The Benefits of Working a Real Estate Agent

If you're seller

It’s true that in some cases someone might choose to sell their home independently, however, it’s most beneficial to list your home with an agent. There are a number of advantages to having a real estate agent, whether you are the buyer or seller.

When you’ve decided to list your home the real estate agent will have many roles. They’ll have access to information that can help sell your home faster and at a higher price.
It’s common for agents to have many clients at the same time, this means often more than one listing. Your agent might even work in an office with other agents with clients of their own as well. It’s an integral part of their job is to be aware of their clients' needs so they are always on the look out for their clients' perfect home. This means that due to this environment your listing will get more exposure when you use an agent.

Statistically your listing will sell faster when you use an agent. This is because your agent has a variety of methods to advertise your home such as, their website, their Brokerage Website and Realtor.ca.

If you're a buyer

If you're purchasing a home for the first time you would also benefit from using a real estate agent. The agent has many resources and will be helpful to first time buyers by:  

  • Assessing your needs for your first home, this may be done by asking you questions, and making you aware of areas you may not have considered.
  • Directing you to a mortgage consultant to take steps to get a pre-approved mortgage.
  • Providing you with information about a home you are interested in.

As you begin to take steps in making a major decision in your life leave the details to a qualified professional who is there to assist you.

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Client Testimonial

Steve and I have known Lori for approximately 8 years and have utilized her amazing negotiating skills to sell and purchase 4 homes between us in and around Burlington. Having met Kimberly within the last year we can say without a doubt that this real estate team affords the most professional guidance, support and negotiating skills out there! Both Kimberly and Lori have held my hand, talked me down, and celebrated with us on all of our sales and purchases and we cannot thank them enough! Having just purchased what Steve and I believe will be our dream home on the lake, we have the patience and skills of Kimberly and Lori to thank!

Kelly and Steve B., Burlinton, ON

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Advantages of Listing with a REALTOR

  • Your time is valuable! Let me save you TIME!
  • I'm likely to sell your home for MORE MONEY due to the greater exposure I offer (many sellers even NET more after our fee)!
  • A 3rd party (REALTOR®) can obtain the prospect's TRUE OPINIONS of your home and relay those comments to you!
  • You'll know the buyer is a QUALIFIED one, not just a looker!
  • You don't need to personally open up your home to STRANGERS!
  • You don't need to spend YOUR VALUABLE FREE TIME showing your home to potential buyers, nosey neighbours, and tire kickers!
  • You can SAVE YOUR MONEY by not having to advertise your own home!
  • You can be professionally represented by someone that can be held ACCOUNTABLE for all the details!

What will My Real Estate Agent do for Me?

There are many steps involved in the process of buying and selling real estate. Although we may not see each one, here is an idea of how your agent is working for you to meet your needs.

  • The agent is responsible to arrange advertising. This may involve in a local newspaper, or their website. Usually this is done in many places to ensure your home is seen by as many people as possible
  • Enter new listing into the MLS system so your home officially becomes recognized as on the market
  • Arrange photos (interior and exterior) for advertising. These photos may be for a feature sheet, or for the website or both
  • Add your Home to their "Featured Listings" and "Just Listed" section of their Website (Tip: Always use a REALTOR with a top-notch professional and up-to-date website)
  • Put "for sale" lawn sign up
  • Respond to ad call inquires
  • Arrange a REALTORS® open house - This is where your REALTOR® will show the new listing to all other interested REALTORS®
  • Arrange several open house dates (usually on Sunday afternoons)
  • Set up appointments for viewing. Your real estate agent makes themselves available to view your home as soon as possible
  • Respond to feedback from showings. The buyer's agent will inform your selling agent how the showing went, and whether the potential buyer is interested in seeing your home again
  • Negotiate offers
  • Qualify prospective buyers
  • Arrange home inspection
  • Ensures the conditional time frame placed on an offer is recorded and met
  • Present offer to lawyers
  • Change lawn sign to "sold"


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Anastasiia Pysarchuk
  July 22, 2022

We couldn't be happier with how we were treated and worked with by Melissa Uba of the Lori VanDinther Team. She was extremely responsive and very pro-active on communicating with us. My brother and I came from Ukraine a couple months ago and it was very important to find someone who could guide us. Mellisa became that person and did everything to help with first leasing experience in Canada. The process went so smoothly and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was very knowledgeable about the process and was a great resource. She offered her opinion when we asked and helped us to consider things we hadn’t thought of. We’ll definitely reach out to Melissa in the future and we highly recommend her!

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Monica Leoni
  June 21, 2022

Lori VanDinther and her team are dedicated professionals who love what they do and who make your experience a personal one. We had the pleasure of working with Melissa Uba recently and we could not be more grateful for her help. We are currently hosting two young Ukrainians in our home, who recently began the process of finding their own place to live in a very difficult and expensive Burlington market. Melissa handled the situation delicately and compassionately, getting to know the needs and realities of our guests first, and then catering her searches to meet them on every level. Melissa showed professionalism and empathy throughout, and made every viewing a positive and hopeful experience. We recommend her highly!!

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Wendy Walker
  May 27, 2022

Lori and her team are extremely professional and knowledgeable. In a changing market Lori and her team nailed it! The sale of my home went quickly and without any problems. The expertise in knowing the data in the market to their confidence in selling my home quickly and at a good market value was unprecedented. The communication with all team members from start to finish was fabulous. Thank you again for doing a fantastic job! Wendy Walker

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