Use a REALTOR®
As a buyer, it usually costs nothing to hire a real estate professional to help you find and purchase a home. Your agent will likely get a portion of the commission the seller pays to his Broker. When choosing an agent, get referrals from friends, relatives, and co-workers, and then interview as many agents as possible. Pick an agent that works in the neighborhoods you're interested in. Listen to your agent, but make your own decision.
Use a REALTOR®
Some homeowners think that selling their own home will save money and give them an advantage over the REALTOR®-using majority. Before you start down this complicated path, here are a few reasons why using a real estate professional is important: 1) You will be drastically limiting your exposure to potential buyers, which means it can take between 10 and 15 times longer to sell your home. Houses that take a long time to sell usually sell for less because buyers believe there must be something wrong with them. 2) Most buyers find negotiating with sellers extremely awkward, and therefore avoid For Sale By Owner situations. 3) Most buyers use a REALTOR® in their home search, and most buyers' agents will typically not work with FSBOs because they will not be paid. This means you will have to offer a selling commission to attract buyer's agents, which will cut into your expected "savings." 4) Lack of negotiating experience can result in a lower selling price, or worse, a bungled contract and possible lawsuits. It is probably unwise to pit your negotiating skills against those of experienced professionals. 5) If you plan to use a lawyer to help you negotiate, your lawyer's fees could be considerably higher than a Broker's commission. Unlike REALTORS®, lawyers do not get paid for proactively representing your best interests or mediating delicate situations. 6) You only pay a commission to your Broker if they successfully sell your home at a price you are happy with. Ask questions, There are no dumb questions. Not asking questions is dumb.
When Real Estate Counts...Count On Me!
Choosing a real estate agent who has the tools, skills and experience to make your dreams come true can be as challenging as the home buying process itself. Let me make it simple for you.
Customers for Life.
Every one of my clients is unique, and that is exactly how I treat him or her. I'm proud to say that a high percentage of my business comes from past clients-from people who choose my services time and again. I don't measure my success by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way.
If you are interested in buying or selling, I would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your real estate needs. Call me today or send me an e-mail. I'm waiting to hear from you!
Did you know.
Good communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship. You can count on me to provide you with the information you need on a schedule and in a manner that suits you best.
Stan 'The Real Estate Man' Fikes
owner/operator New Homes Safari Div.
REALTOR® 30 years-resident 39