Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Zak Allen
It can be hard to be a Real Estate Agent with the advancements of technology. Now a days sites like Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia are trying to take us out of the picture. Have you ever called a cell phone company or a customer service line for anything you need to call? It can really be inconvenient! Actually it can make your blood boil, and make you feel like your brain is melting out your ears!!!!
I personally don't think there will ever be a time for Agents to be middled out of anything. They've said the same thing about Agents and other salespeople for years. Car salesman are still around, as well as agents, cell phone sales people you name it. I personally believe in high quality service, communication, protection and killer performnace for my clients. I cannot imagine a computer offering me that same feel. Half the time any thing computer related just pisses me off. Nothing in this world is perfect, people aren't perfect, neither Is technology. Half the time technolog ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Zak Allen
Today I had the honor of sitting in a meeting with the rest of the agents at Haven and meeting with a national builder who has touched ground in Spokane to start building over 200 homes!!!! They plan on doing all of that just this year too! Sounds like most the price points will be about 200-700,000$. They have projects all over Spokane including Cheney and the South Hill and more, there could even be a possibility of expanding into Idaho! Spokane is reported to have about 20,000 people move here just this year! With business's like Amazon coming here, possibly Boeing and the Air Force in Airway expanding, business are coming in like wildfire at this point. The issue? It's so hard to find new construction and anything else home related for that matter! A lot of builders are taking 8-14 months to build a home. And that can be a long daunting process. I can't imagine trying to take a year out of my life waiting for where I wanna I've to be built.
Thats where Dr Horton has come t ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 / by Zak Allen
Spokane is in the middle of a seller market. For sellers it is a sellers paradise. For buyers it can be feast or famine, or just a giant headache. A seller’s market simply means that demand has started to exceed supply. Subsequently, these conditions benefit landlords as well. With this, sellers have the ability to raise prices because they know there is enough interest to meet that price. This gives sellers more freedom to pick and choose between multiple offers. No more looking at the strongest offer or the one most likely to close, they can now look at the highest price and decide from a position of strength. Sellers will have a stronger position when negotiating with a buyer in a seller’s market. There is an underlying fear with a buyer that another offer will come in while negotiating with a seller so the buyer is more willing to concede so that they can lock in the purchase agreement. This may have to do with the price but often it has to do with closing dates a ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / by Zak Allen
One of the questions I have gotten a lot is, "how accurate is Zillow on their estimates of my house."
The answer 9/10 times is NOT CLOSE. There are more tools available than ever for the average person interested in buying or selling a home. The internet provides numerous resources for everything related to real estate – locating properties, viewing, listing, advice on buying and selling and even pricing calculators. Zillow is not one I would recommend.
How Zillow Estimates Work
Zillow uses a proprietary formula to determine the value of a home based off of information the website has obtained from public records and information entered by users. I have had clients just type in information about there house and boom the value will rise through the roof. I don't believe Zillow factors in all the data with how the market is , and specifics to the area.
In Spokane, a shop is more desirable than a pool. Now maybe not ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / by Zak Allen
My job as a realtor means I have to disclose facts. Disclosing facts to all parties involved. And wether I am representing the seller or buyer, I owe everything I got to whoever I am working with and their best interests. Dual agency is a situation where I would be listing your home to sell, and a buyer would walk in, not have an agent and make an offer on your house, which I would write up for them. That creates dual agency, which is legal and if okay with parties. I do not agree with dual agency at all. If you know anyone that has done this before maybe it has gone well, but my opinion is this: How can I represent you as a seller and try to get you a sale at the highest price, while I try to get the buyer the best deal at the lowest price? To me there is no way to best represent both parties. How would I even try to hide things that each party has told me. To best do this without crossing lines I would have to be nothing but a paper pusher and let you the seller and buyer figure out ...