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Monday, June 11, 2018

These 8 Questions Will Determine Whether Your Realtor Is Right for You

As a home seller, there are eight key questions you should ask a Realtor before hiring them.

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If you’re selling your home and you’re interviewing a Realtor to represent you, here are eight questions you need to ask them before hiring them:

1. “How much experience do you have?” By “experience,” I mean how many transactions they’ve worked from beginning to end—not how many years they’ve been in the business. I’ve met plenty of agents who brag about being in the business for 30 years but only sell two or three homes a year. That’s not the same as someone who’s relatively new to the business but still sells 90 homes per year. 

2. “What do your sales numbers look like?” The key here is not to ask about their list-to-sale price ratio, as that can be skewed in a market like ours where multiple offer situations are common. Rather, you should ask about how many homes they’ve listed and how many of those homes sold. 

3. “What specifically are you going to do for me?” Other than putting a sign in your yard and entering your home into the MLS, what else will they do for you? What’s their monthly marketing budget? What does their buyer acquisition plan look like? The answers to these questions are a tell-tale sign of what your agent has in store for you. 
These questions will help you when you interview your next Realtor.
4. “Do you have references?” It doesn’t hurt to ask about an agent’s previous clients and how they fared working with them. 

5. “What is your cancellation guarantee?” Do they even have a cancellation guarantee that allows you to cancel your contract if you want? This is another tell-tale sign of whether an agent is confident in their ability to get your home sold and put their money where their mouth is. 

6. “How much do you charge?” This is very important for obvious reasons. 

7. “Are you part of a team or are you an individual agent?” Some sellers prefer to work with the same person from the beginning of the transaction all the way to the end, while others just want to work with the best person for each situation. This question will help you understand what will happen during the process so you can set your expectations accordingly. 

8. “How did you arrive at the suggested listed price?” An agent will suggest a list price for your home, and they should have an explanation as to how they came up with that price. 

If you have any more questions about what to ask an agent before hiring them or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We are so grateful for YOU! 😍

You all have made my Valentine’s Day! We recently sent out a small token of appreciation, and the outpouring of love and thanks in return has been incredible.

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You should have all received your Valentine’s Day card from Riddle Realty, along with your delicious brownies. 

I am just so grateful to all of you because we have received a huge outpouring of love back. We sent these out to our family, friends, and clients that have supported us over the years as a little token to say hello, and you all have made it bigger than anything. 
You all have made my Valentine’s Day!
We are getting messages on Facebook and our email is blowing up with thank yous, and it is such a wonderful feeling. You all have made my Valentine’s Day—thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day as well.

Friday, January 26, 2018

What Happens to Your Contact Info on Real Estate Sites?

You are searching for homes on a Realtor’s website when a box pops up asking for your contact information. What happens after you enter it?

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When you search for real estate information, you will come across many websites that ask you for your contact information. 

My website will ask you for your contact information, which then simply goes to our team. I don’t sell that information or do anything else with it other than call you back to see how we can better serve you. 

I get comments on our website all of the time from people who say, “I would like to look at homes without entering my contact information.”

In the spirit of transparency, we are only getting your contact information to see if you need further help. 

On the other hand, there are other websites that promise great things only to sell your information down the road. 

For example, there is a down payment assistance website that looks very official. It looks like a government website, and it talks about all of this grant money it can get you so that you can purchase a home without a down payment. 
We will never sell your information to anyone.
That program does exist, we have helped many buyers get into a home like that. 

However, if you enter your contact information into that website, they will sell it to any Realtor who wants to pay for it. 

When you enter your contact information on our home search website, we will call you to help you find a home. This other website does not connect you with a lender or financial institution to help you get this grant. Instead, they send your information to Realtors across the country who may or may not understand how this program works. 

Ultimately, it’s important to find out what will happen to your contact information before you enter it in any website. 

If you are looking to buy or sell in any area, go to a Realtor’s website. Find the best of the best. Look for a Realtor who has tons of experience and can answer your questions. 

We are here to help you. If you have any questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!