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Real Estate Tips for Homebuyers

Whether you are purchasing your first home or an experienced Homebuyer our real estate tips are perfect for everyone. If you need additional advice on Buying Homes in Southampton, Sauble Beach and Port Elgin, please contact us anytime!

  • Your REALTOR provides local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. A REALTOR assists you in making the best choice when selecting an environment where you and your family can grow.
  • Only your professional REALTOR knows the local market, understand the vital importance of timing and circumstance, and has the experience and tools to market your home effectively.
  • A REALTORS role is to provide you with sound, effective, timely advice and professional service and to promote your best interests.
  • Your REALTOR assists you in providing due diligence to evaluate the property. This may include inspections for mould, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR can assist you in determining what conditions to recommend and assist in finding qualified professionals to investigate and provide reports to you.
  • REALTORS will prepare you for the entire transaction process. REALTORS will go through the entire sales transaction with you and ensure every detail is handled properly - so there are no surprises and you know exactly what to expect.
  • Not all licensed or registered brokers and salespeople are REALTORS. Only real estate licencees who are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) are REALTORS. There REALTORS are committed to a high standard of professional conduct ongoing education, and to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice. Using the service of a professional REALTOR helps in disclosing maximum property information and facts therefore reducing your risk.
  • Unrepresented buyers and sellers using for sale by owner (FSBO) organizations expect to save REALTORS fees. However, since both buyers and sellers want to save the same commission or fee their negotiations begin at a disadvantage and are further hampered because they do not have an independent party like a REALTOR to help them negotiate the best possible deal.
  • REALTORS can guide you through the legal maze. REALTORS can help you protect your interests and investments by guiding you through the complex maze of legal documents - whether you're selling a home or buying.
  • Your REALTOR can help determine your buying power and refer you to lenders best qualified to maximize your loan and mimimize your cost.
  • The purchase or sale of a property is a business transaction of tremendous complexity. A REALTOR understands and can provide the assistance you need.
  • REALTORS are thoroughly familiar with representing buyers and sellers in the real estate transactions and understand the pitfalls of the process. Sellers and buyers "doing it themselves" can make mistakes, the result of which can far outweigh any perceived or real financial advantages to be gained in saving a commission or fee.
  • A REALTOR can provide you with a list of lenders, lawyers, home inspectors, mortgage brokers and other professionals you may require to complete your real estate transaction.
  • A REALTOR can help buyers find the right home to purchase, advise how much buyers can afford, negotiate for buyers and deal with sellers, help with paperwork/inspections/closings, research comparable home prices, help find and arrange financing.
  • With the MLS system, a REALTOR can search for homes that suit budgets, location preferences and family requirements and quickly put together a short list of suitable homes.
  • Did You Know - a mishandled document can ruin a sale, or lead to legal action? REALTORS spend years learning the legalities of real estate, they know how to work with real estate lawyers, and they all carry error insurance to make sure you're completely protected.