The Importance of a Buyer's Agent

In Canada, the REALTOR®'s commissions are paid by the seller. These commissions come directly from the proceeds of the sale of the seller's home. However, in fact it is the buyer who has paid these proceeds to the seller, and the seller just redirects these funds to the REALTOR®s. If the seller does not receive the net selling price he desires, often the sale does not occur. So it can be argued who is paying the commissions, the buyer or the seller? Therefore, it is absolutely essential that as a buyer, you choose an agent who has the experience, knowledge and time to negotiate on your behalf. Thousands of dollars are at stake. Brent is that REALTOR®!

You've picked a great time to consider a home move. Despite steady appreciation of home prices, relatively low interest rates have kept the costs of home ownership at near historic lows. You can enjoy peace of mind working with Brent, the industry leader in experience and service.

Here are some tips to help you with the process of becoming your own landlord:

Pre qualify for a mortgage
Being pre qualified for a mortgage determines how much house you can afford. It also allows you to move more swiftly when you find the right house, especially when you aren't the only interested buyer.

Shop for mortgage rates and terms
A difference of even half a percentage point can make a huge difference in how much you pay over the life of a loan. For example, the difference in the monthly payment on a $100,000 mortgage at 8 percent vs. 7.5 percent is about $35 per month. Over 25 years, that's $10,500.

Using a Buyer's Agent
A buyer agent is legally responsible for representing the buyer's interest in a real estate transaction. Generally, the buyer agent is compensated by the seller at the time you purchase a new home. There Are some limitations To using a buyer agent, however. Before you decide, have Brent explain the advantages and disadvantages of using a buyer agent.

Features that help or hurt resale value
In some areas, a swimming pool actually detracts from a home's value and makes the home harder to sell. In neighborhoods with two-car, attached garages, a single-car or detached garage may impact the home sale and future value. Brent can point out features that hurt, as well as those which help, resale value.

Rate the houses you tour
After touring each home, write down what you liked and didn't like. Develop a rating system which will help you narrow the field down to the house that's the best for you.