Realtors work on commission.  If a Realtor does not close a transaction, he/she does not get paid.  Please do not ask a Realtor to work for you if you intend to cut the Realtor out of your deal.
Be respectful, use common courtesy and don't expect a Realtor to drop what he/she is doing to run out and show you a property. You are probably not that Realtor's only prospect or client.  

Do not make an appointment with your Realtor and then forget to show up.  If you are running late, call and let your Realtor know when you expect to arrive.
If you expect your Realtor to pick you up at your front door and drive you home after showing properties, tell him/her.  Many will provide that service.  If not, they will ask you to meet at the office.
Let your Realtor know how you want him/her to communicate with you and how often.  Do you want phone calls, emails, text messages, IMs or all of the above?
Set realistic goals and a time frame to find your property.  Ask your Realtor how you can help by supplying feedback.  If you are displeased, say so.
Do not feel silly for asking your Realtor to explain a form to you.  It's his/her job.  Many forms are second nature to Realtors but not to you, so ask for explanations until you are satisfied you understand.  Though Realtors are expected to know laws applicable to real estate transactions, also realize that they are not lawyers and cannot interpret law.


Maptorch Realtors is a real estate brokerage company.
Our company provides real estate professional services in Davao City, Philippines.  And you can rest assured that all our real estate brokers and salespersons are licensed with the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
We strive for continuous professional development through internal and external trainings and seminars.  And we aim to provide you world-class service - a convenient and efficient experience in navigating the real estate industry.
Maptorch Realtors is led by Christian Franico O. Villapaz, a licensed Real Estate Broker with the Professional Regulatory Commision (PRC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
If you’re buying a property, you’re probably off the hook for paying the real estate professional fee. The property seller usually picks up this payment. Typically, the fee is paid by the seller at the settlement table, where the fee is subtracted from the proceeds of the property sale.

Tips and Advice

Owning a home does come with risks and responsibilities that you don’t have to deal with when you rent.  Things like a mortgage, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, home maintenance, and repairs. Even so, financial advisors and homeowners themselves know that there are far more advantages than disadvantages to owning.
For instance, over time you’ll generally lose money by continuing to rent versus owning your own home. Why not build up equity in your own home instead of paying your landlord’s mortgage?  Although there are periodic market drops, owning a home has historically been an unequaled financial investment.  You gain many ongoing tax benefits, such as deducting the interest on your mortgage and property taxes from your income tax.
Buying real estate is a complex matter with many factors to consider as no two properties or transactions are alike.  The unique opportunities and potential pitfalls are best navigated with an expert on your side.  Contact a Realtor once you’ve decided to buy.  A Realtor will guide you through the property search, financing, negotiation and transaction processes.