Saving the commission crosses the minds of many sellers - unfortunately for the seller, it also crosses the minds of many buyers and their offers will reflect this. If you are considering selling your home without the services of a professional REALTOR®, you should be aware of the following statistics.

If Selling:

A REALTOR® can advise you on how to make your home more competitive and marketable.

A REALTOR® has extensive product knowledge enabling him/her to set a competitive and fair price so that your home will sell quickly.

A REALTOR® has an enormous network of potential buyers as well as access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) giving your home maximum exposure.

A REALTOR® has well-honed negotiating skills to ensure that you get the best price possible for your home.

A REALTOR® is skilled in drawing up legally binding contracts.

A will see to all the details from beginning to end and look after any problems that may arise leaving you to enjoy your search for a new home.

If Buying

A REALTOR® will help you determine what you can afford and what kind of home will best suit your needs.

A REALTOR® will then provide you with a list of homes for sale that are in your price range and possess all the qualities you require.

A REALTOR® saves you a lot of running around and wasted time by providing you with a list of quality homes and securing appointments to view them.

A REALTOR® has a wealth of information on everything from financing to amenities within the community.

A REALTOR® will negotiate on your behalf to make sure you get the best possible price.

Buying New

Once you have made the exciting decision to buy a new home, careful research is a must. The following checklist will help you get started and make your search a little easier.

Your must haves and your would be nice choices should be discussed with your professional builder. The builder will be able to help you achieve the maximum from your budget by offering you alternatives to costly projects.

Just remember, builders and developers are not REALTORS® and are not bound by the Real Estate Act. This means that an uninformed buyer may discover that the property they purchase is nothing like the property they were sold. Furthermore, because their builder is not covered by Errors and Omissions insurance, the unwary buyer may find themselves soley burdened with fixing problems left behind by the builder. Having an agent asking the right questions on your behalf and working for your protection is the surest way to ensure the timely and accurate fulfillment of your builders contract.

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