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Faces Magazine Awards – Nominated for Favorite Real Estate Female 2018

Hello Nicole, I hope this email finds you well and that you had a wonderful holiday! I just wanted to ensure that you knew that you are a finalist for Ottawa’s Favourite Female Real Estate Agent for the 2018 Faces of Ottawa Awards – congratulations! As always, the awards are people’s choice, and your friends and contacts can vote for you once per day, per IP address by visiting the voting page at – voting takes place between January 3rd and January 25th – with the winners being announced at the 2018 Faces Awards event on Saturday, January 27th! The Awards are being held at the brand new event space in the Brookstreet Hotel this year and are being hosted by Ottawa’s own Team Homan, who will be representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Women’s Curling! Congratulations once again, Evan Childerhose Associate Editor Faces Magazine

The Role of a Realtor – Buyers

  Buying a home is one of the largest, and most expensive, decisions you will ever make.  You want to make sure that you have covered all your bases in order to avoid any costly mistakes. One of the best ways to avoid any potential pitfalls on the road to home ownership is to talk to someone who knows that road well, and no one knows it better than a realtor. Hiring a realtor means that you have an expert at the entire house buying process there to help you through each step, and means less stress and trouble for you. It may even help you save some money. Here are some of the things that a professional realtor can offer you. Knowledge When you find an established realtor, they will have knowledge of the area you are looking to buy in, and will provide you with market statistics to give you an idea of what a home like the one you are looking for will cost in the area you have chosen. A good realtor will spend time learning what your needs and wants are, and will use that information to look for homes that that match what you are looking for. Your sales representative will also let you know where you might need to compromise, and provide advice about what you can realistically afford. Realtors also provide buyers with information about comparable homes and what they have sold for in the area, giving you detailed information on trends that you can use both to educate your purchase and to plan for the eventual possibility of selling your home, thereby protecting your investment. Interaction Your realtor’s assistance goes beyond simply finding a home that you want to buy. A realtor’s job also includes interacting with sellers and other realtors. Their network of contacts means they may know about houses that are going on the market before they are actually up for sale, which can provide a buyer with an advantage in the case of preparing an offer. Once you have chosen a house you want to buy, it is the realtor who will contact the seller and begin negotiations. Your realtor will work to get you the best price possible for the home, and will also handle all the necessary forms and paperwork involved in making an offer. Your realtor will also handle negotiations involving things like getting a home inspection done, and can recommend and connect you with other professionals like carpenters and electricians if any repairs or modifications need to be done to the house. Troubleshooting One of the most valuable things a realtor brings to the house-hunting process is experience. An experienced realtor knows every step of the process. They can take care of small but vital details you might otherwise miss, watch for potential problems with either the process or the home itself, and make sure all the necessary legal necessities are properly taken care of. A good realtor brings a depth of home buying