What We Do
As Real Estate Professionals we can help you through the stages of the buying and selling process.
As a Buyer's Representative we will:
- Be your adviser and advocate during the entire buying process.
- Take time to uncover the the your needs and wants as well as what’s motivating your purchase.
- Educate you on current market conditions.
- Find a way for you to attain as many of your needs as possible when dealing with the realities of the marketplace and/or specific financial constraints.
- Research homes in the area and sort through active listings to make suggestions after cross-referencing buyer’s needs.
- Help you achieve your lifestyle needs with a different set of features than originally anticipated. (this is particularly useful when dealing with financial constraints)
- Aid you in narrowing your search until you have identified your top choices.
- Handle the ins and outs of the negotiation process including the preparation of all necessary forms when making your offer and/or counteroffer.
- Provide oversight and follow up for any inspections deemed necessary.
- Counsel the you on how to handle any repairs needed on the property.
- Be present at closing to ensure that all the your interests are protected.
As a Seller's Representative we will:
At the simplest level, a real estate licensee represents buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of "real property" (e.g., a house). When you were looking to buy, the licensee you worked with probably spent most of his or her time showing you houses, which is probably why so many people think that’s primarily what real estate licensees do.
When you’re selling, though, showing your house is actually a very small part of an licensee’s job. Assuming you’re working with a full-service licensee and that they’re doing a good job, they’ll also be doing most or all of the following:
- Help you price your house: A good real estate licensee will understand the local market in general and conduct a Comparative Market Analysis or CMA to help set a specific price. The trick is to get the highest price you can without scaring off potential buyers.
- Provide advice on how to present the house: From curb appeal to emptied closets, licensees know how to highlight the amenities buyers want.
- Market the house to buyers: For Sale signs, Internet advertising, direct-mail fliers, newspaper ads, and showings — they’re all tools to get buyers to take a closer look.
- Market the house to other real estate licensees: Truth be told, an licensee’s most important target market is not home buyers, but rather other licensees. And their most powerful weapon is the MLS or Multiple Listing Service, which, by the way, got its name from “listing” licensees.
- Represent you during negotiations: Once an offer is made, your licensee becomes part messenger, part manager, handling counter offers and contingency issues and following the paper trail from initial offer to final closing.
For a more detail on specifically what a Real Estate Licensee will do for you, a good read is 184 Tasks Agents Do For You.