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Home buying can be a daunting and complex process But with a REALTOR', at your side, it doesn't have to be Remember, a REALTOR', works for you and must, by law, look after your best interests So take a few minutes and learn how a REALTOR', can help you find what you're looking for. 

6. Find a REALTOR who is right for you: 
REALTORS' aren't Just people who help find you a home They're an invaluable resource for knowledge, contacts and advice that help turn buying a piece of property into a home Here we explain what you can expect when you enlist the help of a REALTOR. 

Working with a Realtor :
There are a number of different kinds of relationships that you can develop with your REALTOR',. However, they all fall primarily under two categories - relationships and b. non-agency relationships. 
Agency :
*    Single Agency :
An agency relationship is one where the REALTOR? represents you exclusively. In that respect, the REALTOR?'s primary obligation is to you, and they are required to act only in your best interests. Anything you tell your REALTOR? agent is strictly confidential, and the REALTOR? has an obligation to disclose to you any information he or she has that is related to the transaction. 
a. Multiple agency :
Dual or multiple agency refers to the situation where the REALTOR represents both the buyer and the seller as agent at the same time. In this case, both parties are required to sign a dual agency contract setting out the obligations of the REALTOR to both parties, and obtaining the consent of the parties to this type of representation. 

It is possible for a REALTOR? to work with you without being your agent. In this case, the REALTOR? can give you information, but cannot provide you with advice. There is a big difference between these two concepts. Nothing you say to a "non-agent" is confidential, so you have to be careful what you confide. As a buyer you will likely want your REALTOR to act as your agent, but that decision is up to you. 

Remember, the REALTOR Code requires REALTORS to disclose the nature of the relationship they have with you, and the duties and obligations associated with that relationship. Make sure you have this discussion with your REALTOR. 

Selecting a REALTOR.. 
There are lots of ways to find a REALTOR. As you drive through prospective neighbourhoods, jot down the names and numbers of REALTORS on the For Sale signs. Open Houses are a great way to meet face-to-face. Maybe friends or family members have a REALTOR? they love. If you are browsing properties on, you can also contact a REALTOR? directly through that web site. Interview two or three and pick the one you think will be your best "business" partner. Here are a few helpful questions to ask when talking to a REALTOR. 

How REALTORS can help buyers like you ....
*    Review your list of wants and needs to help you determine your price range.
*    Answer questions about the markets you're interested in and help you compare homes and neighbourhoods.
*    Use the local real estate Board's MLS? System. Your REALTOR? can give you access to exclusive features of an MLS? System that the public is not privy to. 
*    Preview properties to ensure you're only shown homes that meet your needs and budget.
*    Make appointments and walk you through potential homes, answering all your questions.
*    Give up-to-the-minute information on financing and explain your mortgage options.
*    Negotiate with the seller, smooth out any potential conflicts and draw up a legally binding contract.

Stick with your REALTOR. 

Your REALTOR can become an expert on your specific needs and tastes. Scattering your time and energy amongst multiple REALTORS will work against your goal of finding your best home. And because most REALTORS have equal access to the same property listings, there's no real advantage to having multiple REALTORS. 

Canada's money laundering reporting requirements...
No matter which REALTOR you select, he or she will advise you of reporting requirements by FINTRAC, the federal agency responsible for administering Canada's Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing legislation and regulations. Your REALTOR? is required by federal law to complete a client identification form, and must ask you as a client (buyer) for verified ID such as a driver's license or passport. You can find out more on the FINTRAC web site at

7. See what's out there 

Nows the time to pound the pavement and see what's available. This step can be either incredibly fun or incredibly exhausting But with an expert REALTOR', at your side, you'll be able to sift through to your dream home much more effectively. 

Read and see all about it Start reading real estate ads in local papers. • Visit the areas you're considering to get a feel for them. • Make note of surrounding schools, shopping and recreational areas. • Keep an eye out for not-so-great things like large industrial areas, railway tracks and airports. • Visit during the day and at night. 

Open Houses, come on in 'Open Houses' are a great way to see inside the homes of your potential neighborhood. If a REALTOR, is hosting the open house, he or she probably knows the local market inside and out, and will be happy to answer your questions 7 don't be afraid to ask! 

Stay objective when visiting potential homes Walking through a potential home is a thrill, but try not to lose your head. Don't let a giant kitchen island or swanky hot tub distract you from your real goal, finding a home that meets all your needs and fits your budget. Arm yourself with this House Hunting Checklist and bring it with you to homes you're serious about buying. Good luck and happy hunting! House hunting checklist Walking through your potential home can be so exciting, that it's easy to forget some details. Was there a bathroom on the main floor? What shape was the roof really in? If a home truly interests you, take this checklist with you. When it comes time to review, you'll be happy you did.