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Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. It is also an endeavor that can get complicated quickly, so I recommend working with a registered real estate salesperson or broker to guide you through the process.

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has been looking out for home buyers – and sellers – for over two decades. I suggest that you start by visiting RECO’s website and following these five tips:

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I trust that you have read and understand your obligations as a landlord under the Residential Tenancies Act, confirmed the property zoning accommodates rental and the building meets all the relevant fire and electrical safety codes and that the former owner obtained all the appropriate building permits.

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I’m unhappy with my real estate salesperson and I’m not sure I want to work with him anymore. Can I cut him out of the process and deal with the seller’s agent myself?

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If you have a trusted friend or family member who is a broker or salesperson, working with them can be a good option when you want to buy or sell a home. But, just as you can’t get a “private surgery” or “private legal advice” that aren’t subject to rules of professional conduct, there is no such thing as a private real estate service.