Frequently Asked Questions
How and why did you get into real estate?
While growing up, my family built a home, and we actually did much of the work ourselves. So at a very early age, I learned about the entire process from the foundation to the finish work. This experience no doubt led me to a career spanning almost three decades in the housing industry. From remodeling and maintaining properties to selling all the parts that were necessary for the upkeep, I have been involved at all levels. However, my lifelong dream was to be in real estate, so when the opportunity arose, I knew I could easily apply my solution-based approach. Building, buying or selling a home can be overwhelming for many, and that's why I provide the remedy for the people who need it most.
What makes you different from the other agents in your market?
I provide the real estate remedy for people who are growing their nest or emptying one, so they can focus on the future without the headaches and hassles. Real Estate Remedy is for those who are making major transitions, such as buying their first home or selling a lifelong home.
I've had a negative experience in the past. Please tell me how you will keep me informed about the process and how often I'll get thsoe updates.
First, I'm saddened to hear that you've had a negative experience. I have found that the solution for that often begins with knowing and managing your expectations. That's why the first thing we'll do is discuss these important topics:
- Your preference of communication
- How often we'll communicate
- How quickly you can expect a return call, email or text
- What type of information and updates you expect to receive regularly
- What you don't want (this is as important as what you do want)
- For sellers: The listing price (we'll determine what's necessary to get it sold fast and at full value)
- For buyers: The options that best fit your needs (and your pre-approved purchase price)
- Any other factors about your needs or the transaction that are essential
I believe in transparent communication and sharing everything that's going on. I will not assume you know every part of the process, so I take the time to inform and educate as we go, so you never feel 'left out' of the conversation. The worst feeling is not knowing what's going on at all with your own transaction.
Why do I need a real estate agent at all? Can't I buy or sell a home myself?
While on the surface, handling a real estate transaction might seem like a simple task, there are actually many moving parts to the process, and they don't always go smoothly. There are several critical things that I offer which can make a huge difference.
First, I have direct access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), and we post your listing which is very visible to every agent in the area with potential buyers who are looking for a home like yours. Most agents will bring you a ready, willing and pre-qualified buyer that has been to a lender and knows they can purchase your home.
Second, when you sell your home yourself, anytime you leave to go to work, or out of town, you essentially take your home off the market. It interrupts the showing process. Even when you have a family member or friend show it for you, they cannot always meet the expectations of your potential buyers and their schedules. When you list with me, I place a lock box on the door that is accessible to other agents and they can show it whether you are home or not. They are licensed professionals, and the lock box is on a computer system that will notify me when it has been opened. That way, I will know who to ask for feedback.
Third, selling a home is stressful even when you are not face to face with the buyer. When you work directly with the buyer, it becomes more stressful. I know this from years of experience.
Finally, there are legal issues in any real estate transaction that can make or break the deal. I am trained to recognize and handle those quickly and correctly. Most people don't even know those issues exist until it's too late. You want someone to hepl you make the best decision, and to represent you while keeping the emotion under wraps, getting the job done and keeping you in a stress free environment. The same scenarios exist on the buyers side as well.