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03
Aug
2017

DOES YOUR AGENT HAVE YOUR VISION IN MIND?

By David Brothers


I've lived in the Tampa Bay area for 54 years, 41 of those in Clearwater and Largo.  Over time, I've owned, bought and sold multiple residential properties and watched my parents do the same.  I've dealt with numerous real estate agents as both a buyer and a seller, and I've yet to meet one I haven't liked.  Even the one I fired.  Seriously. 

That said, I have met a few who didn't inspire me much, and that has concerned me much more as a seller than as a buyer.  All the backslap-how-ya-doin' hug-smile-grin and lightening-rod enthusiasm in the world can't replace vision.  Agents sometimes complain that some buyers don't have much vision.  And they're right, but they could help.

Let's face it, we’ve all viewed a listing online that initially appears to be exactly what we're looking for only to find that the photography was way better than the actual colors.  Many realtors will offer a generic suggestion that perhaps a new paint job or changing out the carpet would “spruce things up.”  There we stand, struggling to suppress at least a healthy eye-roll.  Are they kidding?  How obvious is it that new paint would dramatically change things?  Why can't I be offered more “practical advice” that I could actually use to help me decide whether this home is an option for me or not?

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25
May
2016

Choosing the Right Agent

If you’ve decided buy or sell your home, you need to find the right real estate agent. What does that mean, the “right” agent? Of course if you’re selling, that means that you want someone to help you get the best possible sales price with the best possible terms. If you are buying, you will also be concerned with their negotiation skills and knowledge. So how do you find an agent that can accomplish this for you? While it’s tempting to use Aunt Dottie or the nice man that you talk to at Starbucks, but for most people, this is one of the largest financial transactions of their lives and should be treated that way.

Research

It’s time to do some homework. Selling a home is part skill and experience of the agent but it’s also marketing. At a minimum, you want an agent who has access to your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and the big syndicated sites like Zillow and Realtor.com. Today over 70% of buyers start their search on the Internet. You also want an agent with an online presence. Look at their websites and see if they have an independent online following of their own.

Meeting with Agents

Once you’ve found an agent, or a couple of agents, that seem to be active in your community, it’s time to meet them. There may or may not be a reason to interview more than one agent: you might find the first one gives you the right information and hire them right away.

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