Buying a house could be the biggest financial transaction you make in your lifetime. The true value of a home is even bigger than that. Your home should be a place where you find comfort and security, where you build memories with family and friends. Here’s how a qualified, trusted REALTOR® can help you on your home buying journey:
1. Find the house that fits you
You may know exactly what you want as a home buyer, or you may be completely clueless. Either way, having a REALTOR® on your side can be a valuable resource.
If you know what you want, your REALTOR® can tap into their extensive local network to let you know about upcoming listings before they even hit the market. They can also walk through properties with you to offer their expert advice on the strengths and potential challenges of each home.
If you’re clueless, your REALTOR® can guide you through your options based on your budget and needs. They will help you narrow down your search by identifying what is most important to you in a future home.
2. Negotiate a deal
No home buyer wants to overpay for a house. At the same time, no one wants to risk losing their ideal home to a higher offer. A sales agreement is a legally binding document; understand the implications and knowing what to ask for is also important.
Your REALTOR® is a trained negotiator, and they know what similar properties are currently going for because they are negotiating other deals in the area. They can negotiate on your behalf with the seller or the seller’s REALTOR® to get you the best deal on your future home, and provide expert advice if you are in a situation where there are competing offers.
3. Understand the closing process
Once you have signed an agreement with the seller, there are a few more steps you need to go through before closing, including hiring a lawyer to review documents, conducting a home inspection and removing other conditions. Your REALTOR® can help this process go more smoothly by explaining what will happen next and helping you navigate any problems that may arise such as issues uncovered during a home inspection.
For more information on buying a house in Canada, read these Tips for Buyers.
The services of a REALTOR® are completely free for home buyers! We take our commission from the sellers.
If you’re ready to hire a REALTOR® in Prince George, BC, give our office a call at 250-563-1000. We would love to be a part of your home buying journey!