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Let your REALTOR® Market Your Home

You’ve spruced up your home and it’s never looked so good. It’s time for your REALTOR® to do their thing. Your REALTOR® has marketing tools at their disposal to make the job easier.

The “For Sale” sign

Despite all our leaps in technology, the “For Sale” sign continues to be an extremely effective way to advertise. Anybody responding to your sign is a good lead, because they have seen the home with their own eyes and are interested enough to phone in. If somebody is bold enough to knock on your door and ask for a “quick peak”, politely tell them that all visits are being handled by your REALTOR®.

Traditional media

Your REALTOR® may choose any or all of the following: classified ads in the newspaper (often with a photo), ads in Association magazines, like the Real Estate Weekly, real estate listings on cable television and good old fashioned mail. Neighbourhood mailers are still incredibly effective.

Multiple Listing Service® and the power of the Internet

Your REALTOR® will place your home on the Multiple Listing Service®, ensuring maximum exposure to all REALTORS®. Multiple Listing Service® listings are advertised on REALTOR.ca, Canada’s most popular Internet research tool for residential real estate and a big reason why many Canadians who search for a home start on the Internet.

REALTORS® really know how to network

Your REALTOR® is part of an extensive community of REALTORS® who collectively represent hundreds of eager buyers. REALTORS® will call their friends, who call their friends, who call their friends. The power of word-of-mouth will really be working for you.

Ultimately, your home itself becomes a selling tool. Start with an open house for REALTORS®

Most REALTORS® like to see a home with their own eyes before they show it to their buyers. A REALTOR® Open House is the most efficient way to attract all these REALTORS® and if your home is perfect for one of their buyers, you can be sure they’ll rush right out and tell them! Your REALTOR® will organize everything and get the buzz started.

Next, an “Open House” for everybody

Many buyers want to get a feel for your neighbourhood before they start working with a REALTOR®. That’s why Open Houses to the public are so important. They usually last a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday, and there are a few simple but important rules to follow.

Make sure your home looks it’s finest

Your best buyer may just walk in off the street, so make sure you’re ready.

Lock away valuables

Most people are decent, courteous and honest, but it’s wise to stash valuables like jewellery, cameras and other small valuables. As added security, your REALTOR® will request a name and phone number from every visitor.

Attend to any hazards

Is there an electrical cord somebody could trip on? Is there a chair that will collapse if somebody actually sits in it? Fix it, or lose it.

Avoid cooking foods with strong aroma

Almost nobody’s dream home smells like smoked herring!

The best way you can help

Don’t be there. You want people to feel relaxed and allow themselves to daydream that your home is their home. This just isn’t possible with you there. Go see a movie, or if you have pets take them on a field trip.

REALTORS® will want to show your home to individual buyers

Remember your REALTOR® Open House? All those REALTORS® have called around and found buyers looking for a home just like yours. Naturally, these buyers want to see your place firsthand before making an offer. Welcome to the appointment-only phase of showing your home. Your REALTOR® will act as a go-between and will give you as much notice for these visits as possible. Keep your home in top shape and be somewhere else during these visits.

A “lock box” makes it easier to show your home

A “lock box” is a small, sturdy metal box that’s affixed to your front doorknob. It’s a mini safe with a key to your house inside. REALTORS® are given a combination to the lock box, so they can show your home to interested buyers.

Be patient with visits. Hopefully they will lead to a great offer, soon!

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The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton (Edmonton Real Estate Board), founded in 1927 , is a professional association of over 3,200 Brokers and Associates in the greater Edmonton area. The Association administers the Multiple Listing Service®, provides professional education to its members and enforces a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice.

The Association advertises property listings and publishes consumer information on the Internet at REALTOR.ca, as well as in the Real Estate Weekly.
The REALTORS® Association supports charities involving shelter and homelessness through the REALTORS® Community Foundation.