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Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Here is a great video from RealEstate.aol.com

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October 27, 2010 Posted by | Real Estate, Realtor | , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Should Work With a Realtor

Sharing another post from Realtor Magazine – Realtor.org

Why You Should Work With a REALTOR®

Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.

1. You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.

2. Get objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They’ll also be able to provide objective information about each property. A professional will be able to help you answer these two important questions: Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

3. Find the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.

4. Benefit from their negotiating experience. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5. Property marketing power. Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. When a property is marketed with the help of a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

6. Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.

7. REALTORS® have done it before. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.

8. Buying and selling is emotional. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.

9. Ethical treatment. Every member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® makes a commitment to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a customer of a REALTOR®, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. It is mandatory for REALTORS® to take the Code of Ethics orientation and they are also required to complete a refresher course every four years.

 

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Use a Realtor… or not

Use a Realtor… or not

Another fun video from HowRealtorsHelp.ca on You Tube….

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home…

A just for fun You Tube Video from Power Sites – Watch and enjoying!

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Need a Realtor to Sell Your Home

Why you need a Realtor to sell your home…

Watch this funny You Tube Video –

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Funny Realtor Video on You Tube

I was researching some Realtor Videos on You Tube and came across this video that both shocked and had me cracking up…

I can 110% GUARANTEE that I am nothing like this Realtor!! LOL!

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Realtor, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 35

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 35:

What a gorgeous day out – in the 80’s – sunny, but comfortable.  So comfortable, we were able to turn the air off and open our windows for some fresh air!

SSPX0501                     Enterance to Candlewood Town Park ~ New Fairfield, CT

Worked from home again – drove Jonathan to meet with some of his friends at  Candlewood Lake Town Beach in New Fairfield – 5 minutes from home – to meet with some of his friends.

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Then I dropped our car rental off at New Fairfield Auto Body so that Enterprise can pick it up in the am – Oh, that Ford Focus will be missed!  When Joe gets back from Portugal, we will have to go car shopping and he’s insisting on a pick up truck. 

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Then -work, work, work…

Clean, clean, clean…

Back to pick up Jonathan –

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Dinner, dinner, dinner…

Then Melissa and I went to Shaw’s – just a few things needed.  And back home to –

Work, work, work…  until about 2am since I have a busy day tomorrow.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, Home, My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 34

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 34:

Another day come and gone – summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s making me depressed.  I LOVE SUMMER!  Don’t care for the humidity, and this summer has not been bad.  So, I really, really don’t want summer to end.

Worked from home today – phone calls, e-mails, potential new client…

Then a trip to the A & P in Danbury with Sara and Amanda.  I enjoy taking one or a few of the kids with me.  The girls did all the recycling while I covered over half of my shopping.  They also stood in line at the deli and helped bag the groceries and pack the car – the rental from EnterpriseFord Focus – that will be returned since Joe is in Portugal.  Nice little car, has a built in I-Pod player and the girls and I had fun listening to all my songs!  Ha!  They only like a few of them – here’s one –

HPIM2427                                           All I Want to Do – Sugarland

Then back home… 

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And the best part of the day, I finally spoke with Joe!  I had been trying all day, but he, his parents, brother and family and his sister and family – who are all there on vacation – went to Fatima – the Holy Land of Portugal.

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We downloaded Skype to the girls mini Dell computers – since they have a built in web cam – so, we not only spoke with Joe – we saw him and he us – Skype is so cool!

Every year that my in-laws go to Portugal, they always visit Fatima and then take advantage of the over 2 hour trip and take in a few other beautiful places.  One other place that they also always visit is Nazare – which is located on the Atlantic coast.  This beautiful beach with panoramic views of crystal blue water is also one of my favorite places to visit.  The view from the top is magnificent!

HPIM2442                                   Family Photo ~ Nazare ~ Summer 2004

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Music & Songs, I-Pod, I-Tunes, My Life as a Realtor, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 21

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 21:

Busy day – appointment in Pattersona church built in 1874 and turned into a residential home in the 1970’s.

