On a whim a few weeks ago, Jamie and I stopped at an open house and walked through a home in our neighbourhood. With a plan to aggressively save over the next eighteen months for a down payment before even starting to look at houses – I didn’t see the point to looking this early on. Jamie countered with that we were still in the midst of deciding on price point vs. value of the home. We had been toying with the idea of buying a smaller home, sooner, living in it for a shorter period of time and renting it out, instead of immediately moving to the purchase of a home that we would grow into over the next twenty years, like we’re doing with our downtown condo.
Meeting with Jerad, a local real estate agent from Sterling Real Estate, I realized Jamie was right, it wasn’t too early to start looking. It turns out that I was one of the many people under the impression that thought it best to seek out a realtor when it came time to buy or sell the home, quickly choosing a real estate to get the deal done and move on.
Introducing Jerad (Prime Edmonton Real Estate.com)
“It is never too early to get more information on the real estate market. Often home buyers and sellers create a timeline to buy or sell their home without getting all of the relevant information first. Then when they get the information they needed, they are often rushed into making a quick decision, adding undue stress to their lives. And who wants that? I have clients who are weeks, months, and years away from their next move – but all need the care and attention they deserve for the stage of the process they are at.” Jerad, Prime Edmonton Real Estate.com (link)
After the meeting with Jerad, I realized that even though we’re not immediately at a purchase point, a real estate agent can provide valuable information. Jerad has the tools that we need to get the facts, understand the spaces we’re considering and the benefits and drawbacks of each choice. We had an in depth chat, where he answered questions, provided me with additional information and gave me the confidence gained through answered questions.
Educating Buyers and Sellers
Jerad’s passion for teaching was clear. He’s a teacher at-heart. This passion is evident in things like establishing a local meet-up geared towards first time home buyers – sitting down with them over coffee to talk, help and equip them with the information needed to make their first home purchase.
Jerad has an extensive online blog focusing on the home buying process – and will be working on the home selling part of the blog later this summer.
Quickly, he was able to put me at ease, answer questions and give me the confidence in our plan to move forward. He was eager to learn more about the needs of our family and to do what he could to empower us in the home buying experience – starting from early on.