House Hunting Without a Realtor? What You Need to Think About

Monday Apr 16th, 2018

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If you are a first-time home buyer, a downsizer or move-up buyer, the thought of working without a realtor to find your next home may have crossed your mind. Perhaps you had a negative experience in the past or you feel well-equipped to manage the house hunting process on your own? Regardless, searching for a property without a real estate sales representative may not be in your best interest.

For starters, purchasing a home is a big deal – and, in some cases, it may represent the largest, most significant transaction you will make in your life. As such, you need an experienced realtor in your corner to make the entire process as stress-free as possible – someone who is well-connected in the business, understands the market and who will negotiate on your behalf to help you submit a winning offer.

Here are some benefits of hiring a buyer’s agent that you may not have considered:

We are knowledgeable and experienced
A real estate sales representative has the necessary knowledge and experience as it relates to buying a home. It is our job to study the market and any trends that could affect your purchase. We are also location and neighbourhood experts, which is extremely beneficial for buyers who may be looking to relocate to a new city or community.

We cut through the clutter
Every buyer has their own unique needs, budget, timeline and expectations – and, as realtors, it is our responsibility to know these factors so that we can tailor your home buying experience to you. With this information, we can cut through the clutter and only show you homes that fit your criteria and price range. 

We bring you immediate access to hot new listings
We can also arrange private showings of just listed properties, providing you quick access to new listings without having to wait for a public open house. Oftentimes, a home is already sold within the first few days – time is of the essence.

We negotiate on your behalf
Once you have found your ideal home, a realtor will draft an offer and present it on your behalf to the sellers. We will also help you decide on a purchase price that is fair and based on local comparables and market data, as well as any necessary conditions to protect you and your purchase. The goal is to help you get the best deal, and possibly beat out other potential buyers in a multiple offer situation.

We are well-connected
As realtors, we have connections to other trusted industry professionals that we can recommend to our buyers, thus saving you valuable time and money. This includes mortgage brokers, home inspectors, contractors, real estate lawyer, movers and more. 

We are with you the entire way
From initial contract to closing, a realtor is with you for the entire journey, representing your best interests along the way. Best of all, it’s free – the cost of using a buyer’s agent is covered by the seller out of the sale of their home. This means that choosing to use an agent will not only make your home buying journey seamless, but that it won’t cut into your budget either.

Your Mississauga Real Estate Sales Representative
If you are thinking of buying a home in Mississauga or the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), I’d love to hear from you! I will help you through every step of the real estate process – from deciding whether or not to buy a house to submitting a winning offer on your next dream home.

To learn more about my home buying services, please feel free to connect with me.


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