Call 403-465-0210 ReMax Login or Sign Up

Why You Should Work With a Professional Realtor

Sun, 18 Jan by Bryon Howard

Smiling male real estate agent using mobile phone by couple in n

Real estate buying and selling might appear to be something anyone can do, but in reality, it is rarely a simple process. Sellers who decide to go at it without the guidance of a professional Realtor will face a gauntlet of challenges on the road to closing. The allure of an “FSBO” transaction (For Sale by Owner) is the temptation to eliminate the real estate commission from the list of a seller’s costs. Ironically, many sellers end up struggling to close the deal on their own and failing to save much money in the end.

Enlisting the guidance of a trained professional when buying and selling real estate affords novice and seasoned investors alike several key advantages.

1. Realtors are Trained Professionals

Realtors are licensed professionals, required to complete in-depth educational programs and pass rigorous exams. Moreover, they are required to complete hours of continuing education on a regular basis. A large focus of the formal education has to do with professional ethics and laws of the agency. Much of the work involved in pushing a transaction to closing involves interaction with the other agents and professionals (lawyers, surveyors, bankers, escrow agents, etc.) involved. Successful real estate agents rely heavily on their network of industry relationships and connections built over the years. Hiring a Realtor to represent your interest as a buyer or seller gives you access to that same network.

2. Realtors have Access to the MLS System

Sellers and buyers who represent themselves do not have access to all information in the local Multiple Listing System (MLS). The data contained in the local MLS is invaluable to finding the right property and pinpointing current value based on market trends and comparable sales. The MLS is a seller’s best friend and you need to work with a Realtor to access its best features.

3. Realtors Have Invaluable Industry Knowledge

There are many laws, rules and regulations governing the transfer of real estate property. There are often complex title concerns and environmental issues that arise in the course of a sale. Knowledge on these things is needed to sort through the concerns and come up with solutions. Experienced Realtors have seen the same or similar problems before. Why not avail yourself of the knowledge that comes with the experience?

4. Other Buyers and Sellers in the Market Will Be Working With a Realtor

Think it through. As a seller, do you really want to field offers and negotiate contracts on your own when the vast majority of potential buyers will have professional representation? You will be at a distinct disadvantage in negotiations. Remember that the best way to obtain full asking price for your property is to have a quick sale. The longer a property sits on the market, the less likely it becomes that you will get your full price. When you list a property with a Realtor, all members of the local MLS will know about it in an instant. You will never be able to achieve that kind of impact through home marketing efforts. In addition, once a buyer sees an FSBO seller, the first thing they try to do is knock down the price to reflect the fact that the FSBO seller is not paying a commission. So how much is really saved, if anything?

Attorneys are always advised to never represent themselves in a dispute, as they will inevitably do a bad job. It is nearly impossible to be effective when you have an emotional stake. The same holds true for real estate transactions. Home buying and selling is an emotional process. Resist the urge to represent yourself. Instead, communicate your goals and concerns to an experienced professional Realtor and leave it to them to get the job done.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at  403-287-3880 or at  www.GreetingsCalgary.com . 

About Shirley Wright

Like everyone, I have been involved in real estate my entire life! Like you, I grew up in a home! My husband and I purchased our first home in 1998, and since 2001 I have been assisting my husband, Bryon Howard, in our real estate investments and his work as a Top Producing Sales Professional.
I assist sellers and buyers meet their goals, efficiently and have fun doing it.
To serve you better, I network daily with top producing REALTORS in various markets across North America, keeping abreast of the many and varied trends and cycles of real estate.
I look forward to serving you to help you find what you want in our exciting city. Please take some time searching my website www.GreetingsCalgary.com. Many of my clients have advised that the search engine incorporated here is very user friendly.

Moving Forward and Being Your Best

Sun, 04 Jan by Bryon Howard

Moving Forward and Being Your Best

Regardless of your profession, personal growth and a desire to continuously improve are the foundations of long-term success. “Good enough” just won’t cut it when you are fuelled by goals and aspirations. The real estate industry is a fiercely competitive business, so our clients and competitors always keep us on our toes. After all, no job is worth doing unless you are doing your best.

 

We draw plenty of inspiration from our peers in the business. We recognize the success of others and take note of the things they have done that made a difference. Real estate is very much a business built on relationships. Our relationships with our clients, peers, and other professionals help us build our experience and continue to deliver the kind of exceptional service that our network has come to expect.

 

Success also goes beyond your professional development. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating well, and making sure your health is a priority is essential to keep you going at your full potential. In our busy lives, it is important to make time for family and friends. Especially as the holiday season approaches, we become more aware of the significance of our role in others’ lives and their importance in our own.

 

Having a creative outlet can also serve as a wonderful stress reliever and break from the motions of your typical work day. In my case, I immerse myself in music. I play the cello and I always look forward to rehearsing and performing with my ensembles on a regular basis. Music is so uplifting, and speaks to the spirit.

 

Many highly successful professionals credit their motivation to reading. Unwinding with a great book after a busy day or taking some time to read an inspiring message while you enjoy your morning coffee might be all you need to keep your mind focused. Success might mean something different to everyone, but nothing beats the satisfying feeling of accomplishment. What drives you to do better? What keeps you focused on your goals and pushes you to be your best self?

 

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

 

About Shirley Wright

Like everyone, I have been involved in real estate my entire life! Like you, I grew up in a home! My husband and I purchased our first home in 1998, and since 2001 I have been assisting my husband, Bryon Howard, in our real estate investments and his work as a Top Producing Sales Professional. I assist sellers and buyers meet their goals, efficiently and have fun doing it.

To serve you better, I network daily with top producing REALTORS in various markets across North America, keeping abreast of the many and varied trends and cycles of real estate.

I look forward to serving you to help you find what you want in our exciting city. Please take some time searching my website http://www.GreetingsCalgary.com. Many of my clients have advised that the search engine incorporated here is very user friendly.

The data included on this website is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed to be accurate by the Calgary Real Estate Board. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.