Why hire an Accredited Buyer's Representative - ABR?

Janine Thomson – Real Estate Agent with Pemberton Holmes in Victoria BC

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. When you look for an ABR, you will be served, not sold. Your interests become my interests and you'll be working with an agent that goes the extra mile. With specialized training, an established track record and with proven experience in representing the concerns of homebuyers, why not hire someone who delivers exactly what you need."

Buying a home may be the largest and most complex financial transaction you may ever take. If you're ready to buy a home, wouldn't you prefer to work with the most qualified real estate professional you can find?

As an Accredited Buyer's Representative, I have gone through additional training, have proven experience representing Buyers and will go the extra mile in representing you in your home buying process. 

The ABR® designation is only awarded to licensed real estate professionals who completes specialized training that gives them better understanding in a buyer's perspective and protecting and promoting their buyer-clients' interests. Before earning the ABR® designation, buyer's reps must also demonstrate proven experience in representing buyers. Further, they are committed to maintaining their professional edge by staying current on the latest issues and trends in buyer representation.

In addition to knowing the dynamics of the local market, REALTORS® with the ABR® designation understand the special needs of buyers. They have additional knowledge and experience that takes them a step beyond an agent who only concentrates on the easy details.
 An ABR® can provide you with valued assistance throughout the transaction and help you make informed decisions that will lead to a successful home purchase.

Additionally, as your ABR® Realtor, I can:
  1. Understand your specific needs and wants, and can locate appropriate properties
  2. Assist you in determining how much you can afford 
  3. Preview and/or accompany you in viewing properties
  4. Advise you in formulating your offer
  5. Help you develop your negotiating strategy
  6. Provide a list of qualified vendors (inspectors, attorneys, lenders, etc.) for other services you may need
  7. Keep track of every detail throughout the transaction — to closing and beyond
  8. Organize & Assist you from beginning to end, worry free!
  9. Keep your information confidential.
  10. Disclose everything about the home and location.
  11. Negotiate on your behalf and align your needs within your contract.
  12. Negotiate solutions to any problems for the benefit of the buyer.
  13. Focus on your specifications of what you are looking for in a home.


  • You’ll have a skilled agent on your side. With buyer representation, you have an agent who is obligated to protect your interests, including disclosing information that might help you and keeping certain information confidential. Without this representation, any other agent could possibly be working on behalf of other interested parties. ABR®s have special training in representing the buyer only. 
  • Your transaction will be simple. Complex real estate contracts such as disclosure forms or the Contract of Purchase & sale, can be overwhelming without the help of a knowledgeable agent to educate and look out for you.
  • You’ll be working with an expert agent on the cutting edge of real estate. An ABR® certified realtor has completed special training and a certification tests to represent the buyer(s). Additionally, they stay up-to-date on the latest trends in buyer representation.
  • You’ll have better negotiating results. Deciding on an offer price involves looking at many factors, such as similar homes for sale and recently sold homes close to the area you are thinking of purchasing in. Your realtor will not only help you come up with the best offer, but will counsel you on various contingencies. They will also present your offer to the seller in a positive light and help you navigate counter offers or competition.
  • You’ll know your realtor has proven experience. ABR®s have to have a certain amount of successful real estate transactions to get that designation. As a result, you’ll know you are getting an experienced realtor.
  • You’ll get a higher level of service. In most cases, the buyer’s agent’s commission is paid out of the seller’s proceeds. In rare cases, the agent’s commission comes from the buyer. Your ABR® is specially trained on this point and can avoid these issues. They can bring this point up when discussing the buyer representation agreement.


An in depth knowledge on negotiating skills as well as an in-depth fundamental understanding of the various ways buying your home or condo in Victoria is not a small decision and can be highly time consuming. Therefore, you need the right advice and up to date market trends to help you along the way. As Victoria's Realtor® & Accredited Buyer's Representative®, I spend additional time with my Buyers educating them on the home buying process, up to date market statistics and am ready to assist on all levels of your real estate transaction. 

With this highly regarded designation and certification, its provided me with the most cutting edge tools and knowledge base to help my clients accomplish their real estate goals. 

Therefore, my client services reach the highest and most honourable level.

Let's find your perfect home! Contact me today!

Janine Thomson

Pemberton Holmes

103-814 Goldstream Ave  Victoria,  BC  V9B 2X7 

Mobile: 778-678-5466

Phone: (250) 384-8124

Toll Free: 1-800-665-5303

Fax: 250-380-6355