There are ways to shop smart to maximize equity when buying a home but a focus on low commission isn’t one of them. 9 times out of 10 a Realtor® offering low commission is desperate, inexperienced and mainly concerned with just a quick sale. When buying real estate it’s imperative to find a professional Realtor® who’s committed to helping you make the best decision, not the quickest one. The best decision means finding the right price based on the value of the home and doing as much as possible to limit costs now and in the future. Remember the saying, “don’t trip over dollars to pick up cents?” A smart, creative, experienced and resourceful Realtor® will focus on earning equity with as few costs as possible, short and long term – that’s where the money is!
A smart buyer hires a Realtor® who understands the market, relays their expertise and focuses on your needs: comfort, affordability, where to buy to maximize gains (location), awareness of unforeseen costs, benefits and features that maximize value and all other important variables.
In 5-10 years your proudest moment from buying your home shouldn’t be the ‘cents’ you saved at purchase – it should be your happiness from an increased quality of life and equity position from your biggest and most important asset.
Blake King is a Central Alberta Realtor® with Century 21 Advantage. Call for all your real estate needs, searching, advice, viewings, listing, marketing, selling and purchasing homes (403) 350-7672.