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If you are shopping for a Realtor; it is apparent that you believe in Realtors or accept the fact that we
can help you sell your home faster. As a Realtor, I am confident that I can help you sell your home using the following tools,
mls, multiple pictures, circlepix tours, yardsign and pricing your home right
the first time are vital tools that are used in order to get your homes full market value.
San Jose Multiple Listing Service
The Multiple Listing Service or MLS is a listing tool used by Realtors to advertise your home for sale to other Realtors. You want to be on this list because Realtors select homes for their buyers to view from this list. You're not on the market until you're in the MLS and as your Realtor my job is to highlight your home effectively and aggressively to other Realtors and buyers. I believe in marketing to other Realtors because I know Realtors sell homes. For example, if we market your home to 10 Realtors and each of them have at least 5 buyers that adds up to 50 potential buyers instead of 10 buyers if we are to just market your home to buyers. There are over 7,000 active Realtors in the San Jose area..... doesn't that just make more sense? Advertising to Realtors has proven to be more productive than advertising to buyers but both are essential when it comes to selling your home.
We take multiple pictures of your home becasue we know that buyers want to see pictures. Realtor.com reported that over 95% of home buyers requested to see more pictures of the homes for sale to determine which homes they wanted to visit. Folks, buyers want to see pictures; multiple pictures adds up to multiple visits which adds up to a faster sell and an above average price for your home.
We offer Circlepix tours for your home. This tour is a virtual snapshot of your home. Buyers love this marketing tool. Click here for demo: Demo We are committed to offering you the best marketing tools available.
Pricing Your Home
Pricing your home is a vital step in the selling process. There are 3 different prices for every home and each price is determine on the need or motivation of the seller. There is a below average, average and an above average price; I coach my sellers to setting the right price the first time because most homes sell within 60 to 90 days if it is price right. I complete a CMA (comparative market analysis) and a CSA (comparative sales analysis) of comparative homes that have sold along with the active, expired, and withdrawn properties to determine what your home should sell for. These comparatives are the same comparatives that appraisers will used to determine the price of your home. Pricing your home right the first time along with marketing your home to Realtors adds up to SOLD.
Please contact Me at 408.850.7994 for my complete full service marketing proposal plan. It's Absolutely free and their is no obligation. Thirty minutes of your time could mean the difference between zero to thousands of dollars in your pocket.
10 Questions to Ask Your REALTOR® about Selling Your House
1. Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you been representing sellers?
Knowing if an agent practices full-time can help you determine her commitment to your transaction. As with most any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect.
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 all their clients.
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 start their home search online. San Jose, being "The
High Tech Capitol for the World" the average buyer has at least one home computer and appreciates the fact that haome searches are available 24 hours a day and can be done at home. So you want the most online exposure for your home as possible. My SanJoseTeam.com site will give you a clear picture of how much information I privide for my clients home listings.
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).