Thu, 11th August, 2011 - Posted by Please Comment|
Every time we encounter a HOT real estate market, we witness the emergence of alternative methods to buy and sell property. However, even in the hottest markets, more than 90% of Canadians still choose to enlist the services of a professional real estate agent to sell their homes.
‘For Sale By Owner’ companies advertise a unique system for selling real estate promising thousands of dollars in saved commissions. They will tell you the process will be stress free (which it isn’t), you will save tons of money (which is not always the case) and that you don’t have to pay commissions (which is never true if an agent brings the buyer to your home). The reality is that you will most likely have to pay 2.5% commission to an agent who is out actively searching for properties for his client. This results in a 2.5% savings to the seller. Calculating the time and expense necessary to market a home properly, the stress of walking strangers through your home, and the uncomfortable situation of having to negotiate the sale price of the home, do you really save any money? Also, untrained real estate negotiators will rarely get top dollar for their home as they do not have all of the information at their disposal to back up their reasons for keeping the price where it should be sold at.
If it was that easy, wouldn’t more people be doing it? What if I told you that even the owner and founder of ‘ForSaleByOwner.com’ couldn’t sell his property on his own and had to list with an agent? Not only could this guy not sell it on his own, when he enlisted the services of a real estate professional, he sold for $150,000 over what he originally listed it for. The ‘unique selling system’ they are selling you is unique in the fact that you will most likely end up hiring a real estate professional to do the selling for you.
Also, a large portion of the 10% who attempt it on their own, end up hiring a real estate professional as it is not as easy as they had originally thought, considerably more stress then they had expected, and finally found the value in hiring a real estate professional to get the job done.
It should also be noted that these companies that help people sell properties on their own are not regulated and not licensed to sell real estate. Ask yourself if you would hire someone with no experience and hire a company that is not regulated to manage the sale of your largest financial investment? Would you take your car to a mechanic that wasn’t licensed to fix your car? Would you hold your life savings in an unregulated bank? Would you seek legal advice from your cousin Billy Jim Bob who has not passed his bar exam but has ‘a pretty good idea of how this law stuff works’? It is often attractive to look at the cheaper option, but as in most cases, people always know that you get what you pay for.
Real estate professionals are far from perfect, but if you do your research and interview carefully, you will find one that will help guide you through the difficult process of drafting a contract and negotiating a contract. You will have someone on your side who will answer your phone calls when everyone else is gone for the day. You will have a trusted partner who is obligated by law to serve your best interests. You will have an expert who is qualified, educated and regulated to help protect the largest investment your family will ever make. And if you are still not sure about the benefits of hiring a realtor, just ask the owner of ‘ForSaleByOwner.com’.
To discuss your real estate options, please email me at email@example.com or visit www.seansells.ca for mor information about buying or selling real estate.
Fri, 18th October, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
First time buyers have a lot to consider when buying a home. It is often overwhelming and a little confusing. The reason it is a good idea to enlist the services of a professional realtor is to avoid making some of the following errors. A professional realtor should be there at every step of the way answering all of your questions and guiding you seamlessly through the buying process.
Choosing the right realtor is one of the most important decisions a first time buyer can make. It is important that the realtor will be working in the buyer’s best interests, has the knowledge and experience necessary to do the best job possible and is one that has been recommended by someone who has had an exceptional experience with a realtor…….not just an OK experience. There are plenty of realtors out there that can give you OK service, but you want to find someone that will exceed your expectations.
Here are some satisfied first time buyers I was able to help into their first home together. Read what they had to say about their experience with me.
While purchasing a property, Sean was extremely knowledge about the area and negotiated a price we were comfortable paying. Sean was always there to answer any questions we had, and trust me – we had many! His high level of quality service is enough alone for me to recommend him to anyone looking to buy / sell property; however his great personality and funny nature make it also enjoyable to deal with him.
Paul Dobson and Sara Cromwell
If you are considering buying a home in the near future, I would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss the buying process and what I do to help put people in homes.
Wed, 9th October, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
Beautifully updated 4 +1 bedroom home on an oversized 50×225 foot lot located on a quiet street in family friendly area. Kitchen offers loads of cabinetry and countertop space with lovely views of the professionally landscaped backyard. From the kitchen, walk out to the large stone patio with pergola. Perfect for those with a green thumb. 7 fruit trees, 5 raised vegetable garden beds, fruit bushes and an herb garden. The upper level boasts a second floor addition(09) with master ensuite and 2 walk-in closets. Large basement with 5th bedroom, rec room, family room and cold room. Walk to GO station, schools, LaSalle Park and the Lake. Close to the 403, shopping, and the RBG. Call today for more details!
