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1. Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? How long have you been representing buyers? What professional designations do you have?
Knowing whether or not your agent practices full time can help you determine potential scheduling conflicts and his or her commitment to your transaction. As with any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect, but it is a good starting point for your discussion. The same issue can apply to professional designations.

2. Do you have a personal assistant, team or staff to handle different parts of the purchase? What are their names and how will each of them help me in my transaction? How do I communicate with them?
It is not uncommon for agents who sell a lot of houses to hire people to work with them. As their businesses grow, they must be able to deliver the same or higher quality service to more people.
You may want to know who on the team will take part in your transaction, and what role each person will play. You may even want to meet the other team members before you decide to work with the team. If you have a question about fees on your closing statement, who would handle that? Who will show up to your closing?

3. Do you have a Website that will list my home? Can I have your URL address? Who responds to emails and how quickly? What’s your email address?
Many buyers prefer to search online for homes because it’s available 24 hours a day and can be done at home. So you want to make sure your home is listed online, either on the agent’s Website or on their company’s site. By searching your agent’s Website you will get a clear picture of how much information is available online.

4. How will you keep in contact with me during the selling process, and how often?
Some agents may email, fax or call you daily to tell you that visitors have toured your home, while others will keep in touch weekly. Asking this question can help you to reconcile your needs with your agent’s systems.

5. What do you do that other agents don’t that ensures I’m getting top dollar for my home? What is your average market time versus other agents’ average market time?
Marketing skills are learned, and sometimes a real estate professional’s unique method of research and delivery make the difference between whether or not a home sells quickly. For example, an agent might research the demographics of your neighborhood and present you a target market list for direct marketing purposes.

6. Will you give me names of past clients?
Interviewing an agent can be similar to interviewing someone to work in your office. Contacting references can be a reliable way for you to understand how he or she works, and whether or not this style is compatible with your own.

7.Do you have a performance guarantee? If I am not satisfied with your performance, can I terminate our listing agreement?
In the heavily regulated world of real estate, it can be difficult for an agent to offer a performance guarantee. If your agent does not have a guarantee, it does not mean they are not committed to high standards. Typically, he or she will verbally outline what you can expect from their performance. Keller Williams? Realty understands the importance of win-win business relationships: the agent does not benefit if the client does not also benefit.

8. How will you get paid? How are your fees structured? May I have that in writing?
In many areas, the seller pays all agent commissions. Sometimes, agents will have other small fees, such as administrative or special service fees, that are charged to clients, regardless of whether they are buying or selling. Be aware of the big picture before you sign any agreements. Ask for an estimate of costs from any agent you contemplate employing.

9. How would you develop pricing strategies for our home?
Although location and condition affect the selling process, price is the primary factor in determining if a home sells quickly, or at all. Access to current property information is essential, and sometimes a pre-appraisal will help. Ask your agent how they created the market analysis, and whether your agent included For Sale by Owner homes, foreclosed homes and bank-owned sales in that list.

10. What will you do to sell my home? Who determines where and when my home is marketed/ promoted? Who pays for your advertising?
Ask your real estate agent to present to you a clear plan of how marketing and advertising dollars will be spent. If there are other forms of marketing available but not specified in the plan ask who pays for those. Request samples or case studies of the types of marketing strategies that your agent proposes (such as Internet Websites, print magazines, open houses, and local publications).

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Buying home is a big deal. It is also very exciting and can be very fun! The purchase of a home is a legal transaction in Texas so you’ll want to make sure you get the best possible representation to guide you step by step through the entire process so the experience is a positive one and does not end up with mistakes that could haunt you for years.
Here is an 8 step overview of buying a home:

  1. Get financing pre approval from a reputable lender and determine what monthly payment you are comfortable with. In most cases, sellers will require a pre approval letter to be submitted with an offer.

  2. Meet with an experienced, full time Realtor who studies trends and has thorough knowledge of the current market. Discuss your “must haves,” “would like to haves,” and “deal breakers” of the home you’d like to buy

  3. View homes and find one you love!

  4. Submit an offer and negotiate price and terms to ones you are happy with.

  5. Have a licensed home inspector inspect the home. Negotiate repairs with the seller prior to the expiration of the contract’s buyer termination option. This is typically between 7-10 days.

