search for that new home. The Realtor® will let you know of everything and will work to their best ability to close a sale for you.

 

22 Powerful Questions to Ask a Real Estate Realtor®

It is important to be confident in your Realtor® here is a list of questions you can ask to help you decide if the person you are talking to is the best professional for you. How long have you been selling real estate?

  1. What is the percent of Sellers compared to Buyers that you serve?
  2. Can we cancel the listing if we're not happy?
  3. Do you have a licensed personal assistant?
  4. Do you recommend that I hire an attorney?
  5. Powerful Questions to AskMay I see your resume or personal brochure?
  6. What systems do you have in place that will keep you in constant contact with me during the listing and the transaction?
  7. Are you fully automated with your own personal computer, fax machine, copier, pager, mobile phone, etc.?
  8. May I see all the paperwork that you are going to ask me to sign?
  9. What professional designations do you have?
  10. I want to give my home the advantage of the latest marketing strategies. How much time and money do you invest each month in professional training?
  11. Why are you personally motivated to sell my house?
  12. Why should I list with you rather than any other REALTOR® who is calling on me?
  13. What kind of experience and training do you have in negotiations?
  14. How many homes do you sell in a year?
  15. Will you personally be there when contracts are presented and handle all the negotiations?
  16. Do you have a web site?
  17. Will you directly market the property on the Internet?
  18. Do you follow-up on all showings on the house and report the comments back to me?
  19. Do you have an assistant to make sure no details are overlooked?
  20. What part of your business is from referrals/past clients?
  21. Do you market with direct mailings on my property?

It's likely that you don't interview people very often. And yet, in order to find the REALTOR® who is right for you, you may interview several. The quality of your home selling experience is dependent upon your skill at selecting the person best qualified.

It's interesting that in the real estate business, someone with many successfully closed transactions usually COSTS THE SAME as someone who is inexperienced. Bringing that experience to bear on your transaction could mean a higher price at the negotiating table, selling in less time, and with the minimum amount of hassles.

The world is populated with REALTORS® who are wrong for you. For example, the housewife who sells an occasional house because she needs a little pocket change, or the insurance salesman who believes he can handle two careers, or perhaps your cousin, who really needs your business.

The sale of your home could well be the most important financial transaction you have ever been involved with. The person you select can make it a satisfying and profitable activity, or a terrible experience. It's your home, and your money. The choice of your REALTOR® is up to you. Make the selection carefully.

If you have any questions about anything or would like more helpful information Contact Me or if you are thinking about buying a home or selling your home visit my Buyers Page or Sellers Page.

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