When it comes to buying real estate, there's a lot that has to be done. You can't just wake up one day, decide you want to be a home owner, look at a few Ottawa or Oakville MLS ads, and buy a house or condo at the end of the day. It just doesn't work that way. If it did, there would be a lot more real estate properties being sold during the course of a day. Home sellers know that their house or condo might be on the market for an extended period of time, and you, as a home buyer, should realize you might be looking for the perfect property for a long time.
One of the first things you have do once you've decided you want to be a home owner is to hire an Ottawa or Edmonton real estate agent. The home buying experience becomes a whole lot easier if you have a real estate agent by your side. They know the market and can use their knowledge and experience to help you make the best decision possible. They can tell you which Ottawa or Toronto MLS homes aren't worth your time and which ones you should see with your own eyes. That's just one example of what a real estate agent will do for you.
Real estate agent responsibilities are plentiful. There is always something to do. Either before you start looking at homes, during the period of time you are browsing properties, and the moment you make an offer on a home. Once you sign the contract officially hiring the Ottawa or Oakville real estate agent you're going to work with, expect a lot of things to happen right away.
A real estate agent, a good one anyway, will go through the available properties in the neighbourhoods you want to live in to see which ones fit your budget. They know how much you can afford to spend and don't want to waste your time bringing you to home showings of properties you'll never be able to buy. They will also give you daily updates about the current market conditions. As well as let you know what the current pricing trends are and keep you informed about such things as taxes and amenities.
They will also prepare you for home showings by telling you what you should be looking for and what's not that important. They will also recommend services you will need at some point such home appraising and home inspecting. These are just a few things Ottawa or North York real estate agents will do for you once you hire them. There are many more things real estate agents will do for you. During the interviewing process ask every agent you interview what it is they will do for you so you can hire the best agent for you.