My very patient buyer was overjoyed to close on her Burnsville condo on Friday afternoon! The condo was a bank owned property and as is the case often times with bank owned properties there were a lot of challenges to overcome. We persevered and were able to successfully close on the deal. She was planning to start some small renovation work shortly after closing with the hope of being able to move in within a few days time. Congratulations on your new home!
One question that comes up so often is – Do you need a buyers agent? The answer is definitely, yes! I am not just saying this because I am a realtor, there are many reasons that buyers need representation and remember that when you are buying the realtor is paid for by the seller, so it is a free service for you!
You could just work with the listing agent for the property you would like to buy, but remember that the listing agent is working for the seller and has the seller’s best interest in mind, not yours. They can represent and guide you but will you really be getting the same service as you would with your own buyer’s agent? As a buyer, if you really want someone to look out for you and and only your interest, you need your own buyer’s agent. Your buyer’s agent will be knowledgeable about your needs, they will negotiate on your behalf and focus on everything that will represent you! (more…)
And the top real estate website is, according to the just released 2011 statistics, REMAX.com! It was the number one site for consumers searching for real estate! As most of us know, more and more people are turning to the internet for all their shopping needs and this does also include real estate. Statistically about 88% of home buyers search for their home online, and about 40% of home buyers actually find the home that they buy online. What this says to me is that for a seller, getting internet exposure is really the key to getting your home sold! Other major players that are not themselves real estate companies are Realtor.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com which make up about 20% of the sites consumers are searching. When I list a home, that home is not only on the sites I have mentioned but on another 40+ sites. My goal is to have your home out there for the public to see and to present it so that they also want to set up a showing and possibly write an offer. Many larger real estate companies are dropping off of some of the major real estate websites which will limit internet exposure for their listings, this is definitely not what you want if you are a seller! If you are considering selling your home, give me a call! I would be more than happy to go over my internet marketing plan with you!
Are you planning on buying a home this spring? This video clip goes over many of the steps you need to take and things you need to consider when starting your home search. Contact me for more information, I can assist you in your search for the perfect home!