  6. Have home appraised by your lender. They’ll want to confirm the value of the home is not less than the contract price.

  7. Conduct a final walk through of the home to ensure everything is in comparable condition to the way it was when your offer was accepted and to verify any negotiated repairs have been completed satisfactorily. You’ll also review the final closing costs provided by the title company 3 days prior to closing to ensure there are no errors and everything lines up with the terms of the contract and any subsequent amendments.

  8. Closing day-sign closing documents and get the keys to your home sweet home!

When I represent you on the purchase of a home, know that I bring with me years and years of experience. Having sold nearly 500 homes since 2004, I have learned the best strategies to negotiate a fair contract and work through the myriad of steps (and hiccups!) that need to get you to a successful closing and receiving the keys to your new home.

Purchasing or building a new home? It is especially important to get strong and skilled representation for this. Most builders write their own contracts. This, naturally, means they are skewed to protect them. You will definitely want an agent well versed in builder contracts to look over all the small print before you “sign on the dotted line.”
Did you know there is no fee to have me represent you and your best interest when you buy a home? In Texas, the seller pays all real estate agent fees.
When you are ready or simply considering buying a home. Call me.
I look forward to helping you on your real estate journey!

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Selling a home is a legal transaction in Texas with lots of contracts, disclosures and amendments. It may seem like an overwhelming task. It can be, however, if you break it down in to 8 simple steps, it can make it a lot easier.
Here is a quick 8 step overview of the home selling process:

  1. Meet with a Realtor and set the right price. It is important that you meet with an experienced, full time licensed real estate agent who studies the trends and is aware of what is going on in the current, ever changing market. You’ll want the agent who represents you to know what other homes yours will be competing against as well as what has sold in your neighborhood the last few months. All of this information is critical to know in order for you to price your home right and get as much money for it as possible.

  2. Prepare your home for sale-You’ll want to get your home as clean, decluttered, and in as good of repair as possible to make it as appealing to prospect buyers as you can. Think of it like when you go shopping for a car. Are you more likely to pick the one that is dirty, with cracked windows, and dried french fries on the back seat floor or one that is sparkling clean, in good repair, and ready to drive off the lot? There are lots of ways you can stage your home to increase its appeal without spending a ton of money. Make sure to work with a professional Realtor who has lots of experience in working with sellers to prepare their home for the market to make sure it shows the best it can.

  3. Put your home on the market and show it to prospective buyers-make sure your Realtor reviews with you the protocol and etiquette of having prospective buyers view your home.

  4. Receive an offer and get your home under contract. This is the best part! Your home may be one of your biggest assets. Make sure you work with a Realtor who is an experienced negotiator and knows the best strategies to make sure you have an outcome you are happy with. This is a skill they don’t teach in real estate school. Lots and lots of experience is the best teacher!

  5. Buyer’s 7 or 10 day option period (their right to terminate the contract) and negotiate potential buyer repair requests.

  6. Buyer’s lender conducts appraisal The lender wants to make sure your home is worth at least the contract price before they approve the buyer’s financing. This is yet another reason why it is vital you work with an experienced agent who knows the process of working through any issues that may come up with this report. If the issues aren’t resolved, it could cause the sale of your home to fall through.

  7. Prepare the home to close. Move out all your belongings and prepare the home for the buyer’s final walk through

  8. Closing Day. You’ve made it to the big day! Prior to closing you’ll want your Realtor to review final closing numbers provided by the title company to ensure they match up with the terms of the contract and any subsequent amendments. You’ll sign all the documents transferring ownership to the buyer and turn over your keys.

When I represent you on the sale of your home, rest assured I will guide you every step of the way. You’ll be confident in knowing I will handle all the behind the scenes work that is required to make sure the entire process, from deciding to sell your home to getting to closing day, is as easy and stress free for you as possible.
When you are ready to sell your home, call me. We can work to put a plan in place for you and I can answer any questions you may have. Some of the most common questions I get from homeowners are:
“What do we do if we want to buy a new home but need to sell our current one first?”
“How long from the home going on the market until the home changes ownership and we need to move out?”
“When is the best time of year to put our home on the market?”
I can answer all these questions and any others you may have
I look forward to helping you on your real estate journey!

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