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Technically, no. But, I have yet to see an opportunity that couldn't have been made better by using a buyer's representative. Terms, conditions and price.


Often, first-time buyers don't know differently and embark on their home hunt by looking at random homes by calling every agent that has a listing on a particular street. And they call all the private sellers too. This would be like them contacting the coach of the opposing football team for advice -- you wouldn't do that would you?


A better use of their time is to find an agent that they get to know and trust and then use them to set up convenient appointments all at one time. That single agent can also compare and contrast the homes (which had they called all the listings agents, they would likely skew all the comments in favour of their own listing or more likely omitted the ones that weren't favourable. Obviously, if they called seller then they couldn't get any factual information on the other homes available).


Occasionally repeat...

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Congratulations! You've made the decision to sell your home – now what will it cost to get the job done?

 

Like selling anything of value, there are some costs involved. With the sale of a home, these costs can be significant. In the Calgary area, the costs shouldn't amount to any more than about 5% of the sale price.

 

There are many costs that could be included in this calculation, but for convenience I'm not including the costs of painting your home, deep-cleaning the carpets, recalking the bathrooms, cleaning the windows, putting excess furniture and belongings into short-term storage, extra garbage pickups, any added insurance premiums, or any repairs necessary to bring the home up to "show home condition." These are amounts that are required for every home but can vary greatly.

 

The costs that I am going to include are hard transaction costs.

 

Usually the highest expense of the transaction is paying off the current mortgage loan. Sometimes the loan can be...

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Thinking or buying or selling a home in the Calgary area? Whether this is your first time or your tenth, I am here to help. But until we have an actual agreement in writing that defines our relationship, I can't help you with a specific real estate transaction.

 

I completely understand the relationship between home buyers or home sellers and their real estate agents has to be based on trust, mutual goals and understanding – that's why I always keep my clients' interests first and foremost. The real estate process requires negotiation of sometimes very complex issues: once we mutually commit to working with each other, I am always committed to working in my clients' best interests.


As a licensed real estate professional helping buyer clients, I'm obligated to help you secure the very best price possible, with the most favourable terms for you, in the timing that you define. In helping seller clients, I'm obilgated to market your home to the best of my abilities...

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For Sale By Owner: Why It’s Best to Hire A Real Estate Broker

We've all seen the signs around town: “For Sale By Owner” or “No Commissions Seller” or somehow “Commission Free”. You’ve probably even seen them in your own neighbourhood. If you’re thinking about selling your own Calgary home in the near future, you might be tempted into thinking that that’s a great way to save money on your real estate transaction — but, is it really?

 

Keeping some, or all, of the real estate broker’s commission in your own pocket is quite tempting, but not all home sellers are up to the challenges of selling their own home. There are numerous items to consider: pricing the home for today’s market, understanding legally required disclosures, providing accurate comparable home measurements, constant marketing and advertising, being available for showing the home, and the myriad of legal paperwork that’s involved. Even if...

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