Things to consider when shopping for a Realtor®
no one should assume they have your business
1.CUSTOMER SERVICE Count how many realtors you know. Go, ahead-I’ll wait! It seems like every other person is licensed to sell real estate these days so what makes one more qualified than the next?
Unparalleled customer service every time.
Responsive Can you get ahold of them right away? A healthy work / family balance is hard to maintain but digital connection allows for immediate access to information and an ability to respond immediately without sacrificing time with family and friends. We might pride ourselves for being on beach time here but the business world doesn’t stop for Pina coladas and you should never be left wondering if your agent got your email or wonder why no one has responded to your text.
Prioritize This person seems to be everywhere you turn and is always busy busy — they must be good at their game right? I’m sure they are, but are they too busy being busy to make you a top priority or will you be just another transaction. Will you work with them directly or be passed along to their team of assistants? Do they offer everyone top shelf service or just their luxury portfolios?
Immersed Do they work in real estate full time or just occasionally fit in a deal or two a few times a year in between tee times? This might work for some transactions but do you really want to entrust the sale of your biggest asset to someone who does this as a hobby? A Realtor fully immersed in your local market with a fine pulse on current trends and excellent adjacent industry connections can save you time and money.
2. OBLIGATION You used a particular agent on your last transaction and they are always so nice when you see them around town. You’re on their Christmas Card list after all. But while you might like them as a person, you’re not entirely pleased with the service you received during or after the sale. You owe them nothing.
3. COMPATIBILITY Let’s be real, buying or selling a house doesn’t happen over night. You are going to spend A LOT of time with this person so make sure it’s someone you enjoy being around. Do you feel like they get you and have a discerning eye for spotting your style. Does working together feel more like working with a friend? They might be a really great realtor and such a nice person but if your personalities just don’t mesh it’s going to take all the fun out of things. Can you picture yourself excited to pop the bubbly together at closing? Life’s too short to spend time with people who don’t make you feel good about yourself. That’s the realtor you want to choose.
4. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
Buying or selling a home is a major financial decision-yet it’s often packed with emotion. Real Estate transactions are complicated and stressful things do come up; A heavy conversation with a friend or relative can feel awkward and add extra stress while the exact same information discussed during a strategy meeting with a business professional is much less daunting. A neutral party can negotiate and fight on your behalf to guarantee you make the best financial decision possible.
Not only do you trust this person to guide you in the right direction, you know they have your best interest at heart and genuinely care about you and your family. The focus is on helping you and not just making a sale. When they say they’ll protect your confidential client relationship and go to bat for you-you know they mean it.
What my clients can expect
a drive for creativity and innovation and a promise to leverage the latest technology to make the process of buying a home a more relevant, fun, and socially connected experience.
the convenience and accessibility of CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY and the powerful online REACH of the sotheby’s international realty® brand COMBINED with THE PERSONALIZED face-to-face EXPERIENCE and local expertise YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH from a boutique brokerage such as Peace SIR / Debordieu real estate.
A FULL understanding OF The location, the style, and the feeling you get when you walk through the door — every aspect of your home should be a reflection of who you are, where you've been, and the life you aspire to live.
LOCAL MARKET KNOWLEDGE and excellent industry relationships giving you a comprehensive real estate package so you can be as hands off as you’d like to be without sacrificing the flexibility to collaborate with your own PREFERRED professionals.
TOP NEGOTIATION SKILLS THAT PRODUCE RESULTS. LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE — YOU HAVE A NUMBER, THEY HAVE A NUMBER, THE GOAL IS TO REACH A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL AGREEMENT NOT AUDITION FOR HOUSE HUNTERS.
