Why do you need a realtor?
A person's home is often the largest single purchase he will ever make. If you are considering first time home buying or selling (or condominium, duplex, triplex, etc.) in Canada, then a realtor (real estate agent) can help you avoid the pitfalls of real estate transactions. You may also be interested in a realtor if you want to buy or sell commercial real estate, such as a warehouse or office space. Other types of property sales that can benefit from the help of a realtor include buying or selling acreages or farms.
Some people opt to sell their real estate directly. This is sometimes referred to as "for sale by owner." While selling your own property may save you the commission in the short term, you need to be ready to deal with the significant administrative overhead of real estate sales, and the risk that you will not get top dollar.
What does a MLS realtor or real estate agent do?
Some of the services provided by a real estate agent or realtor include...