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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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Finding the Agent Who Works Best for You

Ah. The search for the perfect Realtor has begun. So, how do you know which one is right for your family and your real estate needs? Sure, you want someone with whom you have good rapport, but you should also be looking to hire someone who has the same goals that you do for the sale and/or purchase of your home. You need someone who will be an excellent advocate for you.

To start your search, ask around. Who has a great reputation in the area? Keep in mind that your friends can be a big help, but choosing your best friend’s brother might not always be the best way to go. Search the Internet or local real estate magazines. Who has the numbers to prove that they are good at what they do?

Once you narrow down your options, start the interview process the first time you talk to or meet with your potential agent. Ask the questions that you really want to ask up front so you better understand the process and begin to see how well the agent knows his or her stuff. What’s their plan for marketing your home? Do his or her goals sound similar to what you and your family were already thinking? How extensive is his or her knowledge of the area where you’re wanting to buy a home? Are they open to showing you homes in several different areas? Of course you can always look online for local real estate, but what additional insight can the agent give you about what has sold and how much they think your home is worth?

Once you find a great match for your selling or buying needs, the best thing to do is to trust your Realtor's expertise and advice. According to San Francisco, Cal., Broker Tara-Nicholle Nelson on Trulia.com, “If you don’t trust your agent, then you’re very likely to push back on their pricing recommendations, timing recommendations, and marketing recommendations, or otherwise fail to fully get on board. That, in turn, complicates their job and minimizes the benefits you stand to gain from their experience.” Nelson says in another article on Trulia.com that, “Hiring the best agent ever means very, very little if you refuse to follow their advice, whether your reasons for refusing are right or wrong.”

Allow your agent to work for you to make the process as painless as possible. I’ve been working as a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market for more than 14 years. Contact me and let’s see if I’m the best fit for your current real estate needs. I’d be honored to serve you.

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Posted on 07/24/2013 3:55 PM by Jarod
Saturday, 20 July 2013
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Who’s Best for the Sale of Your Home?

So you’ve decided to take advantage of the hot Middle Tennesse real estate market, and now you’ve got to make the important decision of WHO is going to spend the time it takes to sell your home. There are many opinions on whether you should hire a Realtor or attempt a For Sale by Owner approach, but you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons to see what is best for you and your family.

Most proponents of FSBO will tell you that with the evolution of social media, getting the word out about your home has become much easier. You post your listing to all 700 of your Facebook friends, on Craigslist, or use a service like Forsalebyowner.com, and then you sit back and wait for someone to come to you. For some, this works great, and you get the added bonus of keeping commission dollars in your pocket, which is the number one driving force behind those who choose FSBO.

On the flip side, if you list your home with a real estate agent, you’ll have use of MLS (multiple listing service), which allows thousands of people to see your home. And when you’re trying to buy, Realtors also know of listings that have not been made public for various reasons.

U.S. News and World Report asked the question, “So is independent home selling right for you?” They answered their own question with, “Perhaps it's best to look at the question this way: Do you have the time and energy to take on a part-time job that pays roughly 6 percent of the selling price of your home? If the answer is yes, consider going solo. If not, hire a pro.”

Snapflyers.com recently posted an infographic using data collected by thousands of people who had just completed the sale of their homes. In a nutshell, the information concluded that most For Sale by Owner homes stay on the market longer, bring in smaller offers, and at least 20% end up listing with an agent anyway.

According to those included in the data, “The most difficult problem FSBOs faced was drawing up the contracts and understanding the legal paperwork involved in selling a house.” If you have any kind of a background in real estate or in legal paperwork, that part might be a breeze for you. You’ll need to consider how much time and experience you have to invest in the legal end of your sale.

Brentwood, Tenn., based financial guru Dave Ramsey said, “Research has shown that between basic mistakes, pricing errors, and lack of negotiation skills, you’ll cost yourself more than the agent’s commission by trying to sell it yourself.
 Trust me, you’ll get a much better deal—with a lot less hassle—by using a top-flight real estate agent!” 

After reviewing the realities of your pros and cons on both sides of this decision, give me a call if you decide to go with a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., area. I’d love to help answer your questions and take care of the details for you.

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Posted on 07/20/2013 4:10 PM by Jarod
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