Preparing to Buy
Making an Offer
Closing the Purchase
Choosing the Right Agent
How to choose the right agent
When you decide the time has come to shop for a new house, you want to stack the deck in your favour. That means working with a good real estate agent, and there are none better than the sales representatives at Royal LePage Landmart.
Defining real estate agents and REALTORS
All real estate agents must be licensed. In addition to having a real estate license, most Royal LePage agents are also REALTORS®. The term REALTOR ® is a trademark that identifies a licensed real estate agent as a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). All REALTORS ® make a pledge to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards.
Your agent or REALTOR ® will act as your eyes, your ears and your voice throughout the home buying process. You need to feel assured that you're receiving the best information and advice, so you can have confidence that you're making a savvy real estate investment. That makes choosing the right agent for your needs a top priority.
You’ll be working closely with your real estate agent, so it's important to choose someone who understands your situation, knows the local real estate market, and can give you the advice and guidance you need.
Asking the right questions
We encourage you to interview several agents before choosing the one you want to work with. Determine which features of your new home are most important to you (see Needs vs. Wants), and ask the prospective agent about their knowledge in those areas: How well does he know your desired neighbourhood? How familiar is he with the issues associated with older homes? If you’re prepared to do some renovations, to what extent is he familiar with remodeling pricing? If you’re a senior or have other particular needs, does he hold a Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation, or specialize in your needs?
You may have to settle for a little less in the way of extras, too. Conditional offers that may have included appliances or extra fix-ups in a buyer’s market may well be rejected in the seller’s market.
Buying in a balanced market is a much more predictable endeavour. With sellers and buyers in equilibrium, housing prices stabilize and the atmosphere on both sides of the transaction becomes relaxed.
The table below lists the influences that different conditions may have on you. Impact and expenses may vary, depending on your area.