Whether you’re buying or selling a home, using a local REALTOR® comes with huge upsides, some of them less obvious than others.

A local REALTOR® will provide you with all the guidance and insights you need to secure your dream home - with as little stress as possible.

Here are the top 5 benefits of using a local REALTOR®:

#1 - Intimate Local Knowledge

The most obvious reason to go with a local REALTOR® is that they will know all the key details about the area you plan to buy or sell in.

All their information comes first-hand, meaning they will have the most accurate and reliable information about a neighborhood’s schools, amenities and other characteristics. Crucially, they will also be familiar with market prices, real estate trends and zoning or municipal bylaw issues specific to your area.

#2 - More Availability, Less Stress

Using a local REALTOR® makes everything so much easier and efficient.

If you’re buying a home, a local REALTOR® can physically meet you to show you homes and can schedule showings for you. They can attend the home inspection, the walk-through, and the closing to ensure there are no nasty surprises.

If you are selling your home, a local REALTOR® can stage your home according to the latest market and industry trends, and host open houses and viewings.

A local REALTOR® will be there in person to break down legal requirements, the terms of a contract, closing costs and other necessary paperwork - all this will make your life much easier.

#3 - Local Connections

Dealing with a local REALTOR® means you get access to their local network, which can be hugely advantageous.

When selling, they can really help you by tapping into their network of buyers who are actively looking for listings in their neighbourhood.

For sellers, a local REALTOR® may know of up-and-coming listings before they officially hit the market, giving you a head start at landing your dream home.

They can also refer you to local businesses - whether you need help from a lawyer, a plumber, a painter or a lender. Their referrals come with confidence, as they’ve likely had first-hand experience with these businesses before.

#4 - Negotiation Skills

When buying a home, there’s no doubt that negotiations can be stressful.

A local REALTOR® will, naturally, have good negotiation skills. They may also have significant experience negotiating with certain sellers or developers in the area you’re hoping to buy in. They will know what works and what doesn’t.

It’s their job to get you the best possible deal when it comes to offers and conditions - and they will!

#5 - Knowledge of Customs and Laws

Chances are if you’re buying out of town, or out of province, that the laws will vary from place to place. Using a local REALTOR® ensures you choose a professional who knows these laws best. This will help ensure everything in your contract is legitimate.

Different places will also have different customs and expectations. Your local REALTOR® will know them best - such as how much a normal first offer is, what conditions usually are included in contracts, and how negotiations are usually carried out. 

Local REALTORS®- Columbia Valley

If you’ve got your eyes set on Columbia Valley - come to us for expert agent guidance.

We ensure that home buyers and sellers get the best deals possible on their dream homes!

If you're thinking about buying a home, contact Century 21 Rockies Realty for specialist service and advice today! 

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