Complimentary coffee & Lacroix. Just kidding. WELL, kind of. i tYpically do have one or the other with me and i’M always HAPPy TO BRING some to share.
excellent response time. Maintaining a strong work / family balance is important to both of us so let’s not waste time on poor communication.
a fully curated list of potential homes based on how you truly want to live your life — a home is more than square footage and number of bedrooms and i excel at discovering a home’s true potential.
access to the sotheby’s international realty® mobile app — giving you immediate access to information on the go. All of the details you want. NOne of the crap you don’t. Turn on the GPS in your phone’s settings and all available homes in your radius will automatically populate in an easy to view swipe-able format. filter for more specified results or to search in a different location.
Consider me your boots on the ground personal shopper — I curate a list of homes tailored to meet your very specific needs.
Let’s be real, you have been stalking real estate online long before you arrived at this site or even decided to buy a house. Free search engines put thousands of homes at your fingertips giving you more control over sourcing your own dream home. Amazing! I’m an Amazon Prime member, Nordstrom devotee, and watch tv shows on my phone. The accessibility the internet brings is a wonderful thing. But, online real estate sites throw houses at you like confetti and shout at you with virtual tours and realtor images waving at you from the sidebar. The No. 1 goal is to get you to sign up so they can market your data to real estate professionals who then pay for the chance to capture your attention online. Helping you reach your goals to begin the next chapter of your life? Help you find a house? Nope, that’s not even in their mission statement. Now, I’m not knocking sites like that — I promise! They’re tremendously helpful and good at what they do and after reading this article I stand behind the incredible culture they’re creating for their employees. I just don’t think they can fully deliver on finding the best agent or house that’s right for you.
While zillow can you give numbers and date and even google earth images — you still need that tangible presence in the home buying process. The view is what you’re after? Well, the water view mentioned in the listing you fell in love with is only possible if you cut down all the trees in the backyard. Sounds easy enough, but its actually pretty cost prohibitive due to a city zoning ordinance outlining a hefty penalty structure. Plan to take the boat out every Saturday morning and spend the afternoon washing it in your driveway? Nope, not in some neighborhoods where strict HOA by-laws prohibit boats, trailers, RV’s etc. from ever being visible from the street. Moving is about more than just zip codes or square footage; the intangible and unquantifiable factors can make or break a successful fresh start in a new home. I’ll help you find a house that works for you.
This is what I do every day. The sellers have their own coach making plays to get their client the highest profit possible in the shortest timeframe so why not let them pay for your negotiator to even that playing field and work for your best interest?
Once the contract has been signed, I schedule and attend all inspections in order to provide you with a fully comprehensive picture of the home you’re about to purchase. Like the list of ingredients on the food you buy, its important to know whats inside those four walls and not just pick the prettiest box. Some homes need more than just a standard inspection so I also coordinate inspections for septic tanks, buried propane tanks, chimneys, etc. when needed as well as contact contractors for estimates on repairs or renovations. Unlike most states, South Carolina inspection reports are not required to include estimated cost of repair so arming yourself with good-faith estimates from local professionals gives you an arm up during the re-negotiation period.
While not required, I always recommend the buyer attend all inspections if possible. It is a lot easier to ask questions and get more detailed explanations of any issues on the spot.
This is also a great time to measure for furniture, assess paint colors, flooring, appliance upgrades and other cosmetic changes.
I walk you through the entire process from start to finish to ensure you have everything you need to close on time. You’ll receive a personalized timeline of key dates plus a checklist of your responsibilities including when to supply the closing attorney and loan officer with any necessary documents and information. Yes, at the very least you’re going to need a mortgage broker, an attorney, inspector, insurance agent, and a qualified home inspector.
Nobody likes to be ghosted. So many new questions come up once the deal is closed and you settle in. Thought that existing carpet was fine for a while but realized on day one that it must go? We’ll send you our floor guy. Need a list of local summer camps, after school programs, tennis courts, or seniors programs? Done. Best place to pick up a delicious pie next time the in-laws come to visit? Got you covered. Spoiler alert- It’s Kudzu Bakery. Need someone to reupholster chairs, hem jeans, highlight your hair? Le’s get you connected with the right people. I’m here to help you live your best life, not just buy a house.
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