The Top 5 Questions Everyone Wants To Know About Their Vancouver Real Estate Realtor But Are Afraid To Ask
1. How Do Realtors Get Paid? How Much Do They Charge?
Buyer’s agents: It’s FREE to use a Realtor to help you buy a place. The Realtor gets paid by the seller. Listing agents: Listing agents get paid by the seller when they sell your home. It’s laid out in the listing contract that you sign. There is no regulation for how much Realtors can charge you. Buyer’s agents are FREE 99% of the time as they get paid by the seller. Listing agents can charge you in any structure they want. There are many creative fee structures, but typical commission structure is 7 – 8% on the 1st $100,000 and 2.5 – 3.5% on the remaining. Example: if your Vancouver Realtor sells your home for $1,000,000, you’d be charged $7000 – $8000 (7 – 8% on $100,000) plus $22,500 – $31,500 (2.5% – 3.5% on $900,000) = $29,500 – $39,500. This does not include GST and the Realtor does not get paid this. This amount is paid to the real estate brokerage who then takes their cut and pays the Realtor.
2. How Do I Choose a Realtor?
To answer this, I’ll give you a few things on how NOT to choose a Realtor. Number 1: Don’t choose a Realtor just because they are a relative, friend or you know them. Number 2: Don’t judge a Realtor by what you see. Just because their signs and flyers are everywhere just means they’re good at spending money, it doesn’t mean they’re going to provide you the service you need. Number 3: A busy Realtor isn’t a bad one. A busy Realtor with good time management is better than a Realtor who has tonnes of time but poor time management. Having said that, don’t choose a Realtor who’s TOO BUSY for you. Number 4: Don’t choose a Realtor SOLELY based on the years of experience. Some new Realtors are often more informed than those in the business for years. It’s not so important how much the Realtor knows but how willing the Realtor is to find out the answers to questions. I prefer a Vancouver Realtor who’ll do what it takes to find the answer than one who’s been in the business for years but won’t take the steps to find answers. Bottom Line: There’s no 1 size fits all. Some want the cheapest, some want the consultant type, some want the nurture and care, some want the super fast paced type, etc…
3. How Much is My House Worth?
Let me ask you. When do you want to sell your home? If you want to sell it now, then I can do a market evaluation. But if you want to sell your home 6 months later, then a market evaluation should be done 6 months later. An outdated evaluation is as useful as outdated stock prices. It’s a nice to know, but that’s about it.
4. Should I Buy or Sell Now? When’s The Best Time to Buy or Sell?
It depends. There are pros and cons to buying and selling at different times of the year. I go into detail in my blog post and video. The simple answer is buy or sell when you’re ready to buy or sell.
5. I Want to Invest in Vancouver Real Estate, How Should I Start? Where Should I invest?