Why should I hire a real estate professional? This is a question REALTORS® get asked all the time. There are numerous reasons to hire a real estate professional but today I am going to highlight some of the more important reasons.

Who looks after all the paperwork?

Over the years I’ve heard horror stories about buyers and sellers doing a transaction on their own and the paperwork goes bad. They don’t use the right forms for the right action, the paperwork is not forwarded to the lawyer on time, or they don’t adhere to the time limitations stated in the contract.

Who do you negotiate with?

Most buyers and sellers believe they are good negotiators. Most often they let their emotions take over and negotiations go sour. They also don’t realize they need to negotiate with upwards to 10 people during the course of the transaction, such as home inspectors, lawyers, contractors, etc.

What is the home really worth?

What is the home you’re buying or selling really worth? Many people rely on “experts” who don’t actually buy and sell houses as a profession to tell them what their house is worth. A buyer or seller needs to analyze what houses are actually selling for in their neighbourhood. They must also uncover other information that may affect the value of the home such as new schools or school closures, public transit, location of amenities, etc.

Do buyers and sellers really know what’s going on in the market?

We are bombarded every day with information on the housing market, interest rates (up or down), actual home sales statistics and so on. The real estate market is different from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Buyers and sellers need to know what is happening in their backyard, not across town, provincially, or nationally.

These are just a few reasons to hire a real estate professional. After all, why would anyone make one of the most important financial decisions of their life without the help of professionals.

If you work with a Coldwell Banker® Pinnacle Real Estate professional, he or she will take care of all the details to ensure a successful transaction.




Recently we had the misfortune of having our home burglarized. It was a very unsettling experience. My son discovered the break-in when he returned home from school. He called me immediately to let me know and coincidentally I was on my way home at the time. When I got home I found my son to be visibly shaken and upset by this intrusion as was I.

Something we learned during this event was that material things can be easily replaced. However, the items of sentimental value that were stolen, such as jewelry that was passed on by our parents and grandparents, mementos of our children from first time events in their lives can never be replaced. This is the real loss in a situation such as this.

I decided to share a few tips with you to help in securing your home.

  • Don’t leave items of value such as bicycles in the yard in plain view or easily accessible.
  • When purchasing new electronics or appliances don’t leave the empty boxes in plain view. Thieves will know there are brand new items in the home.
  • Have lights on timers and leave your radio or television on so it appears someone may be home.
  • Secure sliding doors and windows with wooden dowels or a metal rod to prevent the window from opening even if the lock has been breached.
  • Never leave a spare key under a mat or flower pot.
  • If you are away for an extended period of time cancel newspaper delivery and have the post office hold your mail.
  • Get to know your neighbours. Close knit neighbourhoods tend to have fewer breakins.
  • Don’t share travel plans on the internet (facebook)
  • Always remember to make sure all windows and doors are properly secured. They say over 40% of break-ins happen without the use of force.
  • Ask your Coldwell Banker Pinnacle real estate professional for home safety information.
  • Refer to your local police services for additional information for making your home burglar proof.

I hope these tips are helpful, because everyone, whether they realize it or not, has PRICELESS possessions.