BUYING A HOME - why use a REALTOR® ?

A buyer’s agent works exclusively for the buyer, and keeps their best interest at the forefront.

Here are the advantages I offer you as your buyer’s agent.


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The first step is getting to know you - and what you are looking for in a new home and new neighborhood. This gives me the information to find you the best possible homes to choose from.

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With every potential home, we’ll go through the pros and cons in terms of the schools, taxes, neighborhood and, of course, the home itself. I’ll have my ear to the ground looking for exclusive listings and properties that are ready to hit the market. This helps you make a well informed decision.

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As your REALTOR®, I work for you and only you. With your best interest at heart, I can offer advice on what price to offer and am constantly working to negotiate the best deal for you in a new home.

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It may sound corny, but I’ll be there! Buying a home is a major undertaking, and it’s my job to be available for you to go on viewings, offer advice, guide you through the paperwork, and even discuss issues after the sale.

Did you know that as a buyer the services of a REALTOR® typically cost you nothing?

When the seller of a house retains a Realtor®, they typically agree to a commission paid upon sale of the property. If the buyer also has a Realtor®, the seller’s agent will split that commission with the buyer’s agent. This is why it normally costs the buyer nothing to engage a Realtor®.

Doesn’t that mean the buyer’s agent might care more about their commission than the buyer’s needs?

Realtors® are only successful when their clients are successful - which means that if you aren’t happy, we’ve failed. This business is all about relationships and the trust these are built on. As your Realtor® I am bound to work for you, in your best interest, and no one else’s. Your success is my success.

Whether it’s your first home or you've done this all before, buying a home is a big step. Here are some tips to make the process easier.

1. Talk to your bank or mortgage broker.

It’s important to get pre-qualified for a mortgage before you shop for a home. This ensures that you know what you can afford, and can find the right home within your budget.

2. Get your calculator out.

What’s the real cost of buying a home and home ownership? Before buying, this can include property inspections, water testing etc. After you buy, this can include property taxes, utilities, condo fees and more. Here’s a handy tool from the CMHC that can give you an idea of what your dream home will really cost. This is a great time to sit down with a financial adviser and look at your plan - not only for purchasing a home, but for the years of home ownership to come.,

3. Outline your needs.

Needs and wants are two different things. Making a list of what you need from a home (three bedrooms minimum) vs what you want (a beautiful laundry room) will help you keep your eye on the ball during the buying process.

4. Check out some different neighborhoods

Do a bit a research into areas you are interested in living in. Figure out if they meet your needs - and wants. Are there schools nearby? Is it easy to get to shops and services? Or maybe you want a bit of isolation. Have a look at these quick summaries of neighborhoods in the Halifax municipality. If you are able to physically tour the neighborhoods, do so. If not, talk to your Realtor and tap into your own networks to see who might have some insight for you.

5. Brace Yourself.

Buying a home can be quite a ride. You may face some highs and lows when trying to find the perfect home. Evenings and weekends might be spent in search of that perfect place, or it may land in your lap right away. If you are in a situation with multiple offers, you may feel caught up in the moment. That’s the time to remind yourself of your budget and your needs, and to take stock carefully. Consult your Realtor and your financial advisers - there’s nothing wrong with a bit of sober second thought.

Buying a house is a big step. As your RE/MAX REALTOR, I’m here to help you through the process - and I’m backed by one of the largest and best known real estate companies in the business. Your success is our success.

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