Choosing to hire a Realtor is choosing to hire a professional with specialized expertise, and who is legally bound to work in your best interest to guide you through a process that the average Canadian only undertakes a handful of times throughout their adult life.
Realtors provide valuable insight on the state of the current real estate market, which is in a constant state of flux because of affecting supply and demand, such as economic forces, government regulations, global events, etc.
Realtors will also help you wade through the many emotions involved, and to manage this significant investment with as much objectivity as possible. Besides being trained in negotiation tactics, a Realtor is essentially your poker face in the negotiation and acts as a buffer with the other side to prevent run away emotions from compromising your position. There will always be some stress involved in such a significant undertaking, but hiring a Realtor enables you to minimize that and maximize your results in order to achieve your personal goals with any move.
The decision to make a move is a highly personal one and is driven by lifestyle needs, such as proximity to work for commuting or changing family size or the schooling needs of children, to name just a few. Working with a local, community specialist puts you in the best position to make sure all of your needs have been taken into consideration.