Meet a REALTOR
A REALTOR can review your wants and needs to help you determine your price range, as well as answer questions about the markets you’re interested in and help you compare homes and neighbourhoods. Your REALTOR® can also provide access to exclusive listing information, preview properties to ensure you’re only shown homes that meet your needs and budget and make appointments and walk you through homes that interest you.
There are lots of ways to find a Realtor:
- As you drive through prospective neighbourhoods, jot down the names and numbers of REALTORS on For Sale signs.
- Open houses are also a great way to meet face-to-face.
- Maybe your friends and family members have worked with a REALTOR they love. Ask them to pass your name and contact information along.
- Many REALTORS are active on social media and can be reached out to directly through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
- If you are browsing properties on REALTOR.ca, you can also contact a REALTOR directly through the website or a specific listing.
No matter which REALTOR® you select, he or she will advise you of reporting requirements by FINTRAC, the federal agency responsible for administering Canada’s money laundering and terrorist financing legislation and regulations. Your REALTOR is required by federal law to complete a client identification form and must ask you as a client (buyer) for verified ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
See What’s Out There
Now’s the time to pound the pavement and see what’s available. This step can be either incredibly fun or incredibly exhausting. But with a REALTOR by your side, you’ll be able to land on your dream home much more effectively.
1. Visit open houses.
Open houses are a great way to see inside the homes that interest you. If a REALTOR is hosting the open house, he or she probably knows the local market inside and out, and will be happy to answer your questions – don’t be afraid to ask!
2. Check out real estate ads in local papers.
Your REALTOR can introduce you to neighbourhoods you’re already – or should be – considering based on your wants and needs. Make note of surrounding schools, shopping and recreational areas. Keep an eye out for not-so-great features like large industrial areas, railway tracks and airports. Visit during the day and at night.