Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
In this DIY-age, it is easy to want to do everything by yourself. Saving money is great, and there are so many things today that we can do on our own after a simple Google search and a YouTube video or two. While sometimes doing it yourself saves you a few dollars, that isn’t always the case when selling your home.
When looking at it from the outside, the For Sale By Owner option, or FSBO, may seem great. With a standard Realtor commission of 5-6%, wouldn’t it make sense to save yourself that money? Think again. In most cases, people choosing to take the FSBO route end up losing more than that when they try to sell on their own. Here are a few reasons to consider forgoing FSBO and hiring an agent.
1. Keeping emotions out can be difficult
Your home typically means something to you. It is where you’ve created memories. Because of that, it can be difficult to remove your emotions from a sale. Agents are there to be a mediator for rejections or nega ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
During the home-buying process, you will collaborate with and speak with your real estate agent more than any other party involved. This person will be your right hand, support system, and, in some cases, your eyes and ears. Most importantly, they will be the expert throughout the home search or home selling process. Find an agent that fits your needs and they'll work for you to find the ideal home at the price point you can afford.
Not every agent is the same. Take a look at their history of homes sold in the past 6 months to a year. If they have just a few, then you know that this not their number one priority. They may work another job, which may not be in the best interest for you.
There are typically two agents involved in a transaction. The agents are the buyer's agent who represents the buyer and buyer only. There is also the seller's agent who represents the seller and their property. Both agents work on a commission averaging 3% for each agent. This cos ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
When choosing an agent, they should not only be good listeners, communicate, and be knowledgeable, they should EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and NEGOTIATE for YOU!
Here are some tips to use while interviewing real estate agents for purchasing and selling homes:
Finding a Quality Agent:
You have found a lender. Lenders interact with tons of agents over the years and can usually point buyers in the right direction towards professional agents that provide the BEST customer service and efficient documentation to the lender. TRUST your lender's opinion, especially if the lender is local.
Friends and Family:
Know any friends and family that have recently sold or purchased a home? ASK them for suggestions! They will probably give you the BEST review of an agent and the experience they had with them... whether it was good or bad.
Check out Reviews:
How do buy online? We look at reviews! I know you are looking at Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia to ...
Sunday, April 21, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
Your agent has told you the dangers of staying in the home during showings, but you just KNOW if you can really highlight all of the features that aren’t obvious, you can sell your home better. And besides...who wants strangers walking through their home without them?? So, against your agent’s advice you decide to be the personal tour guide for prospective buyers.
First and foremost, Buyers feel very uncomfortable spending time in a stranger’s home with that stranger still in the home, let alone looking over their shoulder. The goal is to have the buyer feel immediately comfortable upon entering the home and create an atmosphere where they can linger and begin to imagine themselves and/or their family living in this home. Buyer’s love to snoop and look in closets and kitchen cabinets evaluating how they can utilize the potential use of space. They want to know how clean you’ve kept it, how well it has been maintained, how it smells, scrutini ...
Friday, April 19, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:
1. The people
You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way you don’t get to in many other careers.
2. No two days are ever the same
If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kill ...