We live in the information age; the Internet offers advice on every topic and real estate is no exception. With more and more home buyers starting their home search online, they are bombarded with advice and information – it can be easy to think that you can learn everything you need to know just by reading articles online.
The truth is your real estate agent does much more than answer your questions and open doors with a special key. A professional real estate agent will be there every step of the way. They have the experience necessary to navigate the complicated home buying process and solve common hiccups that present themselves in every real estate transactions.
Your real estate agent is a local professional. They will start by presenting themselves to the other agent as someone who will work with them to see the transaction through to a successful conclusion. They have a network of professionals who will work as a team to help you through the process. These include such professionals as: lenders, title reps, escrow officers, transaction coordinators, home inspectors, contractors, and handymen, among others.
Most importantly, your agent is your ally in the home buying process. They negotiate on your behalf – armed with experience and understanding of customary charges, costs, and terms. They will ensure that the price you pay for the home is fair for the condition and neighborhood. They will negotiate repairs, if needed and make sure you are protected with the proper contingencies.
The Internet offers lots of great information, but the most important step you can take when buying a new home is hiring a local professional real estate agent. Their knowledge and expertise can’t be found by reading an article or two online.
Contact me at Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com or 206-790-0081 to discuss how I can help you with the real estate transactions.
I spent the last few days in San Diego at the National Association of Realtors Annual Conference. I was with approximately 20,000 of my colleagues from around the globe. This event is a great opportunity for networking and learning. I was able to make contacts with Realtors from Portland, Boston, Santa Barbara, Greece, and many more locations. These contacts are great for when you want to buy a property outside of the Seattle area.
The Expo included hundreds of vendors selling products, including lead generation systems, mortgages, gift baskets, travel opportunities, and much more. What struck me the most about the Expo was the number of marketing companies out there who will do all your mailings for you, write your emails, find your leads, and more. This is the new trend in real estate but not one I embrace. In my business I focus on relationships and I want to be in touch with your directly. Yes, I do mailings, but I write them myself. I write all my emails myself. Maybe my social media marketing is not the best, but it’s coming from me. I could even hire someone virtually to answer my lead phone calls – sorry, that’s not for me, I want to talk with you.
I attended many workshops, and they gave me lots of ideas of where to focus my business in 2016. Stay tuned for those.