July 28, 2012
Searching for Houses for Sale in Calgary: How to Shop Around
Shopping for a new home is something that is very personal for most people. They want to be able to look at homes without feeling the pressure and scrutiny that often comes with working with a seller or even some real estate agents. You don’t want to have a home sold to you, you just want to view it for yourself. If you want to look around for homes for sale in Calgary and you want to do so as privately as possible in the beginning you might want to look at the MLS listings Calgary residents have access to.
The MLS listings will allow you to see actual information and even pictures of the homes that are for sale at any given time. Through this process you can narrow the scope of your search and also narrow down which homes you would actually like to see in person. This saves time, allows you to only travel to and from those houses that you know you really may be interested in, and it will also allow you to see how much house you can afford in the current market. MLS listings can help you start your search and when you are ready to visit homes, only then do you need to worry about working with a realtor.
July 28, 2012
Real Estate Agents Calgary: What They Can Do For You
If you are searching for a new home you probably know that here are a lot of different properties available to you at any time. You can go on the hunt for a new property on your own, or you can get together with one of the real estate agents Calgary residents have been depending on for years.
Calgary real estate agents can help you in many different ways. First, they can help reduce the number of listings for you to consider just by asking you questions about the number of bedrooms, square footage, etc. When they know what you want they can help you focus on the homes that will really suit your needs. You can look at their MLS listings and from there you can whittle down the list of potential new homes even more. From there, the realtor can take you to the properties and help you weigh the pros and cons of each. Not to mention, when you decide to buy they will be able to walk you through the whole process so that it is as simple and as straight forward as is possible from the beginning of your search until the keys to your new home are in your hand.
July 28, 2012
Searching for Real Estate in Calgary
If you will be relocating to Calgary or you just need a home that better suits your needs, you may be overwhelmed by all of options on the market. At any given time you will find that there are many homes on the market that could potentially fit your needs. So where do you start? How do you know where to look or which homes you should consider first?
This is where a Calgary real estate agent that knows the market and is open to hearing what you want, what you need and how much you can afford will help you. A good real estate agent really will help you break down the homes that are on the market so that you can see what homes may really fit your needs the best. You’ll also find that a real estate agent can help you reduce the overwhelming feelings that you have when you realize just how many houses are on the market for you to choose from. Having a professional by your side can make the house hunting process a lot more enjoyable and make it easier to find the right home for you.
July 5, 2012
Why Saying No to An Agent is A Good Thing
No one wants to really say no if they can help it, but there are more than enough times where the opportunity presents itself. It’s a good thing to say no when you need to, and when it comes to real estate agents, you should be more receptive to saying no than anything else. After all, if you’re buying or selling a home, it’s money coming out of your pocket - not theirs. And we’re talking about virtually any part of the process, but mostly when it comes to selecting one for your home.
Not every real estate agent will perform in the way that you’d expect them to, and since you will only use one of them, you’ll want the best one. Agents and brokers are generally great at selling themselves and the solutions that they can provide for your home. Many of them can, but they may do it at a price that you can’t afford to pay, and some may just rub you the wrong way. These are the people that you don’t want to deal with, and if you don’t, politely decline and move to the next potentially promising agent.
July 5, 2012
Why You Need a Tech Savvy Agent
Technology is all around us these days, and when it comes to agents that you could hire, it’s absolutely crucial that they understand how to use it. Social media is a really good example; everyone’s on it, and this includes potential buyers and sellers. Real estate agents need to connect to people who may be interested, and even though people may not use Facebook as a vehicle to buy or sell a home, it has happened many times before.
We’re not saying that they should spend countless hours on a social media site trying to get offers, but it should be a part of their marketing strategy. There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who have social media profiles, and virtually all of them live in homes. Most of them will buy and sell a home at some point in their lives, so why not use it as a medium to get in touch with them?
And this is just social media - not the breadth and depth of the internet entirely. There are many different avenues in which a person can buy or sell a home on the internet, as there are as many listing sites as there are homes in some of the more populated areas in the world. The real estate agent should not only be aware of many leading sites, but they should also be listing on them.
July 5, 2012
Characteristics of a Good Real Estate Agent
We all hope that the agents that we hire are good, but the law of averages would dictate that many as advertised. Essentially, there are about three or four different characteristics that separate the good ones from the bad. Understanding these things can be the difference between your home being sold for the right price or even selling it at all.
Negotiations. The good agent must be, nearly, a master-negotiator. They’re in the business of trading the property of items that are well over the $100K mark. You simply wouldn’t want to put your most-prized possession in the hands of a person who can’t get the job done in the best way.
Customer service. Politeness is the key, and goes hand in hand with the first point. They need to make you and potential buyers or sellers feel relaxed and comfortable enough to get a deal done with them. If they’re rude or not personable, they’re not a good agent.
Access to materials and resources. An agent’s resources and materials are as important as a builder’s hammer and nails. They need to be dependable, able, and efficient. If not, they won’t be able to get the price that you want, and at the very least - they’ll probably be somewhat misinformed.