What's the Easiest Way to
Real Estate Search?

Starting a
real estate search?
What's the Best Way to Find a Home?

To save you a lot of time, frustration and worries during a real estate search, it's best to have honest, reliable representation. Buying a home is really not that complicated, provided you have good, knowledgeable guidance along the way.

However, if your preference is to go it alone for awhile, there are countless real estate websites that advertise property for sale, including both organized real estate (MLS® Canada and MLS® America) and private home sellers. You can also scan the newspapers and visit open houses, but obviously, these methods are extremely time consuming.

How do you choose a REALTOR®?

An experienced real estate agent - one who sincerely puts your interest ahead of their own - can help you through the possible challenges and technical issues involved in the process of a realty search and buying a home.

You can go the uninformed traditional route of surfing countless out-of-date websites, scouring local newspapers and magazines, trudging through endless open houses, listening to as many pitches from all the attending agents, and spending evenings and weekends driving neighbourhoods in search of lawn signs, looking for that elusive and affordable home that meets your needs. Or you could allow an agent to save you time and effort.

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Time is our most precious commodity. Let your agent invest their time to save yours. Your real estate agent will first advise you to get all your ducks in a row before even beginning the search process.

During the initial real estate search consultation, they'll ask numerous questions regarding your wants and needs. They'll want to 'know' what you want so they can immediately identify a possible new home for you when they spot it.

After you've determined a target price range, begin to establish your preferred location. I'm sure you've heard the old cliche regarding the three most important aspects of buying realty ...

Location, Location and Location

You can renovate anything or even demolish it, but you can't change the location, unless of course, you're a magician or a wizard like Harry Potter.

Next comes basic style and features. How many bedrooms? Bathrooms? Do you need a garage or is that a luxury you can live without? What features would you like to see? Of course, with every feature suggested by your agent, you'll have a tendency to say yes - that would be great!. Thus, it's a good idea to categorize and differentiate the list by ...

Needs and Wants

Working with an agent could transform an arduous and  potentially frustrating process into an experience you'll remember favourably for the rest of your life. With good guidance, it should be quite enjoyable, memorable and the easiest and most effective method for a real estate search.

And here's a bonus! In most cases, buyer services will cost you zip - nothing.

How do you choose a REALTOR®? Ask friends, family, business associates or neighbours if they've been satisfied with any particular real estate sales person. Were they happy with their service? No luck there? Call a few real estate companies in your neighbourhood and make appointments to interview a few sales agents and continue this process until you find one you feel you could trust. All real estate sales people offer the same basic services, and some have more experience than others. Therefore, I suggest it'll all come down to comfort and trust. Who do you feel comfortable with?

Or you could contact me. I may be able to recommend a qualified sales representative in your neck of the woods.

To begin your real estate search for a home, click one of the links below. It's a good place to start. Nevertheless, the absolute best idea is to hire a REALTOR® as soon as possible.

For Canadian real estate, visit Realtor.ca, and for a real estate search in the United States, visit Realtor.com. Whichever way you decide, choose your guide wisely.

If you're considering buying a home, with or without the assistance of an agent, check out my book The Happy Agent. It contains the sum total of the real estate knowledge, philosophies and techniques that I've accumulated, practiced and polished during a highly successful 40-year realty career.Learn how to search and negotiate like a pro, and how to work efficiently with an agent.

If selling, learn how to effectively evaluate your home and prepare it for market to maximize the ultimate sale price, how to market and advertise effectively, how to handle showings and open houses like a pro, how to successfully negotiate an offer and more. If you're trying to sell privately, you'll also learn how to recognize the signs of when it's time to throw in the towel and hire a professional and what to expect from them.

When you consider the huge possible savings in real estate commission with a private sale attempt and the fact that you're dealing with your largest single financial asset, a small investment of your time and a pittance of your money could save you thousands of dollars and a ton of heartache. At the very least, you'll be encouraged to try it alone, at least for awhile. Remember - knowledge is power.

Available virtually everywhere print and e-books are sold.

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