Diane Walker

Diane Walker

Broker
CENTURY 21 Today Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
  • 905-651-4488
  • 888-787-2524
  • 905-646-4545
  • 905-646-2121
  • 905-646-2121
  • 905-646-4545
  • 282 Geneva Street
    St. Catharines, ON L2N 2E8
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Diane (VanKleef) Walker ~ "with you step by step"

Click for Homes for Sale in Niagara

It is our pleasure to have Diane Walker in the real estate profession as Broker with Century 21 Today Realty Ltd. ~ part of the world's largest real estate organization.

                              Highly Suited to Your Buying & Selling Needs

Diane is outgoing, energetic and hard-working... as well as a highly organized and a proficient multi-tasker.  Her solid communicaiton, interpersonal and negotiating skill work to your advantage.  Her endorsements describe her as being enthusiastic, thorough, going over and above what is expected, and especially adept with leadership, investment properties, and negotiations.

Her Entrepreneurial Spirit is the Sign of a Great Realtor

  • A resident of the Niagara Region since 1980, she became a renowed leader in the tourism industry.
  • Diane understands real estate, as she has bought, sold, rented and managed numerous properties for over 30 years.
  • As a Corporate Manager for 23 years and then an Accountant, she applies due care and awareness of the requirements and responsibilities of the biggest financial investment of your life.

She has tireless energy and is committed to success in every endeavor.

You'll Enjoy Her Zeal

Diane's infectious enthusiasm is shared with those involved in sports, everything from skating to rowing.  She's also an active participant and volunteer.

In Diane's words, "I'll work hard for you, listen well, provide timely responses to all your interests and work with you step by step.  I'm honest, committed, and will give you the attention, service, and results you expect from me, your friend."

She is one of the best in the business, both Silver and Ruby Awards Winner.  We not only recommend you call Diane, we encourage you.  Call Diane at 905-651-4488 or write diane.walker1@century21.ca for personal dedicated service for all your real estate needs.

 

HOW TO PICK A REAL ESTATE AGENT

What to look for in an agent depends on whether you are buying or selling.

When BUYING, you don't want an aggressive forceful person talking you into a home which may not be the best for you.  You do want an agent who is energetic yet patient, who is a good listener, someone who understands your lifestyle and takes your future into consideration. 

What is really helpful is an agent familiar with home construction and local by-laws.  They can usually tell that efflorescence is not mold and can explain the difference between having concrete poured basement versus a block foundation.  The agent should work in the territory, familiar with the good/bad areas to live and what can you do with the home.

You want an agent who is full time, dependable and dedicated... available to write the offer and not have to run off to another job.  Remember, there are agents who think this career could be part-time or as a retirement hobby.  They say they are experienced, but truthfully, they're old and tired and may not want to do the work required to find you your dream home or do the analysis for your investment property. 

When SELLING, the opposite type of person is better; usually an aggressive agent, with energy and marketing ideas.  Pick an agent with funds, who can afford buying the advertising required to sell your home.  Agents put out a lot of up-front money, time, and energy writing ads and creating promotional literature.  An experienced agent can usually afford to hire someone to put out signs, deliver flyers, and promotional literature.  But, agents don't get paid until after the home closes. 

Don't use an out-of-town agent to sell your home (or relatives!).  A seller's agent who is not from the area may list your home over the market price, the result is an expired listing and no sale.  Good potential buyers won't even look at overpriced homes.  So, fewer viewings = longer on the market.  Then buyers question why, what's wrong with it?  It's better to price it right, bringing in more buyers and maybe even competition with perhaps an even higher sale price.

Be ready to sell.  De-clutter inside and remember curb appeal... you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

When it comes to commission, you get what you pay for.  I've seen buyer's agents who won't show homes with discounted commissions and seller's agents who can't spend as much on your advertising because of the reduced commission.

How to pick a real estate agent varies with their job.  It's helpful to look for someone with connections such as lawyers, mortgage brokers, and maintenance providers.  Interview at least three agents looking for the personality you can work with.  And, ask lots of questions.  In general, the best traits to look for are... good at negotiations, have knowledge/competence and have lots of energy. 