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Then off to a Doctor’s appointment in Carmel – David will need surgery – scheduled for Monday.

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Next, appointment in New Milford – to view an over-sized Cape.  My clients and I then went to their home, in New Fairfield where I took photos and information to put their home on the market.

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August 13, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, New Milford, NY, Patterson, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Front Door – Top 10 Strategies for Choosing a Realtor

HGTV’s FrontDoor.com lists the Top 10 Strategies for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent – and I totally agree with all ten!

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Click here to view what you should be looking for in an agent – are they a full-time and full-service Realtor?  Are they networking on LinkedIn, Twitter and Face Book?  Do they have a BLOG?  Are they Tech-savvy?  Can and will they think like a buyer?   Are they understanding and do they listen?

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 Find me on Face Book…  Diana Alves Santos

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                               Find me on LinkedIn…  Diana Santos

Home buying & selling can be a long and frustrating process – so choose someone your comfortable with and that will do their best to smooth the bumps along the way of buying and selling your home.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Front Door, HGTV, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding a Good Real Estate Agent

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Finding a good Real Estate Agent can be tricky.  You can start your search on the web, maybe by company – like Century 21, then by state and finally narrowing it to a certain town or area(s) your interested in.  Lets say Putnam County in New York in either Brewster, Patterson, Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Putnam Valley   –  Century 21 VJF Realty handles all these areas – along with Westchester, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties in New York – and counties through out Connecticut.

After finding a Real Estate office your comfortable with, now you can search for a Realtor – one that suits the needs of their clients, being available evenings, weekends and holidays – a full time agent.  Maybe you prefer someone who has experience, is full of knowledge, energetic, is up on all that is going on in TODAY’S market – including foreclosures, short sales and the explosion of networking with Facebook, Twitter, Active Rain, has a website and/or a Blog!  If not, then at least consider an agent that has a computer at home so they have access to getting  info at all times – and – a cell phone!

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As a Realtor, I have come across agents that DO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE – or don’t give out their cell phone number – or turn off their phones at 6pm – ??  Others that leave their laptop in the office, therefore not having access to the Multiple Listing Service until they’re back in the office – Mmmm??  In my book, these agents are part timers – not full time agents.  I’m sure they have their reasons, and my guess is it works for them and they’re OK with it.  But, if your not, make sure sure you ask questions BEFORE you set up an appointment to meet and go out with a Realtor.  Ask why they got into Real Estate – because they love looking at houses and they can make their own hours – or – because they are passionate about selling homes, they eat, sleep and dream of Real Estate!  Ask if they would be available when it’s convenient for YOU – what time can you call them until – what areas do they show and sell in.  Also, while getting to know them, see if they seem honest, have a sense of humor, patience and are they LISTENING to you and what YOU need – you’ll appreciate all of these qualities in an agent to get you through the process of buying and/or selling your home which can be one of the most complex and significant financial event in your life!

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Putnam County, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I TWITTER… do you?

OK everyone – I admit it… I twit tweets to my tweeps on TWITTER!  and I LOVE it!twitter

I first started a Twitter account almost 1-1/2 years ago – which is FREE – for networking purposes.  It enabled me to get in touch with other Realtors across the country and read about how they work while assisting buyers and sellers – what sites they found useful – like Active Rain, what cameras they were using – like my wonder FLIP Camera and many other helpful adviceWe share stories of our lives as Realtors both in the office and at home – give advice, support and from time to time  – we “Twit” to vent.  Now my Twitter account has grown to over 1,200 people that are “Following” me and an almost equal amount that I “Follow” – including mortgage brokers, friends, family, News sites, some of my favorite shows and clients!  TWITTER is FANTASTIC!!

You can find me as: DianaSantosC21

July 12, 2009 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Real Estate, Realtor, Twitter, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Open House Day in Patterson, NY

Yesterday was Realtor Open House Day in Putnam County.  Here is one of the homes I viewed in Patterson, NY – It’s been renovated inside and out – ready to just move right in!

