Why should I hire a real estate agent? Can't I buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels without a real estate agent?
If you've wondered why, here are 11 reasons we think you should you should work with an agency--ours.
Since 1974 (more than 40 years ago) we have been the leading reall estate firm in the Wintergreen area, and have brought more buyers and sellers together than anyone else. We are consistent sales leaders, often outselling most of the other firms combined.
Are you a real estate expert? Probably not. But you don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you work with us. We're all looking for more precious time in our lives, and working with us instead of trying to do it yourself gives you that time back. Choose someone who knows real estate—and we know more about real estate in this area than any other firm.
Our team has more knowledge than anyone else in the area. Anyone else. We not only have intimate knowledge of the area, but chances are we have been involved with properties you are interested in since they were built or first offered for sale. We not only know the properties, we know their history.
We don’t select prices for sellers or buyers. However, we will help to guide you to make the right choices. We will provide market data, but want you to choose a price that’s right for you. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, we will work with you on a negotiation strategy.
We know the up-to-date market conditions that govern the selling or buying process. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do. We will share this information with you and explain its impact.
We have an established network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. We know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing and can provide both a list of references and the background information you need to make a wise selection.
Top producing agents like ours negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer's offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client's case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.
One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today's purchase agreements run 10 pages or more. That does not include the federal- and state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of paper. We know how to minimize your effort while protecting you from mistakes or omissions either as a buyer or seller.
Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you're a buyer, we will shield you from overly-aggressive sellers and agents. If you're a seller, we will filter unqualified phone calls and work to induce serious buyers to write an offer.
Even the smoothest transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to us can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. We are ready to assist you, and that readiness doesn’t end at closing.
If you are looking at a vacation property, and want to consider renting, we can show you how to offset your costs, either by renting through our full-service rental program or by using our innovative, low-cost "Peace of Mind" program. Chances are that we have the rental history of exactly the property you are interested in and will be happy to go over it with you. We can help you understand the financials, and show you what to expect.
We are honored to have built a base of happy, satisfied clients over the past forty years. We have served many clients many times, both as buyers and then as sellers. We would be happy to share some of their experiences with you and hope to count you as our client in the near future.