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Buying and selling a home is a big deal. You need a realtor that you can trust to help you make your homeownership decisions.


Planning on moving? You've come to the right place!
June 14, 2016

Whether you're planning on selling your home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan or moving to our sunny city, as an experienced realtor, I can help!

Find out how to prepare your home for open houses, viewings and a flood of offers! Price your home appropriately to ensure the right balance between the best price and the best sale date.

Buyers moving to our lovely city - Welcome! Yorkton is a growing place with lots to offer, including some beautiful homes, condos and lots for building. Peruse the listings, but don't forget - as a realtor, I have access to homes not yet on MLS, on real sale price data and comparables so you can rest assured that you're making a smart investment.

I'm ready to work for you! Give me a call.

Top 5 Reasons To Use a Realtor
June 13, 2016

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     It seems like everyone is using the internet these days. Need a new pair of unique shoes? Shop online! Want to find a great deal on your winter vacation packages? Shop online! Looking for a new pet, used car, or movie tickets? You guessed it - people are doing it ALL online. But when it comes to buying or selling your home, are you really prepared to leave one of the biggest decisions of your life in the hands of the internet?
    Don't get me wrong, the internet is an incredible resource, but does it really replace the use of a qualified and experienced agent? Here are 5 reasons why a realtor is your best friend when selling or purchasing a home.

#1. Education and Experience!
For the seller : Agents have the tools, experience, and the “know how” to help you sell your property quickly and efficiently, with as little aggravation to YOU as possible! They are well versed in all the legal jargon, and can save you time, money, and minimize the many possible legal ramifications of private sales. They work under a strict code of ethics to ensure that you are protected and your property is fairly represented.

For the buyer : Purhcasing a home is a HUGE commitment! It takes experience and skill to know the difference between something that's a "great deal" vs something that's really "too good to be true", or the difference between a "fixer upper" and a "dump". A realtor has access to properties (and details about those properties, including it's history) that may not be listed online, and will take the time to really get to know your individual needs to help you find the property that will fit just right for your family. An agent will have extensive knowledge about the neighborhoods, schools, and surrounding community which can help you make an educated and informed decision when purchasing your home, and as always : your agents has YOUR best interest at heart.

#2. Provide Support Before, During, and After the Sale :
   Selling your home can be stressful. An agent can provide you with all the information, tools, and resources you need to be successful. They’ll handle all the negotiations, transactions, and will be there to answer your questions and provide you with support along the way. Your realtor will invest a personal interest in you and your family so they can learn how to serve you better.
    HealthStatus.Com rated "moving" as being the third most stressful life event in a person's life, stating that :

"...It may be a happy occasion, but it is still a disruption of your routine. And any disruption of your routine causes stress."

    Working with a qualified and dedicated realtor can minimize the amount of stress of your move by taking care of all the complicated details and providing educational, emotional, and organizational support. Essentially, a realtor can provide you with peace of mind, and a lot more free time!

#3. Professional Networking :
    Real estate agents network with other professionals, including other agents and other professionals who can provide services you may need to help you sell your home faster and for a higher price. They can make renovation suggestions that increase the value of your home, and provide you with references for reputable companies to help you get the work done in a timely and cost effective manner. They have access to resources not accessible to the public that can help get your property the attention it deserves!

#4. Professional Buffers and Negotiators:
For the seller : Your agent is trained and experienced in the art of negotiation, and is fully prepared to deal with any “lowball” offers to ensure that your property sells for what it’s worth. According to a recent online survey, a home listed with a realtor can sell for up to 25% more than it’s for sale by owner counterparts! That number far exceeds the small commission you would pay for that higher price, still leaving you with more money in your pocket.

For the buyer : A realtor can help you cut through the number of overpriced places on the market, and help you get the best deal possible. Your agent will work on your behalf to help you obtain the right home without breaking the budget.

# 5 Paperwork :
    In the 1970’s, it was common for a real estate transaction to consist of little more than a single page deposit form. But with today's complex legalities, purchase agreements can run 10 pages or more, not including federal and provincially mandated disclosures. Many real estate files can average a thicknesses from one to three inches of paper! One little mistake or missed disclosure could cost you thousands of dollars, or even find yourself in court.Your agent is trained and prepared to handle all of that for you so you can rest easy! What’s your peace of mind worth?
     At the end of the day, the statistic still remains that an estimated 89% of home buyers still choose to purchase their home through a qualified real estate agent. Whether you're looking to buy or sell, remember - your realtor is your best friend.


Statistics and resources taken from :

Yorkton Real Estate