12 Ways to Know You Have the Right Real Estate Agent

12 Ways to Know You Have the Right Real Estate Agent

If you read my last post you know that I often start sentences with “I saw this thing on Pinterest…” Well today I saw this thing on Pinterest that I wanted to share with the rest of the WordPress world. While it is a little hard to read, the message rings loud and clear. Take a minute to remember your profession is not always about YOU. Especially in Real Estate, my end goal for my clients is to help YOU find YOUR next chapter. Many of these 12 things come back to respect, which of course are important words to live by no matter what field you are in.

Social Media is exhausting

Social Media.  Those 2 words alone can evoke some of the most diverse reactions from almost everyone.  Some can’t live with out it, others have a Facebook page that they check once a month. Some think social media is killing our society, whatever position you hold is yours, and I am cool with that. 

I for one, check my Facebook more times daily than I would ever care to admit.  I adore the time suck that is Pinterest, and I am ashamed at how many stories I start to tell that begin with the line, “I saw something on Pinterest…”

I believe LinkedIn is a portal to my future success and I get a little click happy with the endorsements (you are welcome, or I’m sorry).  But Twitter…I have held out joining Twitter until 2 days ago out of principal that 140 characters just isn’t enough.  However, as my Real Estate horizons broaden, I gave in and am now a twit.  You can follow me @SaraVAhomes.

But I am still holding out on Google+…#justabitlonger

To remodel or stick a sign in the yard? That is the question…

My husband and I have a nasty habit.  We buy fixer-uppers…every time! Sure some of these homes just need a coat of paint, a little wallpaper removal, maybe just a little TLC.  However, these are not the houses we buy, we buy the houses that look so “charming from the outside” and “have good bones” and every other cliché you hear on HGTV.

Our very first house was a 1904 bungalow that we picked up as a FSBO.  The kitchen had a washer and dryer in it with 4 different kinds of cabinets, the insulation was newspaper, with knob and tube everywhere…but we LOVED that house and we had the remodel bug ever since.  Did I mention we had 2 kids during the 4 years that we resurrected that house? Stupidest. Idea. Ever.  My first son was born while we were remodeling the kitchen, the joke was which was going to come first the baby or the countertops? (For the record, it was the baby.) My second son was born while we were finishing the basement, the joke with that one was whether the baby was going to come before the egress window, thankfully the window came first!

The front of our charming little bungalow, the day we moved in.

The front of our charming little bungalow, the day we moved in.

After all of our hard work, the day we moved out.

After all of our hard work, the day we moved out.

Flash forward, 3 years and 4 houses later, we did it again.  This time we picked up a 1986 charmer.  By charmer I mean original carpet, golden oak, brass hardware, and wallpaper EVERY WHERE!  We did a few things to try and knock the 80’s out of it, but really we found ourselves back at a familiar crossroad.  Do we remodel again or do we stick a sign in the yard and move into something new?

 

Remodeling can be scary.  Finding a good contractor can be scary, (which is a topic for a different day).  It’s a dirty, dusty job and if you have never been through one, you might think it would just be easier to call your local realtor (Hello!) and move on to greener pastures, and for most that is exactly what happens.  I will admit, we almost did that this time.  I wasn’t ready to take on a 10 week-whole house remodel, but then again I REALLY didn’t want to move.  The little fact that I forgot is that all of your crap moves from one room to the other when you remodel and everything is under 6 inches of dust.

So why do it?? For us, it is simply to make our house a home.  The equity is a great bonus so when it’s time to sell, the nice down payment sure is handy!

The other perk is I have “a guy” for just about everything…plumber, general contractor, concrete, electrician…you name it, we have probably tackled that project and I am never stingy with phone numbers! In my opinion, it is always a good thing to have a girl who knows “a guy”!

Caravans, Cattle Herds, and the Agent Open House

Open houses…A fantastic way to meet potential clients, an even better way to see what is on the market in a given price range, and an opportunity to connect buyers and sellers, its what we do!  What us realtors don’t always tell you is we discuss all of these things while we eat a Chipotle burrito hovering over a paper plate trying not to drop anything on your beautiful granite island. 

Today marked my second caravan, although my first was RIGHT after I passed my license exam, so it only kind of counts since I only walked around with my booties on and smiled politely.  Today on the other hand was such an eye opener.  Walking around with one of the most experienced agents in my office and 3 other new agents, we talked pricing, upgrades, and the pros and cons of joining a team.  All very informational to new agents like me.

The big A Ha! Realization for the day is for you home owners and buyers.  Agent Open Houses are a chance for your agent to get crucial feedback and ideas of what will help your house sell faster.  Some agents hold these open houses to appease you, others do it to get cold hard facts to present to you to back up something they already said, others play Open Houses as a numbers game- enough people walk through the front door, someone is bound to buy it.  Either way you dice it, Open Houses are a good thing…for everybody! This girl gets her burrito and you potentially get a sold sign! Winner!