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For more information and interior photos – or to view this home – call or text Diana – Cell: 203-648-2619 or send me an e-mail – Diana.Santos@Century21.com 

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Home, NY, Patterson, Putnam County, Putnam Lake, Realtor, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Stimulus Bill to Create a Tax Credit for a Home Purchase!

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Great news for those looking to purchase a home…  a tax credit of $8,000 has been approved! 

                                      <<Click Here to view the Consumer Chart>>

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Eliminating the repayment provision and increasing the limit from $7,500 to $8,000 – along with extending the time line from January 1, 2009 to December 1, 2009.
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February 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Credit, Economy, First Time Home Buyers, Money, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being the Best Realtor I Can Be

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Being a member of NARThe National Association of Realtors, makes me a better Realtor.  After receiving my licenses in the states of Connecticut – where my family and I reside – and New York – where my office, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, is located – I took an oath to treat and care for ALL my clients, customers, the public and associate Realtors EQUALLY.  This is a mandatory class that all Realtors must take – it is where we learn the Code of Ethics – a Pledge of Performance and Service that we must abide by.

The National Association of Realtors adopted the Code of Ethics in 1913, following the professions of medicine, law and engineering.  CLICK below to view.

Realtor Code of Ethics

Along with my work ethics, usually always attached to me is my laptop which I take to the office and bring back home to be able to assist at any time

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cell phone– which also enables me to receive and send e-mails from anywhere, take photos and send instantly to clients of potential homes and of course – text

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my ear piece to chat while I’m in the car – since I do spend alot of time in it!

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and quite a few other fun items – camera, GPS and Flip video camera and my most favorite – my I-Pod!  When I’m driving almost an hour to show just 1 house – I at least have my music!

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Here is just one of the songs I enjoy listening to…

                                                 “Carry on My Wayward Son” – Kansas 1976

January 30, 2009 Posted by | Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Clouds

cloud-reflection-aussiegall                                  aussiegall – Flickr.com                                        “Cloud Reflection”

littlehouse-onthe-hillside-ichaz                                  iChaz – Flickr.com                            “Storm Clouds on the Prairie”

 For this Fridays Flickr Foto Fun Day – I have chosen a few pics of CLOUDS – in respect to all the snow and ice storms we’ve had – and another is due tomorrow!

clouds-meanest-indian                                                 Meanest Indian – Flickr.com        “Fluffy Clouds”

rainbow-cloud-linhngan                                  linhngan– Flickr.com                           “Rainbow Cloud”

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                                 Nagy David – Flickr.com                           “Night Clouds”

As a Realtor, I have had the pleasure viewing homes throughout New York and Connecticut – and viewing many different CLOUDS– Fluffy, See-Thru, Storm, Scattered and Scary clouds!  Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos taken by some very talented photographers and posted on Flickr.com

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor, Snow, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2009 Could be the Best Year for Home Buyers

FrontDoor.com has a fantastic article about how 2009 could be the best year for home buyers!

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Some of the items mentioned is the home buyers tax credit, the increase of inventory of homes on the market and the decreasing interest rates.  It reads that interest rates are in the high 5’s and that there may be more reductions.  Well, there was a decrease in interest rates.  Just today, Carey Hollander with Patriot Home Funding said interest rates for a 30 fixed mortgage are in the LOW 5’s for someone with good credit.  For more info on Patriot Home Funding <CLICK>

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To read the entire article “The Last Year for Best Buying Opportunities – Considering buying a home? Take advantage of low prices and interest rates in 2009.” <CLICK HERE>

Happy House Hunting!

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December 13, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Money, Mortgage, Real Estate, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Find a Home on TRULIA Real Estate Search

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The other day I was asked by a client, where could he search on line for ALL currently listed homes for sale.  One of the Real Estate sites I mentioned was TRULIA Real Estate Search (click)

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You input what state, town and price of home your interested in – and VOILA!  Oogles and oodles of HOMES!  You can search from the comfort of your own home – during a break at work – or even on your phone!

