If you’re a Buyer, and unfamiliar with an area you are considering moving to, you’ll have plenty of important questions that could affect your Quality of Life and your decision to buy.
• Are there homes to buy where I want to live?
• Will local bylaws allow me to rent the basement?
• Are there any zoning changes being contemplated?
• Is this a safe community?
• Are there jobs available now and for the future?
• What public transportation is available?
• Can I get to and from work safely and quickly or are the roads jammed with traffic?
• Are there good schools?
• Is this community on it’s way up or down?
• Are good doctors and good medical facilities available?
• Are there good places to buy the things I need?
• Is this considered a desirable place to live?
• Are there good parks, play fields and open spaces?
• Are there good recreational opportunities?
• Is the air, water and soil clean?
• Are there any infrastructure or other construction projects planned for the area?
Theses answers, and the answers to many more questions affecting the quality of life, are determined by many factors that your local REALTOR is probably immediately familiar with, or able to point you in the direction to get your questions answered.
When asked, REALTORS have a professional obligation (fiduciary duty) to make sure your answers are sufficient enough for you to be making an informed decision.
Are the answers to all of these questions easily accessible online in your area? They certainly aren't in the Tri-Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody where I live!
So how important do you think it is for a Buyer to use a local REALTOR when buying?