Why work with a real estate agent in this internet filled world we live in? Let me put it this way: You could do a Google search for “Paris” but what if one of your good friends has been to Paris say, 20 times over the last few years? Isn’t it good to get advice from both? Sometimes the internet can be overwhelming with facts and data, and the use of a good reliable real estate agent can help you decipher which facts are the most important for you to know. Also, it’s one thing to see a property online, it’s another to stand in it physically and really get a feel for how big the space is, how much light it’s getting, and how close the neighbors are, as well as what the surrounding neighborhood is like. A good agent will help you see the forest AND the trees.
A good agent is like an extra set of eyes and ears for their clients. They can offer sellers feedback on how much to de-clutter their space, why their favorite teddy bear from their childhood might need to go in a closet during the open house, and which color to paint the front door. Additionally, a good agent will give their clients recommendations on lenders to work with, negotiate strategies that are a win-win for both the sellers and the buyers, advise on ways to do simple renovations after settlement to make the living area more open, and give their clients the names of handymen and contractors to help them with those projects.
I also try to be inclusive when working with my clients. I realize that many clients have significant others, parents, children, or roommates that they will be bringing along on the showings, and will also be giving feedback and potentially even be living in the new property with the client. If someone wants to check to make sure the HVAC system is really working properly, while someone else is putting together measurements for drapes, I try to answer questions from both parties. Or find out the answers from the sellers or listing agent. Buying a home can be one of the biggest purchases and decisions a client makes in their lifetime, so I understand the need to bring along others to help with the decision making and fact finding.
In many cases I have helped my clients through the home buying process, then gone to get a drink and celebrate with them afterward, and I feel l truly have made a new friend through the process.
I will be teaching a homebuyer seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Paragon Title and Escrow at 1410 Q St., NW at 6:30 p.m., along with Tina DelCasale from Sandy Spring Bank to discuss the home buying process more in depth. Refreshments will be served and the seminar will last about an hour.
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Joseph Hudson is a Realtor with The Oakley Group at Compass. He can be reached at 703-587-0597 or Joseph.firstname.lastname@example.org.