Find a Realtor You Can Trust
You do not have to be in the market to buy or sell real estate before you begin a relationship with a Realtor. In fact, it is far more advantageous to get to know a Realtor well in advance of your anticipated transaction so they can get to know your needs and wants and most importantly, earn your trust. In a fast-moving market such as Calgary, decisions often have to be made fast. If you have already known each other for some time and built a relationship based on mutual understanding and respect, you will be well-positioned to face challenges, overcome obstacles and achieve your real estate goals.
It takes time to get to the point where you are financially prepared to become a homeowner. You also need to be mature and committed to take on the responsibilities of home ownership. If you are not there yet, do not worry. You will get there soon enough. In the meantime, an experienced Realtor can refer you to reliable mortgage loan professionals and offer tips for accumulating down payment money. While you are saving, you and your Realtor should get to know one another. You might even wish to check out new neighbourhoods and don’t be surprised if you end up changing your mind as to where you want to live.
Nowadays, everyone scans the local multiple listing services and watches HGTV shows that make buying and selling real estate look like a walk in the park where everyone emerges a winner. In reality, that is simply not the case. Resist the temptation to turn your largest investment into a DIY project. In order to ensure that you get the best deal possible in synch with the market and don’t get ripped off in a crazy bidding war, you will need the services of a real estate pro who is trustworthy and can assume the role of lead player on your real estate team – someone who understands the market and local rules ®ulations, is well-connected, and will make the fulfilment of your hopes and dreams a top priority. She will keep you educated, informed, up-to-date on market trends and cognizant of red flags that are often invisible to untrained eyes driven more by emotion than common sense and reason.
It takes time to earn trust. So, instead of waiting until it may already be too late, meet with a few Realtors now and start a discussion focused on the best plan for achieving your goals. Ask questions, check references, and then give the relationship time to grow. Place your trust in the hands of the Realtor who listens to you, demonstrates the ability to coordinate and lead a team and understands how to get the job done. This way, when the timing is right and a good opportunity comes your way, you will be ready to make your move.
Are you buying or selling a home in Calgary? Do you want an agent who has the enthusiasm and energy to get things done, with your best interests in mind at all times? Contact me at 403-617-8758, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kellymacdonald.ca and let's make good things happen!