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This is a segment from a recent article from PropertyWire.com related to the different Real Estate Services available in the Canadian market. This is interesting for sellers and buyers and important to you if you are selling or considering selling your home.
... "It is important to compare apples to apples, though, and seemingly there is room in the space for many different players- simply because different clients have different needs, and are prepared to do business in different price points.
Speaking exclusively to Propertywire.ca, Don Lawby, President of Century 21 believes strongly in the value that Realtors bring to the table. It comes down to offering a service to meet the needs and requirements of the targeted market. There are those that have the time and expertise to do it themselves- and there are those who prefer to delegate the business of selling and buying properties to licensed professionals- knowing that they will pay more, likely.
“There are still 100,000+ licensed Realtors in Canada to assist in the buying and selling of Real Estate. There have always been FSBO’s, discount brokers and flat fee operations. The fact is that there is an array of services available.”
Speaking exclusively to Propertywire.ca, Mark McLean, Manager/Broker, Bosley Real Estate Ltd, Brokerage echoes the importance of matching product and service to the appropriate market: “I think there is a market for the sale by owner crowd, but it is not for everyone. I believe there is still tremendous value in hiring a professional. Two really good statistics have been reported by NAR (the National Association of Realtors); One- says the FSBO market in the US, is actually declining because the process of selling a home is getting so much more complicated and two-an FSBO seller actually receives 18% less for their home than someone who used a realtor.”
.... “The website that gets most of the traffic of people looking for houses online is actually Realtor.ca. There is still a need for consumers to participate in organized Real Estate. Something like 80% of people look for Real Estate on the internet. But I doubt that 80% goes to buy a house sight unseen.”
“Buying a home is one of the largest financial transactions a person will have. By the same token – that I would not want to self-prescribe my own health, (not that that I am saying that this is exactly the same thing), but I would seek the advice of a doctor- many Canadians will look for expertise in licensed Realtors- who do this day in, day out.”
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