Selling a Home
As a Realtor® I can help you sell your home by marketing it to the largest audience of interested buyers. Through market research and pulling valid comparables (comps) I help you determine the most aggressive and fair selling price for your property. It takes a lot more than just putting a "For Sale" sign in your yard. By also providing home staging and home selling tips my goal is to help you sell your property quickly, and at a fair current market value that will help you gain your return.
Why Use a Realtor When Selling Your Home?
•Determining the Best Price- Your real estate agent or Realtor can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in your local marketplace, as well as the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in marketing your home and selling it at the best price. Often, your agent can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of the property.
•Marketing Expertise- Marketing exposes your property to the public as well as to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service, other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, and so on. In many markets, a substantial portion of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer.
•Negotiating- Your agent can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing — a lot of possible pitfalls.
•Monitoring, Re-negotiating and Closing- Between the initial sales agreement and the closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, there are unexpected repairs that require the buyer to obtain financing, or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your agent is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing.
•Getting the Realtor® Guarantee- Only real estate agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors are called Realtors®. They proudly display the Realtor® logo on their business card, website, and marketing. Realtors subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. Realtors are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly.
•Getting Expert Assistance- Finally, consider the scale of your transaction. Selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. Considering the relatively small cost of hiring a Realtor and the large potential risk of not hiring one, it’s smart to find a professional to sell your home.
Buying a Home
As a Realtor® I can help you when you decide to buy a home and also guide you in the process to buy that home once you find it. By using my tools as a Realtor I can help to determine a fair price to offer and also prepare the contract to submit. Walking you through the process step by step to ensure you get the proper inspections and request appropriate repairs will help you feel confident in knowing you have purchased a quality home. Best of all... as a buyer you don't have to pay anything for these services. The seller pays the Realtor® fees!
Why Use a Realtor When Buying a Home?
•Access to every home that's on the market via MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and all other sources, including ones that may not be listed publicly.
•Inside track to the deals before they event hit the market.
•The ability to combine your Dream House Checklist with your price range.
•Knowledge of recent comps (comparables) — what similar properties have sold recently and for how much.
•Ability to negotiate with the sellers on your behalf.
•The inside scoop from the sellers' agents.
•Expertise to negotiate and close the deal.
•Experience to manage the legalities of foreclosures or other distressed properties.
•Muscle to get a deal through the escrow or "under contract" period.
•A litany of referrals for inspectors, mortgage brokers, and even tradesman for renovations.
•Objective professional advice when you have your buyer's remorse meltdown.