 

Let me assist you in finding your dream home, in a neighbourhood that is right for you, and in the price range you want. Or if you are interested in selling a property, I also have the expertise to help you get the fastest sale possible and at the best price.

I'll work hard for you, listen well, provide timely responses to all your interests and work with you step by step.  I'm honest, committed, and will give you the attention, service, and results you expect from me, your friend.

As a CENTURY 21® Real Estate professional, I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge of the local Real Estate market is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - the most recognized name in Real Estate today.

I look forward to the opportunity of working for you!

LINKS, CALCULATORS & OTHER HELP

Address Info  Canada Post

Building Inspectors  Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors

Government (real estate related) sites  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Home Warranty Information  Tarion Warranty Corporation

Insurance news and information Insurance Bureau of Canada

Legal Information University of Toronto Law Library

Taxation Information Canada Revenue Agency

Translators Foreignword Translators

Underground storage tanks
http://www.ec.gc.ca/st-rs/default.asp?lang=En&n=EA46E5E0-1
http://www.tssa.org/home/default.asp?loc1=home

Water testing issues (rural properties)
http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/water/wtesting_e.htm

House Search - District School Board of Niagara

 http://mapnet.dsbn.edu.on.ca/

 District School Board of Niagara: General Site - District School Board of Niagara

  http://www.dsbn.edu.on.ca/

 District School Board of Niagara - School locator

  http://schoollocator.dsbn.org/default.aspx

 Catholic District School Board of Niagara - School locator

  http://transportation.ncdsb.com/mwpublic/default.aspx?load=addressinput

 French School: Niagara and outlying Regions - School locator

  http://www.csdccs.edu.on.ca/ecoles.php

 Niagara Region Property Calculator

  http://www.niagararegion.ca/government/budget-taxes/prop-tax-calculator.aspx

 ICX Website - Commercial MLS(r) Listings: Commercial version of REALTOR.ca

  http://www.icx.ca/ICXIndex.aspx

 Ontario Investment Service: Sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

  http://www.2ontario.com

 OREA Commercial Property Database: Ontario Real Estate Association`s Commercial Property Database.  This site is available for use only by OREA members.

  http://www.ici-properties.com/

 REALTOR.CA

  Replacing MLS.ca - all Canada wide listings appear on this site

  www.realtor.ca

 CREA Website

  http://www.crea.ca/

 OREA Website

  http://www.orea.com/index.cfm/ci_id/119/la_id/1.htm

 RECO - Real Estate Council of Ontario

  http://www.reco.on.ca/

 City of Niagara Falls

  http://www.city.niagarafalls.on.ca/

 City of St. Catharines

  http://www.stcatharines.ca

 City of Thorold

  http://www.thorold.com/

 City of Welland

  http://www.city.welland.on.ca/

 MLX Change MLS system

  http://idp.rhb.safemls.net/idp/Authn/UserPassword

 Niagara Region Website

  http://www.regional.niagara.on.ca/

 Niagara Region`s Official Tourism Website

  http://www.tourismniagara.com/

 Town of Fort Erie

  http://www.forterie.on.ca/

 Town of Lincoln

  http://www.lincoln.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp

 Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

  http://www.niagaraonthelake.com/

 Town of Pelham

  http://www.town.pelham.on.ca/

 Township of Wainfleet

  http://www.township.wainfleet.on.ca/pages/home/index.php

 Township of West Lincoln

  http://www.westlincoln.com/

 REALTORS CARE FOUNDATION

  http://www.realtorscareontario.ca/

 LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

  www.lincolnchamber.ca

 PORT COLBORNE - WAINFLEET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

  www.pcwchamber.com

  ST. CATHARINES-THOROLD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

  http://www.sctchamber.com

 Bell Mobility Text Messaging

  Allows you to send message to any Bell Mobility cell phone/pda set up for test messaging

  http://www.txt.bellmobility.ca/bmc/en/

 

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