Many people only see a doctor when they're sick or have some other health
concern. On the other hand, some people visit a doctor regularly for checkups,
to ask questions and get advice, and to maintain good health.
Which do you think is the better approach? Obviously, the second one!
The same thing is true when it comes to real estate. Even if you have no
current plans to buy or sell a home, there are many reasons to talk to a
REALTOR® regularly in order to maintain your good "real estate" health.
For example, you can:
• Get an assessment of the current market value of your home, so you
can make an informed decision about whether to stay or move.
• Ask about the state of the local real estate market (which may be
vastly different than what you hear on the national news.)
• Find out what homes are currently selling for in the area.
• Learn what's currently available on the market, especially in
neighbourhoods you would like to live in and that are within your
• Ask for a contractor recommendation.
In fact, it's a good idea to have a chat with your REALTOR® once or twice a
year, even if it's just to say hello.
You want to build a relationship with a good REALTOR® who understands
(and cares about) you and your needs. That way, when it does come time
for you to make a move, you're dealing with a REALTOR® you already
know and trust.