Finding the RIGHT REALTOR

Finding the right real estate agent to help you buy or sell your home is a task you cannot take lightly. With so many realtors out there making sure you find one tImage titlehat you can work well with and has your best interest can be a task. Remember you will be working with this person for months, possibly years and he/she will know everything about you and your family before the transaction is complete. Compatible personalities should be the first thing you look for and then look for knowledge of the market and industry as a whole.

It is unfortunate for our industry but many realtors are thrown out into the market
to find customers and sell homes but have very little if any training other than taking a web based training class and passing a state issued exam. While that is commendable it does not give you market insight or the knowledge needed to identify problems with homes and provide pricing advice as well as other advice that is expected of your real estate agent.

Make sure you interview several agents and ask your family, friends and coworkers for referrals as well. If they had a great experience with a real estate professional it is likely you will have the same experience with the same realtor. If you know you have specific needs such as a language need or handicap then call your local board of realtors and ask for some recommendations and Google names to do further research.

Your home buying and selling experience will be a fun and exciting time in your life with the help of the right professional so make sure you take your time casting that role. When interviewing real estate agents always ask why they got into the business and if their answer is “To work less and get paid more” or something similar then keep interviewing the best of us in this business do it simply because we love it.

Is spring finally here?

It looked like spring was upon us and then snow flurries and freeze warnings reappear yesterday. Hopefully this weather is on its way out and pool season is here to stay. There are only a few weeks of school left and open house traffic tells me buyers are ready to make a move.
With interest rates still extremely low and some of the new no downpaymemt first home buyer programs more people are out shopping for their new home. I had over 20 buyers in my open house the past weekend which is one of the most successful opens I have ever held. We still have inventory but at this rate we will have less options for buyers so if you are looking to make a move this summer let’s start the process now. You can set up a free account on my website and get alerts when homes that meet your criteria list or have a price change. Visit http://www.sellingrocketcity.com to get started.

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House Hunting Tips for Couples

  1. Before you start to seriously search for that perfect home visit as many open houses and builders model homes as you can and make notes on floor plans you prefer, exterior styles, amenities that are a must and neighborhoods you really like. Knowing what you agree on beforehand will not only help your agent find the perfect home but will cut down on your frustration when you go out seriously looking.
  2. Interview several REALTORS® to find one that meshes with both your personalities because throughout this process you will be spending a lot of time together.
  3. Be flexible – It is highly unlikely that you are going to find a home that has everything you both want. As long as you can agree on the location, price and floor plan other items can be easily changed.
  4. Have fun – Remember that the home buying experience should be fun and rewarding so don’t get hung up on the little things and keep the bigger picture in mind. Can you see yourself enjoying this house for years to come and will it meet you and your family’s ever changing needs?

Two great homes located in Laurel Bend neighborhood

If you haven’t driven down Merdianville Bottom Rd lately then you haven’t seen that the road was re-routed to accommodate the extension of the runway at the airport. Right at the end of the new road you will find Laurel Bend it is a quiet, well maintained neighborhood that is about 6 years young. On Laurel Bend Dr I am selling two amazing homes one that includes a storm shelter, master suite, granite, large fenced yard and separate study with french doors and the other with hardwood floors throughout, granite in kitchen and a master suite with sitting area.

119 Laurel Bend Dr – offered at $219,500

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106 Laurel bend Dr – offered at $189,900

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