Debbie Barnett

Do you have questions about
buying or selling a home?

When is the time to stop renting and buy a home? How do I prepare for a home inspection? When should I start remodeling, and what will give me the most return? These are all important questions when buying, selling or simply owning a home, and we're here to help you get the answers you need. Whether you're a homebuyer, someone looking to sell your home or just want to be a more informed homeowner, we're answering some of the most frequently asked real estate questions.

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Recent Real Estate FAQ's

Is there a place where I can compare real estate agents to determine which would be the best for me?

Yes! Most agents in the area are ranked by past clients through the QSC system (Quality Service Certification). There you can browse through local agents to see what types of clients they have worked with, what their clients have said about working with them, and their overall QSC score.

When do I need a building permit?

Most municipalities require a building permit for a large variety of renovations and projects, regardless of whether you're planning to hire someone to do the work or you plan to do the work yourself. The permit must be acquired before you start any work. Some of these projects include:

  • Adding a shed, garage or gazebo
  • Repairing your home's foundation
  • Finishing your basement
  • Demolition projects
  • Updating your roof or siding
  • Installing a deck, fence, spa or hot tub
  • Installing swimming pool
  • Any projects with plumbing or electrical work
  • Placing roof gutters
  • Burying downspouts
  • Replacing or installing new air conditioning, heating, fireplace or wood burning stove

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

A real estate broker has taken extra licensing education beyond the real estate agent level and passed a broker license exam. This person now has the ability to work alone or hire others to work under them. Whereas, a real estate agent has passed a real estate license exam and hasto work under a broker either at the organization level or individual level.

Why should I use a real estate to sell my home?

It's important to team up with a real estate agent when you're selling your home for a number of reasons. You could decide to sell your home on your own, however you would be missing out on key marketplace information necessarily for pricing your home, a experienced negotiator to help you get the best price, a salesperson to market your home for you and someone to decipher and complete all the lengthy paperwork and contracts necessary to selling your home.