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Then, when you find a few potential listings – call a REALTOR for more information, set up an appointment to view some of these properties and your on your way to purchasing a home! 

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If you need assistance in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess Counties in New York – or – Fairfield and parts of Litchfield Counties in Connecticut – feel free to contact me – I’d be happy to walk you down the path of HOMEOWNERSHIP! 

Diana Santos – call or text: 203-648-2619 – E-Mail: Diana.Santos@Century21.com or visit me on Trulia.com

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, Dutchess, Dutchess County, Fairfield County, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Litchfield County, NY, Putnam County, Real Estate, Realtor, Trulia.com, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day

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Oh My!  It’s almost Thanksgiving Day – and I’m still looking at different recipes and ideas – always wanting to surprise my guests

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Of course – The Food Network is my FAVORITE!

Between working with all my clients – approximately 8 to 10 hours a day on the computer– along with appointments viewing homes and being in the office – AND let’s not forget the family!– 5 kids and my hubby – which equals to many beds to be made – 4 to 6 loads of laundry a day – dinner EVERY night as a family and constantly cleaning, dusting and picking up after everyone – including Tisha – our dog, Moe – our cat, Chico, Cha-Cha and Fofita our Cockatiels and all the fish! Whew!  I will squeeze in my baking, cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving Day with pleasure!

I will be stirring…cake-mix

and baking…

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and preparing…

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and I will be drinking lots of coffee!

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Off to an appointment – the supermarket for the 5th time this week! and a few more errands… HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY EVE TO ALL!!

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Life as a Realtor, Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Should I Move?

  Todd D Jones – FLICKR.com

FrontDoor.com has a QUIZ you can take if your wondering if now is a good time to sell your home and move – and so many other guides and tips to homebuying and/or selling.

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Many of you may be renting and would love to have the ability to control the heat – instead of feeling as though your living in a cold stone house.  I guess the Flinstones didn’t mind!shoe-house-james-gordon

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Others may want to go from their started home to a bit larger home to accommodate their growing family or to start a family.  I’ve been there – feeling like the old woman, living in a shoe filled with children!  For years I waited to be able to move to a larger home since we had 5 growing children.  I knew it would be difficult for us to afford a larger home in Harrison, NY – so, we made the best decision of our lives – to do the commute up and down I-684 and move to New Fairfield, Connecticut!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, Fairfield County, First Time Home Buyers, Moving, New Fairfield, NY, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Great Real Estate Agent

Qualities of a great real estate agent

By Ilyce Glink | Published: 9/03/08

BY: FRONTDOOR.com

 

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When shopping for a home, matching an agent to your needs is vital.

There are great real estate agents and terrible real estate agents. Within each category are agents whose behavior puts them at the top and bottom of the spectrum.

In other words, the best real estate agents are truly stellar. The worst agents? Well, let’s just say that if you wind up with a terrible real estate agent you’ll probably have war stories to share about your home purchase or sale at the next cocktail party you attend. (Unfortunately, stories about terrible real estate agents are shared more often than stories about great real estate agents.)

When hiring a real estate agent to help you buy your next home, the trick is to find one who really listens to what you have to say; who will go the extra mile to help make your purchase a little less stressful; who will help you be objective when you become emotional about plunking down the single biggest chunk of cash ever; and who can help you understand and work with local market conditions.

 

I suspect that most buyers spend more time thinking about the curtains they’ll hang, the granite countertops they’ll install, or the boxes they’ll need for their move than the agent they’ll hire to help with the purchase of the property itself.

Why is that? Why isn’t creating a home-buying team the top priority when beginning the process of buying a home?

Perhaps it is because going through the process isn’t perceived as being that much fun.

But that’s where hiring a great real estate agent can make all the difference. What qualities should you look for?