Thousands spent on landscaping the backyard. Walkout from the kitchen onto the stone patio with pergola. The stonework extends into the second patio and 2 raised flower beds. The oversized yard at 225 feet deep is perfect for children and those with a green thumb. The 5 raised garden beds allow you to grow plenty of vegetables.
The second floor addition was put on in 2009 including a large Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and 2 walk-in closets. A new roof has been put on home and this year (2013) a new cold cellar, air conditioning unit and stone porch in the front have been added to the property.
For a tour of the property, CLICK HERE
Fri, 27th September, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
When John and I decided to sell our house, we had no idea how to find a real estate agent. A friend of mine told me about Sean Kavanagh and said she would let him know we were looking for an agent. He called us the next day and set up a meeting. We knew that day he was the perfect person to work with us; to sell our house in Toronto and find us a house in Burlington.
Sean is a knowledgeable and dedicated agent. He spent a lot of time getting to know us and took us through many houses just to get an idea of what we wanted. He gave us great advice about staging our house and had done a lot of research about the sale of houses in our area. When our house was listed, he followed up with potential buyers and always kept us updated. Sean responded to our phone calls and emails immediately and we always felt like we were in very capable and caring hands. As well as being informative, Sean was sensitive to the emotional part of selling our home and was very patient through the anxious periods.
Selling and buying a house is a lot more stressful than we ever imagined, but Sean took a stressful situation and made it enjoyable. We are grateful for all he did for us. If you are ever looking for a real estate agent, I highly recommend Sean. You won’t be disappointed.
Wendy and John Glinski
If you know of someone looking to buy or sell their home, give them my name and number so they can experience the same level of service John and Wendy received.
Tue, 13th August, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
This beautifully maintained and completely updated 3 bedroom/4 bath home is located in desirable Roseland just steps to the lake. Updated Kitchen offers loads of cabinetry, granite countertops, island, and chef’s range. The Master bedroom offers walk-in closet and large 4pc ensuite. Extensive landscaping with irrigation system. Large in-ground salt water pool, Hardwood, 4pc bath in basement and Double garage with inside access completes this home that must be seen. Close to schools, shopping, transportation and highways.
OPEN HOUSE! Come by 3287 Spruce Avenue this Sunday August 18th between 2:00pm – 4:00pm to take a tour of this stunning home.
FOR MORE PROPERTY DETAILS, PHOTOS AND VIDEO, VISIT WWW.3287SPRUCEAVENUE.COM!
Wed, 17th July, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
Beautiful 5 bedroom home on a crescent in the Orchard. Large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances with walkout to oversized 130 foot deep yard. 9′ ceilings, hardwood flooring and California shutters throughout. Large Master with ensuite and walk-in closet. Professionally finished basement with 5th bedroom, bathroom and large rec room. Bedroom level laundry with new washer and dryer.
OPEN HOUSE this Sunday August 11, 2013 from 2:00-4:00. Drop by and say HI!
130 Foot Deep Lot in the Orchard!
Wed, 17th July, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
Paul and I chose Sean as our realtor for two real estate transactions and we couldn’t be more impressed. While purchasing a property, Sean was extremely knowledge about the area and negotiated a price we were comfortable paying. While selling our property, Sean pointed out ways we could stage our home to increase buyer interest and promoted our property through all social media outlets. At the end, we sold our property at 99% of asking in multiple offers. Sean was always there to answer any questions we had, and trust me – we had many! His high level of quality service is enough alone for me to recommend him to anyone looking to buy / sell property; however his great personality and funny nature make it also enjoyable to deal with him.
Paul Dobson and Sara Cromwell
Tue, 2nd July, 2013 - Posted by Please Comment|
Extensively renovated and updated home on secluded 5 acre lot with pond.
Open concept upper level including kitchen with island, dining area and living room. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the countryside in the sunroom addition including heated floors, air conditioning and custom window treatments.
Master bedroom with renovated ensuite and walkout to deck overlooking the ½ acre pond. Renovated main bathroom with glass enclosed Jacuzzi tub and skylight.
Lower level with family room, 4th bedroom, office and walkout to covered patio with deck and retractable awning. Close to Shelburne and the highway for easy commutes.
Please call or write today to book your own private tour!