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“Ask Charles” is a monthly question and answer column by Charles Stevenson, Director of Professional Standards with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), www.reca.ca. RECA is the independent, non-government agency responsible for the regulation of Alberta’s real estate industry. We license, govern, and set the standards of practice for all real estate, mortgage brokerage, and real estate appraisal professionals in Alberta. To submit a question, email askcharles@reca.ca.

I’ve been hearing reports about radon in Alberta homes; should I be concerned?

I’ve recently started hearing reports about radon in Alberta homes. If I’m buying a home in Alberta, is it something I should be...

I’ve Made an Offer that Expires, but the Seller’s Agent Won’t Take It to...

I’m in a time crunch and need to purchase a property fast. I’ve made an offer that expires in the extreme short-term, but...

What’s the Difference Between Being a Real Estate Client and Customer?

I’ve heard that calling myself a “customer” of a real estate professional means I won’t have to pay them for their services. Is...

My Agent Doesn’t Believe in Open Houses. Can They Refuse to Perform Services I...

I’m selling my house and I’d like to have a few open houses, but my agent says they don’t believe in open houses....

Is Rent-to-Own Worth Considering?

I’d like to buy a home; I can afford monthly payments, but I’m working on my credit. I saw an ad for a...

The House was Owned Only for a Year; Should I Be Suspicious It’s on...

I know the seller has only owned the home for a year, and I’d like to know why they’re selling already. I’m worried...

My offer has a deadline, but the representative won’t show the seller. Is this...

I’m in a time crunch and need to buy a property fast. I made an offer with a very short expiry date, but...

Are There Any Risks When Buying a Foreclosure?

I recently found a house listed at a price that seems too good to be true. I discovered the house is a court-ordered...

Doesn’t The Seller Have to Tell Buyers There are Multiple Offers?

I made an offer on a property that was not accepted. I later learned there were multiple offers on the property; if I...

Do I have to Work with the Builder’s Agent? Can I have My Own?

I want to buy a new build home from the builder, but I don’t want to work with the builder’s representative. I want...

Comparative Market Analysis vs. Property Appraisal: What’s the Difference?

My real estate agent gave me a comparative market analysis when we set the listing price for my home, but now a buyer’s...

My home is still on the listing agent’s website. Can I make them take...

I’ve taken possession of my new home, but pictures, sold price, and its address are still on the listing agent’s website, advertised as...