Real estate FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

As Guelph real estate agents, we get questions all the time on a wide variety of topics. The goal of our real estate FAQ is to get you the answers you need. Or, at least guide you in the right direction!

Why choose Beth and Ryan?

We work very hard to provide more value to our clients and our role as REALTORS® is a whole lot more than just listing a house!

Beth and Ryan are synonymous locally with being a market authority for Guelph real estate. They’re the main real estate resource on GuelphToday (Guelph’s main news publication).

Additionally, Beth and Ryan are the go-to REALTORS® on Guelph radio (Magic 106.1), with “Waller Wednesdays”. This is a monthly morning show run in studio to talk real estate with Beth and Ryan.

Our sales are consistently in the top 0.5% of Guelph Realtors by using a “non salesy” yet informative approach to real estate.

We encourage you to read our Google reviews! Additionally, check out our media page for videos, podcasts, press and more.

What areas do you service?

We’re Guelph real estate agents based in Guelph, with 80% of our business being done within the City of Guelph. However, because we have marketing and connections that extend outside of Guelph, we offer help buyers and sellers of real estate in surrounding areas such as Fergus, Elora, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and more. To see our full list, go to Areas we Service.

Do you work with buyers, or sellers or both?

Yes, yes and yes! We work with buyers, sellers, investors, builders and anyone that has an interest in residential real estate. Our business is split evenly between buyers and sellers, although we do help a significant portion of buyers coming into Guelph from other areas.

Do you specialize in certain types of homes?

We do business in all types of residential homes. From new builds in South Guelph, to century homes in Exhibition Park, we’re familiar with everything. In fact, we write blog posts on a wide variety of topics that we’ve encountered over the years. Our Guelph real estate blog can be found here.

What’s involved getting a home valuation?

We frequently get asked if we’d provide a market valuation of a home. Although often this is to list the home, we also get this request due to a separation or as part of an estate.

Ultimate the market (ie buyers in the market) determine your homes value and your property is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. We have a track record of providing solid pricing advice to clients that result in the goal of getting the house sold.

When providing a valuation, we consider such factors as location, size of the home, style of the home, condition of the home, the type of market, recent sales and much more.

We typically don’t charge for a CMA for someone who is considering selling with us. If this is something you’re interested in, get in touch!

Is it worth it to hire a REALTOR®?

We get this question often times from potential clients who are not used to selling a home. Although both selling privately and using a REALTOR® have their own pros and cons, generally the better outcome is achieved via a REALTOR®.

Yes, it costs more to use a real estate agent. But often times we find that the a real estate agent gets a sale price that is higher than if you sold privately. This ultimately means that your net sale price is better with a real estate professional in the end.

Here are a few resources:

Our selling a home privately blog

Our brokerage summary sheet on selling a home privately

What’s the first step when buying a home?

When buying a home, there are a number of steps that should be taken. The very first step should be to discuss your finances with a mortgage broker. They can help you determine what your budget is when buying a home.

Our first time buyer blog should be able to help you. If you’ve already been pre-approved, it’s time to go shopping! Give us a call if we can help.

What costs do I need to consider when buying a home?

Generally, buyers pay for:

Seller pay for:

Buy first or sell first?

Ah yes, the age old question. There is no right answer here, it depends on a variety of factors including:

Get in touch if you have questions about buying or selling first, as we deal with this a lot and can provide concrete, no obligation advice.

Have more real estate FAQ?

Have other real estate FAQ that you want answered? Get in touch with Beth and Ryan Waller here!