Can you only show me properties that are listed by you?

NO! As a licensed REALTOR® I can show you ALL properties listed by anybody, including for sale by owner’s.

How much does it cost for me to buy a house through you?

One of the advantages of being the buyer is that all real estate fees are paid by the seller! This means that you can get expert advice, have every document done legally, see numerous properties and not personally have to pay the fees. The only exception to this is if you choose to buy a "for sale by owner". If that’s the case I would go to the seller and try to negotiate fees, if they are unwilling then the buyer is responsible.

How much does it cost to sell my house using you?

The flipside of the previous question is that yes the seller pays both sides of the real estate fees which can vary from REALTOR® to REALTOR® but a common amount is 6% on the first $100,00 and 3% on everything over that. I know it can seem like unnecessary fees but there are numerous advantages to having a REALTOR®. The list ranges from all the showings are booked by them and done by a licensed professional to there being someone to walk you through the whole process (including the paperwork) to you having someone with negotiation experience looking out for your best interest.

How do I choose a REALTOR®, there’s so many?

As much as I would love to tell you to just contact me and I’ll represent you, that’s not always the best option for you. My best advice would be to talk to a few trusted friends (I would not recommend asking on any of those Facebook groups as every single REALTOR® in the area will get listed), however close friends or neighbours can give you a few great suggestions. From there call those few. You can tell quite a bit about the person and whether you’ll mesh well by a phone conversation. If you prefer to meet face to face ask for a meeting. From there choose the one that you feel you connected best with or you think makes the most logical sense. Fingers crossed it’s me haha

What if I don’t like the way things are going with my REALTOR® but I signed a buyer brokerage agreement?

This all depends on the REALTOR®. Firstly I would recommend talking to them and explain your concerns. Honest feedback is always appreciated and maybe the problem can be fixed by stating your concerns/expectations. If it isn’t something resolvable through a conversation you can send an email stating that you wish to terminate the agreement. Most will be disappointed but let you out however some will not accept the termination and unfortunately you are stuck for the remainder of the time stated within the contract.  When signing the contract be aware of the dates and make sure there is an end date so if they will not release you there is a completion date.

Why does it matter, doesn’t every REALTOR® do the same thing?

Yes and no. A licensed REALTOR® is the same in that the fees are similar (unless it’s a discount brokerage) and they are paid to help you either buy or sell a house. From there the similarities stop. Some agents only do real estate part time while others are always on call. Some have their residential real estate license while others have the commercial and rural license also. Every REALTOR® has different experience and experiences. I have been in real estate for 6 years and was lucky enough to have some AMAZING mentors who passed on so much wisdom about the industry while others have had no training. I have been involved in the building industry for 20 years, which has helped numerous times while others have been farmers which give them expertise in that field (no pun intended). Every REALTOR® has something slightly different that they bring to the table it’s all about what you’re looking for.

I hope this was able to clear up some questions and if you have any more don’t hesitate to ask!  

Helen Harder

Helen Harder

Associate Broker
CENTURY 21 Grande Prairie Realty Inc.
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