Q: What questions should I ask when looking for a REALTOR®?
Here are 10 smart questions to ask. But remember, this is just a starting point. Your REALTOR® should be willing to answer any questions you have. After all, that's why you hire the pros.
1.How long have you been in the business? Since March 1999
2.What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio? 98%
3.How will your marketing plan meet my needs? Catered specifically to you and your home
4.Will you provide references? You bet!
5.What separates you from your competition? You'll Know I have your best interest at heart
6.May I review documents that I will be asked to sign? Of course!
7.Can you help me find other professionals? Yes
8.How much do you charge? *Detached 7% & 2.5% / Strata Title 7% & 3%
9.What if I'm unhappy with the service? We can cancel the listing
10.What haven't I asked you that I need to know? We will review everything you need to know!
Brokerage fees for detached homes are 7% of the first $100,000 and 2.5% of the balance of the sale price plus gst.
Strata Title properties are based on 7% of the first $100,000 and 3% of the balance of the sale price plus gst.
Q: What do your services include?
As a full service agent my listing package includes but is not limited to the following
Q: Do I really need a REALTOR® to sell my home?
- Providing Strata Documents
- Quality floor plans and photography,
- Staging consultation
- Enhanced feature sheets and marketing materials
- Newspaper and internet campaigns
- Public & REALTOR® open houses.
- Full MLS exposure
- Unless unavoidable, I attend all showings allowing for immediate feedback, provide security of your home and the ability to showcase special features which may not be known to a Buyer's agent.
Many people who try to sell their own home end up using a REALTOR® in the end anyway. Before anybody decides to fly solo through this complex, time consuming and financially perilous process, they should consider these questions.Will you really "save" the real estate commission?
When buyers see a home for sale 'by the owner', they see a bargain. They imagine the REALTOR®'s fee going into their pocket, not yours.How many potential buyers will you reach?
Selling a home takes more than just hanging a "For Sale" sign. How will you promote your home? Will you write your own ads? How will you use the Internet? MLS® and the corresponding web site www.REALTOR.ca have changed the way people search for homes, and it's hard to court buyers without it.Do you have the time?
Promoting a home is a full time job, and you may already have one. Will you be able to take calls at any time? How about screening the callers to figure out if they're suitable candidates? Not everybody who calls is even suitable to walk through your home, but how do you tell?Do you know the market well enough to get the most for your home?
Lacking years of experience, the average do-it-yourselfer is merely guessing at their listing price. Often they set the price too low and miss out on thousands of dollars, or they price their home too high and drive away willing buyers.Do you have the negotiation skills to keep a deal on track?
When an offer comes in, emotions can run high with so much money on the line. This is why direct seller-to-buyer deals often end in disaster. REALTORS® keep it professional and are indispensable when it comes to bargaining with buyers.