What is your fee for a property evaluation?
A standard evaluation is complimentary and provided to the homeowner without obligation. For a specific appraisals (i.e. for Probate, Legal, Estate or Divorce case) a licenced appraiser would be called.
How much commission do you charge?
The commission structure is more flexible today. Depending on whether it is an Exclusive Listing, a Multiple Listing, a Buyer Agency or a Dual Agency situation. My commission is fair and competitive. I will discuss this on a one-to-one with the client, as well as explain the new Agency Laws.
I'm afraid to phone a Real Estate Agent, as I don't want to be pestered.
Yes, I quite agree and respect that too. Call backs are only as requested.
Do you make recommendations to fix up before putting my home up for sale?
Yes, I am often asked by the seller to pass on helpful tips. For several homes there are many items I can suggest improving your resale value.
What home improvements get the best return on my investment?
Kitchens and bathrooms are the biggies. Followed by windows, flooring, decorating, roof and furnace upgrades. A swimming pool regrettably, does not earn you more money. If you are putting in a pool consider it to be for your own family's enjoyment and not a serious asset. Don't forget the power of a sparkling clean home, landscaping and a good driveway. We only get one chance to make a good first impression.
What is the length of a Multiple Listing Contract?
6 months to 1 year pending the type of property listed.
Is there any advantage to dealing with a local agent?
Sure, it helps if the agent is familiar with schooling, transit, churches, shops, medical, parks, libraries, cycle trails, etc. Selling homes is more than bricks and mortar. In our particular case our area has a lot to 'brag' about. I sell the benefits of our area as well as your home. Many documented examples show that a good local Agent often nets their clients thousands of dollars more on their sale.