The Benefits of Working a Real Estate Agent

If you're a seller?

Although some people choose to sell their home independently, it is 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 have decided to list your home, the real estate agent has many roles. They have access to information that can help sell your home faster, and at a higher price.

Your agent may have many clients. And your agent probably works in an office with other agents with clients. An integral part of their job is to be aware of their clients' needs, and so they are always on the look out for their clients' perfect home-which could be yours! Your listing will get more exposure when you use a real estate agent.

Statistically speaking, your listing will sell faster as well. Your agent has a variety of methods to advertise your home, including their own personal website, their Brokerage Website and Realtor.ca (formerly mls.ca)

If you're a buyer

If you're on the opposite end and purchasing a home for the first time, you would also benefit by seeking out 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.
  • Provide 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

We were very pleased with Lori's professional approach in selling our home. At all times we found her to be very dependable and she kept us fully informed. We highly recommend her as a very knowledgeable real estate agent

Walter Pelley, Burlington, 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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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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Danielle Lapointe
  May 11, 2022

I just bought my first home with Kimberly’s help! I can’t thank Kimberly and the VanDinther team enough. Kimberly was such a great help during an incredibly challenging seller’s market. As an out-of-town buyer, I really relied upon Kimberly’s knowledge and expertise, and I was so grateful that she was able and willing to do virtual tours with me. She has a fantastic understanding of Burlington and Oakville’s condo market, I felt really confident in the advice that she gave me. Working with a realtor who works within a team also proved to be a great benefit- when I expanded my search to Milton, Morgan was able to lead a virtual tour in a short turn around and I ended up finding my perfect first home. This team is great. I can’t recommend Kimberly enough and there is no doubt in my mind that I will work with her again when I am ready to look for my next home. Thank you!

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Lauren Wing
  April 30, 2022

We can't thank the VanDinther team enough for helping us persevere through a tough market and find a beautiful home. Morgan and Lori were were always available to organize showings, to provide market insights, and to give us the tools and support we needed to land a property we love. We so appreciate all of the work they did behind the scenes to provide us with an easy-to-navigate plan forward, often at short notice. We highly recommend Team VanDinther!

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