So You're "In the Market?"
Read This BEFORE You Start!
Uncommonly good advice for those looking to
buy or sell Real Estate
The other day my friend told me an ALARMING story:
He was at the doctor’s office seeking counsel for a mysterious problem. Things were moving along, until the doctor asked my friend to “sit tight for a minute…”
The doctor went around to his desk. Instead of sitting back, my friend leaned forward and discovered the doctor was using the internet to find an answer!
I think you’ll agree, when we seek professional help, it’s VITAL to choose someone with a long history of knowledge and wisdom to draw on.
BEWARE: there are a lot of people masquerading as “professionals” in the real estate industry… If you are buying or selling a home, the last thing you want is a realtor who lacks experience. Choose wrong and what could have been an easy and fast process turns into a nightmare.
Here are three foolproof questions you must ask your potential realtor:
1. How many homes have you sold in the past year?
2. Do you have any customer reviews online?
3. How does your marketing system work & what is it?
You can’t afford to have a “newbie” in charge of your very important real estate transaction! Choose someone who is selling a LOT of homes. (1 of every 2 agents in the Boulder area sold 2 or LESS homes in the past year - they might be the ones Googling “how to sell a home” when you’re not looking!)
Reviews don’t lie. Use the internet to see who’s been providing TOP customer service and most importantly, RESULTS. 5-star reviews mean great customer service and high satisfaction for you.
Lastly, marketing is really what this business is all about. Many realtors seem content to put the sign in the yard and hope for the best. You want someone who will PUSH and work daily, doing everything possible until your goal has been achieved.
I’m Dave Janis, and I hope this checklist is helpful for you. Welcome to my site. Have a look around and feel free to call me if you have any questions or if you think I might be able to serve you!
"Definitely" Dave Janis
P.S. - The “definitely” stands for the answer I’ll give when you ask whether I can sell your home fast and for the most money possible.
P.P.S. - I asked my friend whether he jumped off the table and got out of that doctor’s office, to which he said, “NO, but only because I was wearing that little examination dress and nothing more!”
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Dave Janis, Broker Associate
When it comes time to buy or sell your home, the question sometimes comes up about whether you should work with a small brokerage or whether there are more advantages to working with a larger company.
Recent housing industry news provides one more reason why bigger may be better when it comes time to pick a real estate company to represent you.
Over the past few months, there has been a battle brewing behind the scenes between major online real estate companies, a rift that could seriously impact whether thousands of properties will be shown on two of the nation's biggest websites, Zillow and Trulia.
The battle came to a head in early April when ListHub, one of the nation's leading listing syndicators (which is owned by Move Inc.), officially ended its prior agreements with Zillow and Trulia and stopped sending information about their listings to these two giant real estate websites.
As an investor in real estate, it’s inevitable that you will one day want to sell a property to get a return on that investment in the form of cash.. But selling a home that is occupied by a tenant can be a very tricky endeavor.
There is almost no incentive for a tenant to cooperate during the sales process – they will have to put up with strangers invading their privacy while hoping that the change in ownership won’t bring along with it other unwelcome shifts in their living situation. Most of the time they will be asked to do so without being offered anything in exchange.
But with a little planning and preparation, a tenant can actually become an ally in the sale of the property instead of an opponent. There are many things you can do to set some expectations and make the experience easier for both you and them.
The spring selling frenzy will be arriving soon, and as we head into our busiest season, we’d like to take a few moments to reflect on our work over the past year. As real estate agents in the incomparable Boulder and Denver Metro areas, my team and I hold the privileged position of being able to see and tour some of the most beautiful homes on the market today, and meet and work with some of the most wonderful people. In 2014 we sold 65 homes, and though every one was special in its own way, we’d like to share a few of our favorites with you here.