The Importance of Working with a Professional Realtor®
by Bryce Hansen
on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 9:12am.
A new decade is upon us, and with it comes excitement and optimism. New opportunity, new goals and the potential for new investments. With all the new year brings, will 2020 be your year to purchase Comox Valley Real Estate?
If a property purchase is on your 2020 goal list, you’ll want to be prepared for all that the home buying adventure throws your way. Hiring professionals in the industry, weighing all the features of a home or neighbourhood and structuring a sound offer for purchase are key factors to navigate during the real estate transaction. With the world wide web at your fingertips, it may be appealing to start your 2020 home hunt alone, but there are many reasons to work with a professional Realtor® to ensure you obtain the property of your dreams, on budget and without any future surprises. Consider these 3 important factors when selecting your professional Realtor® to work with in 2020:
Working with a professional Realtor® comes with so many benefits, none more important than fiduciary duty. Fiduciary duty is the legal obligation of a Realtor® to provide you, the client, with the upmost privacy and confidentiality while acting in your best interest. In 2018, the Comox Valley (along with the rest of the province of British Columbia) entered a new era of real estate; the end of dual agency. In British Columbia, Realtors® can no longer represent both a seller and a buyer in a real estate transaction, a positive change that solidifies trust and brings a heightened guarantee that your best interest remains top priority. Not hiring a Realtor® puts you at unnecessary risk, while working with a seller unrepresented you’re increasing the chance of errors in your purchase contract or confusion in the overall process of the purchase itself.
One thing is for sure, when you’re submitting a real estate offer of purchase to a potential seller, you’ll need to have your i’s dotted and your t’s crossed. Having a Realtor® prepare your offer for purchase brings the benefit of having a professional who speaks the language and works in similar scenarios on the daily. Many real estate offers aren’t accepted “as is” and require a counter-offer process. Your Realtor® will work with you to navigate price agreements, the inclusion of important items on the property (appliances, specialty window coverings, lawn maintenance items, etc.) as well as a timely completion of the property title transfer. Maximize the success of your offer and long-term purchasing satisfaction by working with a Realtor® who’s experience will help you to avoid any potential costly and damaging mistakes.
Knowledge of the Area
Your property purchase needs are unique, from the style of a home to local amenities needed, you’ll want to tick all of the boxes on your buying list. A professional Realtor® can help you to narrow down areas and neighbourhoods that provide your must-haves such as schools, access to nature trails or proximity to the downtown core. Take Courtenay, BC as an example; the city boasts 2 museums, incredible cafes and many outdoor activities available at Mt Washington year-round. Which amenities top your 2020 wants list?
Working with a professional Realtor® brings with a wealth of knowledge and experience to your individual purchasing journey so why forego the skill of a professional during one of the most important investment acts of your life? Not all Realtors® conduct their business equally, so it’s important you trust and feel confident in the agent you choose. Don’t be afraid to interview your potential Realtor® over coffee or a phone interview to ensure your voice is heard and you’re a compatible match.