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Over property

Process over Property means we believe the mechanism of value delivery is not a singular action constrained to the property itself, but an overarching brokerage process—-one that is dynamic, comprehensive in scope, and mindful of the interrelated elements impacting our client’s experience and end-results.

Our process focuses on each client’s unique set of priorities and adapts to the developments and changes in those priorities over the entire duration of their buying or selling journey.

Our mission is straightforward: to be your trusted partners in real estate, ensuring the process of buying or selling a property compounds value for you from day one. We’re here to be the key resource for securing your success. That’s the goal of the Barbour & Company Process. That's the essence of Barbour & Company as a team of brokerage professionals.

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Value isn't confined to the closing
it should thrive and multiply throughout the entire journey.

What Comes First?

You have the flexibility to decide how you want us to serve you in your real estate journey by choosing to be either a customer or a client. In North Carolina, the NC Real Estate Commission actually has distinct definitions for both, and constrains the type of value / service we are allowed to provide by which status you choose!

As a Customer:

If you choose to be a customer, you'll have access to receive valuable information and assistance from our experienced team. We're committed to providing you with honesty and fairness as we serve you, ensuring you're well-informed and supported.

As a Client:

When you decide to become a client, you enter into a formal agency relationship with us. This means you'll benefit from our full range of client services, including our fiduciary duties of obedience, loyalty, and confidentiality. We work exclusively on your behalf, advocating for your best interests in every aspect of your real estate transaction.

The choice is yours, and we're here to accommodate accordingly! Whether you prefer the flexibility of being a customer or the dedicated representation of a client, Barbour & Company is your trusted partner in achieving your real estate goals.

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You should also be aware of how representation works, please have a look at the NC REC’s “Working With Real Estate Agents” disclosure.

Our Process at a Glance

Basic Outline of the Barbour & Company Process:

Customer Engagement & Client Reception

This is the initial phase where potential clients are engaged, and initial inquiries are received. It involves educating customers about agency relationships, listening to their needs, and setting up a formal consultation to fully address how they need help.

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Initial Consulting

After engaging with customers, this phase involves in-depth consulting to fully understand their real estate needs, preferences, and goals. It sets the stage for personalized service, sets formal expectations, and prompts the signing of official agency agreements if a customer is ready to progress in their process with us!

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Buyer/Seller Client Pathway/Gestation

This phase branches into two separate pathways:

  • 3a) Seller Client Process: This pathway is for clients looking to sell their properties. It includes activities like property evaluation, marketing planning, and listing.
  • 3b) Buyer Client Process: This pathway is for clients looking to purchase properties. It involves property search, viewing, and purchase negotiations.
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Offer Writing or Review

This phase involves preparing and reviewing offers for purchase or sale. It's a critical step in real estate transactions.

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Active Transaction

Once offers are accepted, this phase involves actively managing the transaction process, including inspections, appraisals, and negotiations. It’s intense for a buyer or seller for sure, and “a lot of chefs are in the kitchen at the same time!” (Agents, Inspectors, Clientele, Lenders, etc.) But we aim for proactive leadership and effort in order to avoid a reactionary posture.

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The culmination of the process where the property sale is finalized, and all legal and financial aspects are resolved. We review closing statement financials with you in advance of closing and go over all the key details you need to know in light of closing day!

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Post-Closing Service

After the sale is complete, this phase involves providing ongoing support and service to clients, ensuring a smooth transition and addressing any post-closing concerns.

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Our Approach to the Listing Process

The Barbour & Company Seller-Client Process

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The value of someone’s home on the market is truly a function of multiple factors and how they interact in context of specific market conditions at a point in time.

  • Simply put, a lot of things interact and work together to create what ends up on the closing statement on closing day.
Therefore, we’ve designed our seller process to systematically connect our sellers and their listings with all opportunities as they develop and present themselves in context.
First, we have to get to know you and understand your priorities and expectations.
  • Then, we leverage our experience and value as professional business people in residential real estate brokerage to apply the right set of plays to your property and personal agenda.
Scroll through our seller process below to see how we work hand-in-hand with our clients to deliver the most value possible!

