Why You Need A
You’re Selling a Home…
You probably know that working
with a Realtor is an indispensable part of selling your home.
For one thing, your Realtor can list your property in the
Multiple Listing Service (MLS), providing your home with
incomparable exposure and ensuring you have as many Realtors as
possible helping to find a buyer. But that’s not all a Realtor
does to market your home. He or she knows how to specifically
target advertising to reach buyers for your home, and uses all
the marketing tools available to ensure that your home is sold
expediently. Additionally, a Realtor conducts a variety of other
marketing efforts on your behalf, from holding open houses and
handling phone inquiries to showing your home to the prospective
does a Realtor do for you besides finding buyers?
Plenty. A Realtor provides
information on local market conditions to help you price your
property realistically and fairly, and keeps you abreast of
changes in the market which may affect your property. And let’s
face it: buying or selling a home means paperwork, lots of it.
When it comes to closing, a Realtor can be invaluable, leading
you through the paper trail with a steady hand, and
familiarizing you with insurance, property disclosures and
inspection procedures, to name a few.
Where Do You Find A Realtor?
Like finding any good
professional, the best way to locate a Realtor is through
recommendations from friends or those who have bought or sold
homes recently. Ask for references and check each thoroughly.
Also, interview several Realtors before you decide on one.
important to find a professional realtor who as a member of the
local state and national trade associations, adheres to a strict
code of ethics. Recently, the National Association of Realtors
commissioned a nationwide survey to determine whether Realtors
were doing their job professionally. The results were
impressive: 97 percent of respondents indicated they received
“excellent” or “very good” service from their Realtor.
Real Estate Agents and Brokers – The Proven Professionals
Structuring transactions, arranging financing and finding the
right buyers are some of the keys to success. There are few
entities that know as much about the trends in today’s market as
your local real estate agent or broker.
estate has become a very complicated business. Selling (or
buying) a home can be one of the most important financial
transactions in your life. That’s why it pays to work with a
professional who specializes in this field - - a licensed real
estate agent or broker.
a licenses agent or broker requires thorough training and
examination. Florida requires continuing education in real
estate every two years for license renewal.
Pays to Use a Professional
When you use an agent, you’ll
get the benefit of professional experience from the moment you
consider selling your house. Your agent will help you
establish a fair market value from his or her daily dealings
in your neighborhood, and arrange financing terms that make it
easier to obtain a quick sale, helping you receive the equity
in your home.
If you wish to participate in
financing the purchase of your property, your agent or broker
can structure a workable plan that helps reduce risk from
unusual terms - - and give you an estimate of the anticipated
yield from carrying a property-secured financing plan.
Real estate agents are
professionals at marketing properties - - that’s their job.
They can choose the media - - and the message - - that brings
interested prospects to your home. They’ll interview and
qualify buyers for you. They’ll use their sales skills and
negotiating techniques to help you
receive the best possible
return on your sale.
Every brokerage office has a
steady stream of prospects that no individual can match.
National referral networks and multiple listing services also
help to reach buyers from out of town - - or out of state.
Many corporate relocation clients may be working with a broker
before a move is made.
When you work with an agent
or broker, they will follow-up with other agents who have
shown your property and share their constructive comments on
cosmetic repairs, financing arrangements, or re-evaluating
your list price.
An agreement between buyer
and seller is just the beginning of a final transaction. From
that point on your agent or broker can handle the details and
paperwork necessary to make it complete: from building and
termite reports to fire insurance and closing arrangements
with the title company
As an expert in real estate,
your agent or broker will give you advance estimates of your
closing costs and net proceeds from the sale, as well as
keeping you informed of the details to assure a smooth and
You Are Buying a Home
of us, a home is the single biggest purchase in our lives. The
enormity of the financial transaction aside, finding the right
home to fit our particular needs and wants is no easy
undertaking. Just as you wouldn’t buy a car, computer, or
camcorder without doing some research into various models and
prices, you shouldn’t consider purchasing a home without some
expert advice and guidance. Though some people may think of
using the services of a Realtor only when selling their homes, a
Realtor can be invaluable when buying one as well.
instance, a Realtor can help you determine how much home you can
afford based on your financial situation, help you get
prequalified for a loan, and even inform you about available
financing options. A Realtor also is an expert on the
neighborhood, and can provide detailed information about
schools, transportation, local taxes and community
characteristics. Using a Realtor also means gaining access to
homes listed in Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an important
marketing tool used by the Realtor to inform other Realtors
about available properties. That means a Realtor can give you
information about a wide range of available homes from which to
choose. When it comes to finding out if you’re paying too much,
a Realtor can provide you with market analyses comparing asking
and selling prices of homes in the neighborhood. Finally, a
Realtor can serve as the liaison between you and the seller,
bringing to the table negotiating expertise and knowledge about
required disclosures and the housing market.
feel free to call our office if you have any questions.
Fort Myers, FL
Lehigh Acres, FL