Why should I hire a real estate agent? A great agent will guide you through the home search with an unbiased eye, helping you meet your buying objectives while staying within your budget.
We think the most important first step is to understand what you and your family are dreaming of. This means listening and talking only when it’s necessary to better understand your needs. Once we understand, we can use our area knowledge and experience to match available properties to your dreams.
We know more about real estate in this area than any other firm. And we’re connected. We have an established network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. We know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing and can provide both a list of references and the background information you need to make a wise selection. There’s a good chance we’ve been involved with properties you are interested in since they were built or first offered for sale. We not only know the properties, we know their history, so we can focus on offerings that meet your needs and avoid the ones that don’t.
We know the up-to-date market conditions that govern the selling or buying process. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do. We will share this information with you and explain its impact.
Top producing agents like ours negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It’s part of their job description. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer’s offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client’s case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests. Also, we exclusively represent YOU. Unlike many other firms, we are not dual agents representing both the buyer and seller.
One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today’s purchase agreements run 10 pages or more. That does not include the federal- and state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. Most real estate files are one to three inches thick. We know how to minimize your effort while protecting you from mistakes or omissions. We will shield you from overly-aggressive sellers and agents. But even the smoothest transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to us can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. We are ready to assist you, and that readiness doesn’t end at closing.
If you are looking at a vacation property, and want to consider renting, we can show you how to offset your costs. Chances are that we have the rental history of exactly the property you are interested in and will be happy to go over it with you. We can help you understand the financials, and show you what to expect.
We are honored to have built a base of happy, satisfied clients since the early 1970’s. We have served many clients many times, both as buyers and then as sellers. We would be happy to share some of their experiences with you and hope to count you as our client in the near future.