We’ve designed our seller process to systematically connect our sellers and their listings with all of those opportunities as they develop and present themselves.

We have to get to know you and understand your priorities and expectations. Then, we leverage our experience and value as professional business people in residential real estate brokerage to apply the right set of plays to your property and personal agenda.

Once you’ve signed a listing agreement with us, here is the process we will follow to deliver maximum value to you as a seller both in:

  1. Clarifying the marketing process we follow to maximize success for you, and
  2. Actually Executing that process, to accomplish effective marketing of your home to get it under contract…
    • with the best buyers under the best terms the market can yield at that time.

Process of Buying/Selling A Home in Fort McMurray

Congratulations! Purchasing a home or even thinking of buying a home is an exciting adventure. You will be joining the ranks of hundreds of families who realize that home ownership offers a number of benefits including building equity, saving for the future and establishing a home your family can call their own. Your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage, not a landlord's and over time your home will increase in value and the equity you earn is ultimately yours!

In this Home Buyer's Guide, I will take you through a step by step process to help you determine the type of Home ownership that is right for you. To make your home buying experience as pleasant as possible, I have included informative articles on mortgages, viewing Home, the offer, closing details, moving and more.

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Before you start shopping for your home, give some thought to your lifestyle, the features you need and want, affordability, and the neighborhoods you prefer. Determining the features that are most important to you will bring you closer to finding your perfect home.

Arranging a mortgage

Prior to shopping for a home, it is usually recommended to look into getting a pre-approval on a mortgage. As most people require a mortgage to purchase a home, this section explains mortgage types, terms and how to qualify.

Viewing Homes

Choosing a home is both an emotional and a financial decision for your future. By making the most out of your home viewing experience, you can learn how you can avoid costly errors that could lead to future problems.

The Offer

Are you ready to put an offer on a home? This section explains the components of an offer and how it forms an essential part of your purchase.


Buying a home is more than simply picking your dream home. This section will explain the importance of hiring the right professionals to ensure you are legally protected.

The Move

Are you looking for tips and tricks on how to make your move more manageable? This section offers insights on how to make the most of your move.

Our Buying Process

Barbour & Company Buyer Services

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Consult to explore and define needs

  • Briefing on important disclosures & legal aspects of the process!
  • What kind of home do you need, where does it need to be, and what kind of timeline do you have to work with?
  • What questions do you have about the process?
  • Mortgage Process support i.e. organizing loan worksheet details and connecting to material impacts to your offer term priorities, or elements we should consider in your specific home-search.
  • What do you view the role of the buyer’s agent to be?


With tools and resources available to help in the search process (i.e. MLS Auto Emails, and how to maximize use of your favorite search platform (i.e. Zillow, Broker App, RedFin, etc. ) But what you do will still impact the ultimate marketing outcome.

Professional Showing Procedures & Pre Offer Material Fact Exploration

  • In other words we don’t just tag along. We are scrutinizing a property with you, and have our own set of priorities to be mindful of as we tour homes with you! It’s not always what it looks like in the photos, and not everything that should be disclosed always is! Experienced buyer’s agent support during showings help focus concerns and priorities that need to be reflected i the offer and how it is presented to the seller.

Detailed Property Valuations & Offer Strategy Reports custom to specific properties selected for offers

  • Sometimes the best negotiation support is logical, data-driven insights that are well connected and reflected in the offer details. Making your offer with as much fact and perspective as professionally possible greatly enhances your chances of success with your specific offer priorities altogether.

Comprehensive Consulting value during the contract-to-close phase

  • Barbour & Company’s transaction coordination support makes sure the entire buying process is organized and maximized step-by-step to deliver you value: from due diligence procedures like inspections and appraisals, to repair negotiations, to pre-closing measures such as moving plans, closing statement review and more. It’s important your buyer’s agent is experienced and has a team of administrative and operations support to make sure nothing important is overlooked or falls through the cracks…or any good opportunities are missed!


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It Matters

Barbour & Company has hundreds of happy clients over the years. Our experience is what shaped the development and fine-tuning of our process in the first place. Hear what they have to say about working with us.

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