1. An Explanation of the Process
A realtor will explain every single step of the process to you and will not take it for granted that you know all the ins and outs of the buying/ selling process. They will make sure that you do not encounter any surprises along the way.
2. An Assessment of Your Needs
A realtor will assess your financial payments, what you can and cannot afford and one of the first questions they are going to ask you is “Why are you moving?” and will take it from there.
3. A Plan to Find Your Dream Home
A realtor will help you identify what you want in your new residence. A pool? A garage? An extra room? A particular building design? What about the neighbourhood? Proximity to schools or work? They will compare your needs, wants and budget with what is available on the market and make recommendations that save you time and effort. He or she will also accompany you as you view houses and help you assess their suitability and price. As an expert on a property, they can provide facts on the neighbourhoods, the cost of heating, the condition of the furnace, and so on. In other words, he or she will work with you to achieve your dream.
4. A Skilled Negotiator
Realtors are experienced in arranging fair deals. He or she will assist in negotiating an offer, acting as a mediator to head off potential conflicts between you and the seller, and draw up a legally binding agreement.
5. Highest Professional Standards (optional)
Before receiving a real estate license, candidates must successfully complete an extensive course of study developed by OREA on behalf of the Real Estate Council Ontario. That is only the beginning: in the first two years of practice, licensees are required to successfully complete three additional courses as part of their articling with an experienced broker. In addition, all licensees must continue to attend courses throughout their careers in order to maintain their license.