Top 10 Reasons to Buy With COLLEGE TOWN LIVING!
1. Education & Experience
You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional like COLLEGE TOWN LIVING! Why not hire someone with the education and experience in real estate than can guide you through your entire transaction? We are all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros like us gives YOU that time!
2. Real Estate Agents are Buffers
COLLEGE TOWN LIVING agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you’re a buyer of new homes, your agent will keep the builder’s agents at bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. If you’re a seller, your agent will filter all those phone calls that lead to nowhere and try to induce serious buyers to immediately write an offer.
3. Neighborhood Knowledge
COLLEGE TOWN LIVING possesses intimate knowledge about your neighborhood. We can identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or demographics. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $350,000, but we will know if it had upgrades and sold at $285,000 after 65 days on the market and after twice falling out of escrow.
4. Price Guidance
Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, we do guide clients to make the right choices for themselves. If a listing is at 6%, for example, an agent has a 6% vested interest in the sale, but the client has a 94% interest. Selling agents will ask buyers to weigh all the data supplied to them and to choose a price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent will devise a negotiation strategy.
5. Market Conditions Information
COLLEGE TOWN LIVING will provide you with valuable information on current market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, and 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.
6. Professional Networking
We are constantly networking with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell real estate. Due to legal liability, we cannot steer your towards a certain individual or company over another, but we will recommend several vendors that have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. We can also give you a list of references with whom we have worked with and provide background information to help you make a wise selection.
7. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality
Top producing agents like COLLGE TOWN LIVING negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, we can remove ourselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because we are skilled. It’s part of our job description! We are not just messengers, delivering buyer’s offers to sellers and vice versa. We are professionals who are trained to present our client’s case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.
8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork
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. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands.
9. Answer Questions After Closing
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 your agent can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. We are ready to assist even after closing if you need us! We are not going leave you in the dust to fend for yourself!
10. Develop Relationships for Future Business
The basis for our success in real estate is referrals. This emphasis gives us a strong incentive to make you another happy and satisfied client and hopefully you will recommend us to your friends and family. It also means that we will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again in the future!