What makes a great real estate agent?
Don and I have always found this to be the toughest question
for clients to determine for themselves.
Usually you don’t know if someone has fought the good fight for you or saved you some money, until the transaction is over. So, we thought we would help you get to know us, what experiences have we had, that make us different from other agents.
Don is a nerd who loves technology.
He knows almost everything there is to know about it. On long drives to visit our parents we put podcasts on about the latest technology. What works, what is a waste of time, and what you can’t live without. Through osmosis, I became a little geek.
As a result, we understand the importance of technology for our clients.
- Faster response time to our clients
- Electronic signing of documents--speeds up the process and let’s you get a jump on the other offers
- Digital photos and virtual home tours of the homes you are interested in—not just the shots on the listing. Helps you when you can’t get free from work fast enough
- Interactive virtual tours, video tours and online listings, if you are selling
- We love photography so we are picky about the pictures that go on your listing
- Yes we text, tweet, blog and otherwise keep our clients updated on the market
- Know the websites to find about lot lines, title issues and where to find crime statistics
- We also know what apps and pages work well and give you the accurate information you need and which are behind the times
We do understand that technology is not for everyone.
We still do the “face-to-face” with our clients, and happily show homes to people all the time. We even come to your signing when you are getting ready to close, but we want you to know you have someone on your team that can use technology to your best advantage.
Designing & Decorating Homes
Staging a home is critical to the sale.
Susie is the visual person in this company. She knows how to create an atmosphere in the home, and she does this as part of our normal service. With the popularity of home décor shows these days, it is critical that your house is staged correctly.
- Staging increases the possible sale price of your home
- It reduces the “time on market” that your home is listed
- We help determine critical changes that need to be made in preparation to listing your home
- Advising when some repairs or improvements may not be worth the money
- The most important advice—strategies for de-cluttering.
Nothing is more to your advantage than having an agent who has already "been there and done that."
Some of the not-so-usual tangles that we get involved in (and less experienced agents may not have seen yet) include:
- The ins and outs of foreclosures, short sales and government owned homes
- Well tests
- Home Owner’s Associations for condo’s and homes
- Assistance with prorating heating fuel/propane when it comes time to close a sale
- Septic tanks—coordinating what is required, who is responsible, handling unexpected trouble, dealing with the County
- City and county sewer capacity charges
- Backflow tests
- Dealing with old oil tanks, both above and below ground
- Working with your lender to pre-emptively handle issues before you make an offer, to guard against unnecessarily spending of your money on appraisals and inspections
- Advice on whether the house you are interested in will qualify for the type of financing you are using
- New Construction—negotiations can be much different when buying from the builder of a new home vs. a previous owner
Thinking about investing in rental property?
Our experience, dating back to 2004 when we bought our first rental property, has expanded our overall real estate knowledge by leaps and bounds. We have many stories of the good and the bad — we've dealt with fires and floods, lawsuits and evictions, and just about everything in between.
- We have first-hand information as to why you may need a “sewer scope” in certain communities, and how to interpret the results
- Because of our tenant screening experience with tenants. We have a unique perspective on good credit, bad credit and credit as a result of unforeseen circumstances
- We understand structural damage, and likely costs of repairs, when you are interested in a house that is in less than perfect condition
- We have experience with what really is covered by insurance and what is not
If you are interested in owning rental property of your own,
we would be happy to advise you on:
- How to determine the rent
- How to analyze the property to determine if the property has good cash flow
- Analyze the property to determine Return on Investment
- How to market your rental and screen tenants
- How to handle billing, late payments, security deposits
- How to prepare for an eviction and ultimately decide if it is worth going through with it
- If you do win an eviction judgement, we can advise you as to how to actually collect your money.