The real estate agent you hire should have an intimate knowledge with your neighborhood of choice. The agent should have worked in a neighborhood for awhile, seen a lot of the housing stock, and know the history of the neighborhood, trends associated with it and where the locals hang out. The agent should know about home values and should have the ability to come to you and tell you what other homes have sold for in the neighborhood and what other homes are listed for in the same neighborhood. The agent should also have information to back up why some homes are listed for more than others and be able to represent you when you are ready to make an offer for a home. The agent should know about the school district, shopping, commuting and recreational options. He or she should basically be a wealth of information, and be able to point out the flaws as well as the outstanding features of the community.

The real estate agent you hire should be able to really listen to your wants, needs, dreams and desires, and ask questions that help you delve beneath the surface to figure out what’s really driving those wants and needs. Real estate agents sometimes say that “buyers are liars,” because buyers tend to change their mind about what they really want to buy during the home-buying process. But if an agent is able to draw out the buyer ahead of time, and help him or her focus on the important issues of the purchase, it will save everyone a lot of time.

It’s also important to hire an agent who is willing to tell you what you may not want to hear — but should. If you’re a buyer who is unrealistic about a local neighborhood, you’ll want an agent to tell you that what you want to buy can’t be found for the price and is unworkable in the current marketplace. No one wants to have their dreams dashed, but you’ll come to see that your real estate agent is doing you a favor by not allowing you to run away from reality.

A great real estate agent comes laden with resources, similar to a hotel concierge. (Some real estate companies talk about the “concierge” services they provide.) The agent you hire should be able to provide you with a handful of great home inspectors, mortgage lenders and real estate attorneys for you to interview. (Be wary of the agent who steers you to one specific inspector, mortgage lender or real estate attorney. What you want is a choice of great partners.) If you need help locating service people, a handyman, or even a new pediatrician, a great real estate agent should have those names and numbers at his or her fingertips. Being a walking neighborhood directory for many longtime top agents is part of the service they provide.

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A great real estate agent stays in touch. Top real estate agents use technology to help them communicate frequently with their buyers. E-mail, BlackBerrys, iPhones, cell phones, electronic newsletters, Web sites, digital photography and video help agents share properties that they’ve previewed, provide feedback, and keep buyers updated on the progress that is being made.

Finally, when you hire an agent, it’s like a short-term marriage. When the transaction is completed, when you’ve bought your new home, the intense relationship you’ve created comes to an end. With a great real estate agent, you’ll find you don’t want your time together to end. While these are just some of the qualities you should look for in determining whether the agent is a good match for you, you still need to make sure to get referrals and recommendations for the agent from other buyers he or she has represented recently.

What happens next? Dinner — ostensibly to discuss past and future deals, but really to move your relationship into the long-term-friendship stage.

Images through iClipArt.com

October 2, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SLEEPLESS IN REAL ESTATE!

I can’t believe it’s July already!  I have been extremely busy …. getting about 6 hours of sleep a day …. and LOVING IT!!

The other day, I came down to get a cup of coffee, half asleep, I looked over and said “Good Morning” to our 2 Cockatiels, Chico and Cha-Cha.  Although, this morning I thought I saw 3 birds and said to myself,  I’d better start getting more sleep soon since I’m now starting to see things!

I had my coffee, watched “Good Morning America”, updated my Tweets on “Twitter” – which is people from all over, lots Realtors who share lots of informative info about the market, new technology and lots of personal stories in the business along with much needed support and networking. 

                                                                     

After doing some work, I started to make my way back upstairs and once again, I noticed 3 birds!!  I stood there …. blinked …. still 3 birds instead of 2! 

I decided to open the cage door to see if it, the 3rd bird, would move. It sure did – it tried biting me!  I quickly called my husband to see if he had any idea why we had an extra bird.  He laughed, HA! HA! – NOT funny I thought. 

He explained that after working a double shift last night,  he brought her home while I was in the shower.  Not having much sleep himself, he completely forgot to tell me and left again early in the morning  – “SURPRISE” – he said!

 Her name is Fufita and she still tries to bite me, but Chico and Cha-Cha love her!  AND I’m still not getting enough sleep… and LOVING IT!!

 

Many THANKS to GOOGLE IMAGERY for some of these photos!

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, Real Estate, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments