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Ask a real estate agent these questions

Hi folks,

So you are getting ready to put your home on the market but how do you choose which agent to use? Do you think we are all the same?

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Be Clear With Your Agent

Hi folks,

Many experts say that the best selling price is often achieved in the first few weeks of marketing, when the listing is fresh and exciting and all the unsatisfied purchasers converge eagerly on a new possibility. Often vendors think they have little impact on the sales outcome but their input can be crucial and the quality of the relationship between agent and client can make all the difference.

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Get an Agent, Not a Parrot!

Hi folks,

Real estate agents have a strong motivation to quote high when assessing the value of a house for sale, they want the listing! (In fact, the more professional agents don’t do this because it wastes everyone’s time and often leads to a no-sale stalemate.) Sadly, the more unrealistic vendors are about their own property, the more likely it is that agents will feel the need to up the potential selling price. But there are things home sellers can do to encourage frank dealings and make sure agents don’t over-quote to get your house for sale.

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Three Essential Criteria For Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago I offered suggestions on questions to interview the agent who you were considering using to sell your home. These are some more thoughts on that process.

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Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

Hi folks,

Spring is here and some of you will be getting ready to put your home on the market. If so, how do you choose which agent to use? Do you think we are all the same? If you do then there’s not a lot I can do for you and you should go with the cheapest and stop reading this now.

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Speak To Your Bank

Hi folks,

Thought I would aim this column at anyone thinking of buying a property whether as a first time buyer or selling to buy elsewhere. This may come as a surprise to regular readers of my musings but the real estate agents are not the most important cog in the buying wheel. We are the people to approach AFTER speaking with your bank or mortgage broker.

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What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent?

Hi folks,

Not sure I will like some of the replies to this question but “Is a real estate agent the pushy guy with the sales pitch or the expert with the local market knowledge who can help buyers get the statistics they need to make an informed buy?”

Certainly, there are some agents who think that they can achieve their goals by putting pressure on their clients but most experienced agents know that the best purchaser is the informed one. They know that purchasers who buy under pressure and with insufficient knowledge usually get cold feet before the contract is exchanged - a waste of time and effort for all parties.

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How to Have a Great Vendor/Agent Relation

Hi folks,

I thought I would address some issues that could potentially affect home owners who are going to come to market in the next few months, it seems logical as this is the time of year when there are generally more houses coming to market. So if the first 2 weeks on the market can set the scene what can we do to avoid any pitfalls. As a vendor, it’s worth remembering that the relationship between vendor and agent works best if there is an open line of communication. If the relationship breaks down, the sale outcome is usually affected and at this stage vendors often blame agents for a host of small things that could have been remedied early in the relationship.

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Vendor? Speak Your Mind.

Hi folks,

I thought I would address some issues that could potentially affect home owners who are going to come to market in the next few months, it seems logical as this is the time of year when there are generally more houses coming to market. So if the first 2 weeks on the market can set the scene, what can we do to avoid any pitfalls?

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Dealing With a Home Inspection

Hi folks,

Things I have seen over the years in Real Estate that shouldn’t still come as a surprise but do, number 10,344…..I was in conversation with a colleague last week when one topic we chatted about was how some vendors are reluctant to hand over the marketing of their home to an agent. They feel as anxious as parents teaching their teenagers to drive. Will the agents remember to leave the top lock when they unlock the front door? Will they leave a window open or shut the cat inside? Vendors since time immemorial have anxiously checked and cross checked every detail of the marketing with their agent, and I have to say that it is always good to check, especially if this provides the reassurance they need. But there is a time for vendors to stand back.

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