Selling & choosing a REALTOR

Just as purchasing our home will likely be the largest purchase we will ever make - selling our home will likely be one of the largest sales we make. And so - a very important process indeed!

For me, the most important part of my work as a Listing agent is giving my clients confidence & peace of mind throughout the process. I enjoy the process & I believe my past clients have enjoyed it too.

I want the people that I work with to be assured that I will represent them professionally, thoughtfully, in a timely fashion, in a considerate fashion and in a knowledgable fashion.

I have chosen an article by the Ontario Real Estate Association that outlines some points to consider when choosing a Realtor. I hope you find them helpful.

Any other thoughts, questions you might have - I would be delighted to have the opportunity to discuss.

Kind regards,


Choosing a REALTOR®

As a seller, your relationship with a REALTOR® is vital – so meet with several before making a final decision. A good place to start is right in your neighbourhood. Check “FOR SALE” signs to see which REALTORS® are doing business in your area. Ask them about their track record, their knowledge of neighbourhood selling prices and other reasons why you should list with them. Choose a REALTOR® you feel comfortable with: one who will handle the sale of your home as if it were his or her own.

What to Expect

Your REALTOR® will help you understand the selling process. He or she will provide you with a full explanation of what to expect so you are not faced with any surprises along the way.

Getting to Know You

One of the first things your REALTOR® will ask is “Why are you selling your house?” Your REALTOR® will also explore your future plans, financial situation and any time constraints you may have. It’s all part of getting to know you so the sale will be handled to your complete satisfaction.

Setting the Price

Arriving at an accurate estimate of value for your home is one of the prime tasks of your REALTOR®. It involves analyzing your home and comparing it to other similar houses for sale or recently sold in your neighbourhood. It may also include a broader market survey, using sales statistics available only to REALTORS®. In the end, you will be sure the price you set reflects the true value of your home under current market conditions.

The Marketing Plan

Depending on your circumstances and the prevailing market, your REALTOR® will develop a plan to help sell your home quickly and effectively. This plan may include:

  • A listing on the MLS® (Multiple Listing Service®) to maximize your home’s market exposure. MLS® is a valuable sales tool that REALTORS® use to make the details of your property available to a whole network of local real estate professionals looking to match your home with a buyer.
  • Promotion on, a public portal which averages more than 4 million unique visitors monthly.
  • Open houses for other REALTORS® and the public.
  • Advertising in newspapers, specialty publications and other media.
  • Home preparation – your REALTOR® will help you with advice to enhance your home’s “saleability.”

Pre-qualifying Potential Buyers

Your REALTOR® knows how to separate the “lookers” from the “buyers,” identifying those who are likely to be interested in your home and qualified to buy it. This will ensure only serious buyers visit your house.

Your Negotiator

Your REALTOR® has the knowledge and experience to negotiate an agreement on your behalf according to your instructions. He or she will assist in negotiating a better offer, act as mediator between you and the buyer, and will participate in drawing up a legally binding contract that protects your interests

Professional Service

You hire a REALTOR® to sell your home by signing a “Listing Agreement.” This is a legal contract that gives your REALTOR® the right to act as your exclusive agent in the sale of your house for a specified period. The listing agreement spells out what your REALTOR® will do on your behalf and he or she will take the time to explain it to you. The agreement will also specify the amount of professional fees to be paid to your REALTOR® from the sale of your home. Usually, fees are set as a percentage of the selling price of your home. The agreement will also spell out the formal agency relationship between the real estate company and you. Under the relationship, your REALTOR® is responsible for looking after your best interests, including full disclosure of any information that may influence your decisions and maintaining confidentiality.

Elizabeth Parker

Thank you for visiting my web site! It is of the utmost importance for me that my clients are well
served and feel that their real estate needs, requirements and goals have been met. The first step in any great ‘moving’ experience is to decide if the time is right. Is it the right time to ‘move up’? Or to ‘downsize’? There are many factors that influence the real estate market and each person’s goals require specific consideration. When the time is right I look forward to assisting my clients to make informed decisions about preparing their home for sale in order to get the best possible sale price. I enjoy putting the marketing materials together & representing the property on the market. The MLS is a powerful resource and I enjoy using it to its utmost to realize a successful & efficient selling experience. When the time is right to buy I enjoy helping my clients find what they are looking for! As a Locations Scout it was my
joy to find locations for films & television – Real Estate is a beautiful extension of that – only now, the Buyer is the Director and the Location we are looking for is the perfect home! Fabulous! It is my goal to provide you with the knowledge & experience so that you may buy or sell a home, with confidence.
I look forward to hearing from you and to earning your real estate business! Until then, Elizabeth

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