Stop annoying your realtor! You may just get better results next time you buy or sell an Ontario home.
Realtors have their pet peeves. Is your realtor just being difficult, or is it you? Before you ask for a new agent, check out five ways you could be annoying your realtor.
How to Stop Annoying Your Realtor
Being Oh, So Rude!
Keeping personal opinions to yourself is the easiest way to stop annoying your realtor. Your sarcastic jibes about a home seller’s colour choices — is that American Mustard in the ensuite? — could get around (especially if they have a nanny cam turned on). Say goodbye to sharpening their pencil, or a quick return for your realtor.
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Taking Too Long
You’re not usually this indecisive, or maybe you are. Buying a home is a big decision. You want to sit on it for a while. Too long, too late — the home is already under contract. Really want to stop annoying your realtor? Stop getting in the way of their commission.
Unlike their realtor, home sellers are emotionally invested in their property. They may not be objective about its condition, or fair market value.
Stopping your bad habit of going directly to a seller is a surefire way to stop annoying your realtor. It can backfire badly. Not only may the seller’s price be higher, but sellers and buyers with realtor representation agreements are legally bound to their contracts’ terms and conditions. That includes paying the realtor’s commission. How to pick a realtor in Ontario.
Even if a contract has already expired, but you buy a home a realtor showed you, you can be liable for the commission. Plus, you don’t get the benefit of your realtor’s advice about a home’s potential pitfalls when you go directly to a seller.
Not Getting Mortgage Preapproval
You found a home you really, really like, but neglected to get mortgage pre-approval before signing the agreement of purchase and sale. Now you’ve discovered the price is out of your ballpark. You seriously need to stop annoying your realtor by offering more than you can afford. Applying for mortgage preapproval.
Rather than losing your deposit because you have to cancel, get preapproval before you house hunt. It’s no guarantee your mortgage application will be approved, but preapproval does give you a realistic budget to work with.
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Cheaping Out on Counter Offers
Your realtor knows you’re looking for a deal. But really? When the seller counter offers, be prepared to listen. You could lose the house if you counter back with significantly less. No deal means no commission for your realtor.
How to Talk to a Realtor
Your realtor knows if you’re being sincere about buying. Stop annoying your realtor by feigning interest in a property you don’t really want. Besides, making multiple offers can put you in an irreversible legal bind. The realtor commission Ontario agents charge varies, depending on the services they provide. You won’t get something for nothing. Realtors only offer full brokerage services in exchange for a signed representation agreement. Regardless, realtor duties to clients require fair dealing. You have rights as a home buyer. Read what’s behind Canada’s new home buyers’ bill of rights.
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Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer
Still hesitant about buying a home? Stop annoying your realtor by reading this first time home buyer guide to find out if homeownership is for you.
When you’re ready to get serious about buying or selling, Axess Law’s virtual lawyer services can make buying your first home less confusing or chaotic. Prevent sellers from accepting other offers when you sign a conditional agreement of purchase and sale. Axess Law goes over your offer to purchase for seller escape clauses that could force you to make a decision before subject-to conditions are satisfied.
Questions to ask a real estate lawyer.
Our experienced real estate lawyers review offers to purchase for clauses that protect sellers from a buyer who refuses to close, and buyers from losing their deposit if the property just isn’t right. Ontario realtors may advise you on the buyer’s right to cancel, but only a real estate lawyer can give legal advice.
If mortgage financing is holding up the completion date, Axess Law negotiates to amend the agreement of purchase and sale. Ask us about your buyer’s or seller’s rights when your legally binding contract is up in the air.
Revising the offer when financing is late.
Hire a Remote Real Estate Lawyer
Leaving home or the office to keep legal appointments is time consuming. Axess Law brings legal services to you through a virtual real estate lawyer. Read how to go virtual anywhere in Ontario.
Our remote video conferencing services are secure and confidential. Use any compatible home computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device to communicate with an experienced real estate lawyer. We witness your signature online, and email you a copy for your personal records.
Never used virtual video conferencing before? We walk you through every step. It makes using real estate lawyers easy and convenient.
Affordable Real Estate Lawyers, Anywhere You Are
Access lawyers for less in Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, or anywhere in Ontario when you buy, sell, or transfer property. Axess Law’s flat fee real estate lawyers are affordable, and our rates are all inclusive (excluding taxes, disbursements, and third-party charges). Axess Law offers you only the legal services you absolutely need. Your final invoice includes no surprises or hidden charges. Your itemized statement of adjustments is explained when we deliver it, and we answer any questions you have about it.
Find a real estate lawyer in Ontario.
Lawyers for Home Buyers or Property Investors
Call our 647-479-0118 lawyer line for appointments to buy your next home or sell investment properties. Outside Greater Toronto Area, dial toll free to 1-877-402-4277. You can make your own appointments online with our simple booking form. Axess Law has Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa locations, with onsite parking and major transit stops nearby.