How do I know if that Zillow foreclosure listing is available?
Zillow does a wonderful dis-service to retail buyers by scraping foreclosure notices, and then posting them as apparent listings leading the typical buyer to think they might be able to get a great deal (let’s not talk about how that’s a mis-conception in itself). Anyway, at least they provide a good clue as to if a particular foreclosure is available for sale. Just look at the colored dot/icon…
Sometimes the difference in a couple extra thousand dollars is the Realtor that stays up past midnight to get a deal done for their seller. Much is talked about in the Realtor community about having “business hours” and “setting expectations”. So that all of my clients and potential clients know, my business hours are 24×7 (ok, I do sleep sometimes) and the expectation you should have is that I’ll do whatever it takes to get your deal done!
Not sure why I hadn’t asked before, but about a week ago I asked some past clients to provide testimonials and ratings on FB, Realtor.com, Zillow, etc and boy did they respond! Over the next month I’ll be posting some of them here along with a bit of commentary.
Take the testimonial below as just one example. As a Realtor I pride myself in not only taking care of a client during the deal, but also afterwords. There’s a reason I say choosing FreedomRE is an #unreal experience. My clients are clients for life, and I hope that when you’re ready you reach out and can experience the difference.
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Our property sold quickly at full asking price. I highly recommend Mark to anyone buying or selling a home!
Looking to sell quickly and at a good price? Let’s chat!
Today I happened to be browsing the MLS, like I do on a nearly daily basis, and came across a home listed for more than $700,000! “Wow!” I thought. “I need to check this place out”. So I clicked through to take a look. The first picture was beautiful. Obviously not taken recently – given the lush green grass and all 🙂 Then I clicked through to the next and was greeted with a blurry mess. “Surely this can’t be right” I figured and moved on to the next. A few in, there’s one with the camera flash reflecting back off the window. As I moved on almost half of the photos were grainy or blurry. And this was on a $700,000+ house!
Ok I thought. The agent must be a newbie or a discounter. That would explain not being able to afford or being willing to have a professional photographer do the images, right? Wrong again. I won’t name names, but let’s just say this agent has more than the means to have the photos done right 😉
So, why am I writing about this? Because I truly believe that the details make all the difference. Once I got over the hump in getting my RE practice humming I hired a professional photographer for the first time, and let me just say they are worth their weight in gold! Now, every client that lists with me gets professional photos (apologies to my clients when I was just starting out).
So, when it comes time to list your home you can either hire the agent that takes the photos themselves or has their “assistant” do it, or someone – like me! 🙂 – that will see to it that the details are tended to weather your house lists for $100k or $700k+.
The prelisting period is when we are getting your home ready to be put on the market, and there are a number of important pieces involved.
Comps and Pricing
Repairs / Cleanup
Staging / Lighting
The listing period happens the days around the actual day your home is listed in the MLS and includes…
Sign and Keybox
Now that your home is officially listed it’s time to get some showings!
Accept requests via ShowingTime
Try to be as flexible as possible
Be sure valuables and medicines are removed or locked up
Turn lights on!
Remove odors – cooking, pets, teenagers 🙂
Feedback will be requested on all showings and forwarded as soon as received
Any offer I receive will be discussed with you as soon as possible!
I will contact all other showing agents to try and drum up multiple offers
Accept / Reject / Counter
Showings by me
It is my goal to bring the best buyer to you, no matter if me or another agent is working with them. For anyone that I show your home to I will require a proof of funds (pre-approval letter or bank statement). This is a protection to you and I.
You are the client so I will work with you as desired, but my general policy based on personal experience and that of other agents in our office is that open houses are usually not a good use of anyone’s time. Truly motivated buyers will be working with an agent, or contact me directly for a viewing. I would rather not spend either of our valuable family time sitting at an open house.
Different parts of this form will be filled out depending on if the home was build prior to 1978 or not. If it was, you will need to provide any information you have about the known presence of lead based paint (LBP) in the home. If it was built after, then you will just be certifying that they home was built after 1978.
Please contact me with any questions on the specifics.
This form needs to be filled out by you without any input from me. After you have completed the form, please return the original copy to me and I will scan it and add it to dotloop for reference. When we close, you will need to certify that nothing has changed or if something has, make note of that.