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Choosing a Realtor or a Real Estate Consultant

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

When it comes to hire either a realtor or a real estate consultant to help you with your home search in the Houston area, you might be wondering just what the difference is. A realtor is a commission-based position, who will show houses without an initial fee. A realtor will only make money at the end of a sale, and takes a percentage of the sale of the home for their paycheck. Realtors are more common then real estate consultants. However, a real estate consultant is affiliated with a real estate association, and has no ethics code to follow. A consultant gets paid for their time, by the hour, rather than as a commissioned position, and will charge a standard hourly fee for buyers for house and property tours, filming home walk-throughs, and filing any paperwork, regardless of whether or not a sale goes through. So which one is right for you?

Realtors are great for one-time buyers and homeowners; a Realtor will help you to find your dream home anywhere in the world, and come with a strong Houston Association of Realtors backing and are predisposed to follow the Ethics Codes laid down by local and national associations for Realtors. They are paid only if they lead you to a purchase, which is a great motivator to keep them in contact with you and to find whatever home you may be looking for. However, since they are sale-motivated, there will be a lot more pressure to buy from a realtor, and you may not get completely honest answers from a realtor who is looking to push a sale.

A real estate consultant, however, will usually give you honest answers. Since they are paid for their time whether you purchase or not, these realtors will not want to waste your time or theirs touring homes and properties they know you will have no interest in. A consultant can also save you bit of money. If you plan to do any part of sale yourself, you may want to choose a consultant, since they are only paid for the services they perform and not a flat fee. A consultant is great for investors or frequent property buyers, or for anyone who is looking to sell their home themselves. Consultants can also act as a third-party property assessment professional, which is a necessary step in properties for sale by the owners.

If you are looking into buying or selling real estate in the greater Houston area, you may want to look at the prices and fees of realtors versus a consultant. In some cases, a consultant will save you a bit of money, and can lead you to the right home or property, for the right price you are willing to pay. Do a little homework, and see which of the two is best for your buying or selling needs.

Real Estate Investments in Toronto

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Canada has one of the highest ratios where most of the families there own their own house. When it comes to investment in the real estate market Canada has always been fist choice for most of them. Toronto located in Canada is the largest city of north America ranked on the fifth position and has a population of 2.6 million roughly. Most of the top rated companies of the world are also present on Toronto. It can be defined as a city which is full of opportunities and you would never regret a real estate move in here.

People from all walks of life are present in this city. It is one of those few places which is blessed with multiculturalism and you can actually realize that more than 100 languages are spoken in this one place, no matter you belong to whichever place you would always find yourself comfortable in this place. It is easy to have real estate dealings at such place. The real estate in Toronto is the best that anyone could ever think of. Rightly said the “city of neighborhoods” each place there has its own uniqueness. The homes in Markham and the homes in Ajax have been upcoming attractions for the real estate buyers. Also the Pickering homes and the Richmond homes are not less. For a person dealing with the real estate properties the location and the exposure of that location matters a lot and all these places hold it all.

More and more number of wealthy expatriates are drawn towards Canada and they are looking for major investments in Toronto. The real estate market of Toronto is blooming and these are due to more and more amount of wealthy people investing their real estate funds in Toronto. For people facing problems with the increasing mortgages rates in Toronto the financial firms have started giving various schemes for the flexible loan rates and these schemes would help the investors to cope up with the soaring rates which at time become the reason for unmanageable payments for the mortgage.

This is expected to grow more and more stronger after 2010 as the Canadian dollar has not been hitting parity and thus the land tax transfer policies does not seem to lose its pace and would not slow down the Toronto real estate markets. This would definitely bare many unknown disasters concerning the real estate market and would be a good investment for the real estate dollars. Rest all is about the foreign investment in Toronto. Big typhoons have been investing in this place. Invest in Toronto. That’s a wise decision.

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