I go all out for my clients, and here’s some of the great service you should expect.
Being a Realtor isn’t just about showing homes. It’s also about helping people realize their dreams. The best Realtors live for the satisfaction that comes when clients achieve goals, whether that means finding a dream home or concluding the successful sale of a house put on the market due to a relocation. My track record as a Realtor in Tampa, and also in the St. Pete-Clearwater region, is one of fulfilling these objectives – and making the process fun!
When I see people save money or avoid costly blunders or finish a transaction with that just-right feeling, it’s crystal clear in my mind why the Realtor’s role is so vital. But for people outside the industry, the reasons to include a Realtor’s representation in the process might not be so obvious.
When I think about the benefits to both buyer and seller, I find that they fall into three broad categories: Saving you money, saving you time, and aligning your interests perfectly to the situation at hand for a harmonious outcome. Here is just some of what I do so that my work fits into all three categories.
Saving you money
- Point you in the right direction to determine how much home you can afford
- Analyze comparable home sales
- Negotiate in a savvy way to ensure you buy or sell at a good price
- Advise you on the pros and cons of the offer you make or receive
- Make sure you consider any needed concessions or repairs
- Assess whether it’s a buyers’ or sellers’ market and maneuver accordingly
Saving you time
- Make sure home and pest inspections happen
- Advertise and host open houses
- Research neighborhoods, local amenities, school systems and more
- Recommend title firms, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and other professionals
- Schedule appointments to show your home or to view new ones
- Coordinate with everyone, including title and lending companies and other Realtors
- Review homeowner association documents to flag any anomalies
- Keep on top of forms, reports and disclosures so that the deal keeps moving forward
Creating a harmonious outcome
- Find you the home with just the features you are looking for
- Advertise in targeted places to reach the right potential buyers
- Provide a sane voice during bidding wars or competing cash-offer scenarios
- Review closing documents to spot potential problems in time to fix them
- Use specialized, professional search tools to turn up unusual properties
- Carry off a sale with everyone feeling like a winner
I carry out all of these functions and more on behalf of my clients.
One of the key reasons to rely on a Realtor’s skill is the fact that virtually no transaction takes place without negotiation. Finance blogger Tara Struyk, writing in Forbes magazine, points out that negotiating can be a tricky business. A Realtor can keep things from getting too personal, which can easily happen when the subject is as close to the heart as a home. As a buyer, your Realtor may help you keep from unwittingly offending a seller who learns of your critical assessment of the décor, for instance. As a seller, you may lose patience with potential buyers who want to niggle about price, while your Realtor knows how to gentle them along and provoke an offer.
Working with a Realtor also affords you protections under law that can save you money and/or sleepless nights. Realtors are licensed and must put their clients’ interests first. Also, in many states including Florida, Realtors are among the professionals bound to disclose any known defects or conditions to potential buyers. Beyond these strictures of law, the best Realtors also follow a code of ethics. I adhere to a strict code of ethics that includes duties not just to clients and customers but also to the public.
It bears reminding buyers that they do not pay commission; the seller does. So if you are a buyer, it makes no sense to undertake what may be the largest potential financial transaction of your life without an advocate at your side.
The trend for people to sell “by owner” comes and goes, and it may work in some cases. But in the majority of transactions, using the professional services of a Realtor will save everyone time, money and potential grief.