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Find The Right Real Estate Agent For You

A real estate agent is someone you will be in frequent contact with throughout the buying or selling process, so you want to carefully choose someone who you feel comfortable working with and are confident will serve your best interests. There are many specific factors to consider when determining whether someone is the right agent for you, and this should be done on a case by case basis depending on what your unique needs are.

  • Is this commercial real estate transaction or residential real estate transaction?
  • Are you buying a property or selling a property?
  • What neighborhood or area is the property you want to sell/buy located in?
  • What price range does the property you want to sell/buy fall into?
  • Are you looking for a starter home or a place to spend your retired years?

You want a real estate agent who has the proper qualifications and experience to be able to assist you. An agent may have a great track record of selling residential properties but limited experience with commercial real estate. Likewise, an agent may be more knowledgeable about certain neighborhoods than others. The right agent for you is one with a body of experience that matches your circumstances.

How do you find such an agent?

  • Ask for recommendation from friends and families who have recently bought or sold a property similar to the one that you are selling or looking to buy.
  • Ask for a recommendation from other professionals involved with the real estate industry such as mortgage brokers.
  • Look online, but remember to do thorough research and check the profile and credentials of any real estate agent you are considering.
  • Attend open houses to meet real estate agents in their working environment, This will allow you to get an idea of their professionalism and abilities.

Once you have collected a few business cards or phone numbers, it is time to dig deeper. Don’t hesitate to ask a real estate agent about:

  • Their level of experience with real estate transactions similar to yours
  • How many years of experience they have
  • Whether they are a Realtor®
  • How familiar they are with the neighborhood you are looking at
  • Do they have any specializations or designations?

These are all important for you to know. You may also request references or a list of properties they’ve sold recently. You can verify that they are licensed by contacting the real estate board for your state. They will also be able to inform you if the agent has had any disciplinary actions or complaints brought against them.

Do not feel obligated to sign an agreement with the first real estate agent that you talk to. If you don’t feel as though they are right for you, move on and keep searching. A real estate transaction is a major exchange of assets, and you want someone who you can trust to represent your best interests in the matter for a smooth and satisfactory experience.

 

 

Tips For Staging Your Home

When selling a home, appearance matters. It is human nature to make snap judgments based on first impressions. Even though buyers know that the furnishings are separate from the house and can easily be rearranged or replaced, it will still greatly influence how they perceive the property and its value. It can be difficult for buyers to see past cluttered and disorganized rooms to realize the hidden potential that is there. That is why sellers need to make smart staging decisions to draw focus to the best features of the house. You can’t just tell people how spacious or great your home is, you need to visually show them.

I cannot emphasize enough to my clients the importance of staging their home for optimal presentation. While your house is on the market, it needs to be looking its best at all times, which may require some extra effort on your part. You never know when an interested buyer might call to schedule a showing, and you should be ready to go when they are. There will be some minor inconveniences that you will have to put up with during the selling process, but that is exactly why you want to go above and beyond to market your home well and get it sold quickly. In the end, a few additional expenses and a little elbow grease can go a long way to helping you find a serious buyer.

Here a few tips for staging your home that you can do yourself on a limited budget. Consult your real estate agent before proceeding with any expensive or drastic makeovers to ensure that you will be able to get a return on your investment – otherwise, you’ll just be throwing money away.

Make Your Home A House

  • Strip away all personal effects such as family photos, memorabilia, and keepsakes and store them away safely. They can be distracting and may make your home seem cluttered.

Think In Small Clusters

  • Ideal arrangement for your furniture is to create small groupings with plenty of open space surrounding them. This will make your home look more spacious.

Highlight Selling Points

  • Features such as fireplaces or cathedral ceilings can be great selling points. Arrange your furniture in a way that will make sure buyers take notice. Place your sofa facing the fireplace or invest in a chandelier to hang, for example.

Create Purpose

  • It should be clear what every room in the home is used for or can be used for. Furnish each room so that it serves a single, obvious purpose. This also applies to finished basements and dens.

Minimal Is Best

  • Eclectic does not appeal to everyone. Keep the decorations and furnishings to a bare minimum to open up more floor and counter space, and prevent your home from looking cramped or cluttered.

Maximize Storage Space

  • Storage space is something that everyone needs more of, so capitalize on that by adding built-in shelves where appropriate. Buyers will also take a peek into closets and storage areas so tidy them up and remove any clutter.

Go For Neutral

  • Repaint your home warm, neutral colors for mass appeal.

Brighten Up

  • Make sure to change all your light bulbs and place a few extra lamps in areas that are lacking light. You want your home to look bright and welcoming, not dark and spooky.

Don’t Forget Outside

  • The façade will be the first thing buyers see, so it is important not to overlook the exterior of your home.

 

Selling & Buying Tips – By Theresa

Real estate can be an exciting and highly rewarding career for those who are self-motivated, driven, and passionate. Through the course of your work, you are able to help many people make major transitions and cross new milestones in their lives. Whether it is someone buying their first home, a couple upgrading in anticipation of their first baby, or seniors downsizing to move into a quaint retirement community, the job is just as much about the buyers and sellers as the properties. You get to interact with people from all walks of life and build real connections. After all, being a great real estate agent requires the trust, respect, and confidence of your clients, and to earn those things you must be willing to listen and understand their wants and needs.

I have been a licensed real estate agent for over 15 years. I love my job and genuinely look forward to going to work every day, and working with my clients to achieve their buying or selling goals. My enthusiasm has not waned over the years, In fact, I find myself more invested in the work that I do with every successful transaction. The results of my hard work are plain for me to see in the smiles and excitement of my clients when the deal reaches the closing table.

It’s not always easy, and there are plenty of frustrating and heartbreaking moments as well when, for one reason or another, an agreement just can’t be reached or a deal falls through despite everyone’s best efforts. There is an element of unpredictability to the job – no one can foresee a termite infestation derailing negotiations or a sudden job loss changing the financial situation for a buyer. On those days, it’s just best to roll with the punches.

While I am not defined by my occupation, it is a huge part of my life and something that gives me great pride and satisfaction. I can say with absolute honesty that it is more than just a job to me, it’s a passion. It gives me energy rather than exhausting me. So after some consideration, I’ve decided to start a real estate blog to share some advice with property buyers and sellers. This allows me to put my interest and passion to best use for the benefit of others.

I will be posting tips for both property buyers and sellers to help ensure they are taking all the right steps for a successful experience with their real estate transaction. Posts will cover such topics as:

  • Staging Tips
  • Setting Realistic Expectations As A Buyer
  • Mistakes To Avoid As A Seller
  • What to Expect at a Home Inspection
  • A Guide For Effective Negotiation
  • How To Find The Right Real Estate Agent For You
  • Tips For Marketing Your Home
  • And more…

If you are thinking about buying or listing a home, don’t forget to do your research!