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Purchasing property is an exciting time during which you’ll want to ensure you’ve hired the best professionals to stand in your corner; among those a mortgage lender, a real estate lawyer and a trusted Shuswap Real Estate professional. By building your very own team of experts you can ensure your important questions are answered by industry specialists, setting yourself up for a smooth and informed real estate transaction. If you’ve thought of foregoing a team of professionals for your upcoming purchase, consider the roles these pros play in a speedy and successful deal;

Professional Realtor®

There’s so much more to the role of a professional Realtor® than meets the eye. The strong foundations of a great Realtor® start with knowledge and expertise of the area, up-to-date industry training and polished confidentiality and professional standards.

Any Realtor® can curate a customized listing search for you as a buyer, that my friend is basic real estate 101; you want to work with an expert, not a salesperson, who’s focus is finding THE house for you, who’s negotiation skills are unparalleled and who has your best interest and goals in focus for the entire process.

Mortgage Lender or Broker

It’s safe to say that buying property may be the largest investment you’ll make in your lifetime; so, let’s not take it lightly. Weigh your mortgage options by researching local lenders and brokers to see the products, rates and terms that are available to you. 

Prior to shopping the market, meet with your chosen mortgage professional to establish your unique affordability; what will your monthly mortgage payments look like, are there any additional fees you should be ready for and what other financial obligations may come with purchasing a property? Ensure your lender locks in a rate with the pre-approval and covers any questions you may have about future changes to your mortgage, such as mortgage porting in the event you sell the property. 

To dive deeper into the mortgage pre-approval process, visit the Government of Canada’s helpful online hub.

Real Estate Lawyer or Notary

Navigating provincial and federal law is about as easy as buckling a bull into a booster seat; a job best left to the professionals. A real estate lawyer and their legal team are responsible for preparing all closing documents, completing a title search for deficiencies, handling the transfer of funds and completing ownership title transfer for the purchase and sale transaction. These tasks if completed incorrectly can stall possession dates or worse, create costly future issues.

In addition to preparing the important transaction documents, your lawyer or notary will also help you to identify and apply for tax exemptions and rebates such as Property Transfer Tax and GST where you qualify.

Home Inspector

Though it’s not mandatory to have a home inspection, this professional can be a key player in your long-term property buying success. A home inspector’s key responsibilities are to examine both the exterior and interior of a property to find things that could be deemed as unsafe or in need of repair. A home inspector will deliver to you a detailed report with photos bringing to your attention potential concerns such as foundation issues, roof wear, plumbing and electrical quality, water damage and general structural integrity. The findings of a home inspection will identify immediate needs for remediation or investments you may need to be prepared for in the ownership of the property.

Moving Company 

Budget permitting, a professional moving company can save you time and headaches for the big possession day. If you have specialty items, large pieces or a sizeable inventory of personal belongings, consider reaching out to a local moving company that offers complimentary consultations for a moving quote. These professionals will take care in wrapping, transporting and delivering your prized possessions, freeing you up to manage the working parts of move-in day. A great moving company should be insured, easy to communicate with and come with positive testimonials from past clients.

With the above professionals collaborating on your property purchase, you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. I’d love to hear about your favourite local real estate professionals, and for more information on how to establish a pro team for your upcoming real estate transaction, contact me, Craig Shantz; Shuswap Real Estate Professional.

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Welcome to Real Estate in 2019; where buyers and investors are empowered by real estate education and property search tools at their fingertips like never before. Early on, buyers are able to establish a strong idea of their home purchasing needs; from number of bedrooms and detached shop dreams, to any number of other must-have and must-not-have factors. However, once your home ownership adventure truly begins, it’s time to shelf the D-I-Y tendencies and enlist the help of a real estate professional.

For buyers, a professional and experienced Realtor® will not only be on the hunt for a property that fulfils the buying wish list, they’ll also be on the hunt for potential issues or other considerations; property zoning and uses, development potential, identifying potential problems with the building components of the home, development in the immediate area, schools, etc. Your Realtor® will recognize the tell-tale signs of potential problems and will know how best to approach them. This knowledge and experience can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run by recognizing a concern you may not have otherwise identified on your own.

For sellers, you may have arrived at a desired listing price, but have you validated that the price is reasonable for the market and features your home offers? Identifying current comparable sales to confirm that you're in the right price range can be time consuming, especially if you don’t know where to start. As your agent, I present a comparative market analysis that encompasses multiple price-fetching factors regarding your unique neighborhood's demographics, amenities, schools, and other important factors. 

When looking to buy or sell real estate, consider these important factors in hiring a reputable real estate professional;

-       Attention to Detail – Real estate transactions require numerous legal documents and signature forms, and if you’ve ever been fooled by the terms of a basic cell phone contract; you can imagine the repercussions of making an error in the terms of an offer to purchase property. Leave the contract drafting up to me, ensuring you’re presenting an enforceable offer that both protects you and follows real estate best practices.

-       Negotiating Skills – If we encounter a potential issue with the property you view, trust that we’ll navigate negotiations together. We’ll work as a team, in your best interest to get you a reduction in price or alternative remediation for an issue. Lack of strong negotiation skills can cost you financially; safeguard your investment by hiring a negotiation specialist.

-       Privacy, Confidentiality and Fiduciary Duty – I’m proud to ensure you receive confidential and professional support whether you're a buyer or seller. Protecting your private information and keeping your transaction details confidential is my top priority; a necessity that may be mishandled when representing yourself or dealing with an unrepresented seller. As Realtors® we have a fiduciary responsibility to our clients which legally obligates us to put your best interests first while maintaining privacy and confidentiality laws. In British Columbia, fiduciary duty is held at such a high moral that an agent can no longer represent both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction. 

-       Property Marketing Power; a property doesn’t sell itself due to lawn advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales come as the result of a realtor’s contact with previous clients, friends, family and professional contacts. In addition to qualified contacts, I offer a wealth of knowledge on how to market in your area during the current real estate market. Allow your property to shine through professional photography, online marketing and targeted realtor open houses.

-       For Sale By Owner Properties. If you’re contemplating selling your home "FSBO"— for sale by owner — consider the following; naturally, you want to net as much for your home as possible, and you might think that means not parting with extra commissions. However, a 2019 Re/Max study indicated that FSBOs fetched approximately 25% lower sale prices for sellers than agent-listed properties did.

Unrepresented sellers could even have to pay a commission anyway if the buyer is represented by an agent, as the buyer's agent's commission is typically factored into the deal.

-       Knowledge of the Area, Amenities and Privately Listed Properties;

Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your Realtor® to find all available properties. In addition, your Realtor® can bring to light positive and negative aspects of the area you’re searching in.


To learn more about working with a trusted Shuswap Real Estate professional, connect with Craig Shantz today.

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