Signing a Listing Agreement


The first formal step in selling your property is entering into a Listing Agreement with your REALTOR®. The Listing Agreement is a contract in which your REALTOR® commits to actively market your home for a specified period of time. It also commits you to a pre-established marketing fee that is to be paid upon the successful closing of the sale.

As part of the Agreement, your agent may require the following documents:

Plan of Survey or Location Certificate
A survey of your property which outlines the lot size and location of buildings as well as details of encroachments from neighbouring properties. This may be required in certain areas to complete the sale of your home. Your legal professional may recommend a survey, especially if significant changes have been made to your property.

Property tax receipts
Most Listing Agreements require that current annual property tax assessments be shown.

Mortgage verification
Few homeowners know the exact balance of their mortgage as it is paid down. You will be asked to authorize your mortgage lender to provide the figures required.

Deed or title search
This document is a legal description of your property and the proof that you own it.

Other documentation
In some instances, it may help the sale of your property if you can provide prospective buyers with information on such items as annual heating, electrical, and water expenses, as well as any recent home improvement costs.