So per usual, I was all jazzed up to start something (blogging here), and then life/business got in the way. From here on out, I’ll let my actions speak for themselves. I’ll be doing my best to post regular blogs on pertinent real estate and life topics...here we go again...
While it’s officially summer here in Scituate, MA, and life can’t get much better, let’s talk about that CRAZY Spring market! We’ve been busy at Castleknock, thanks to some awesome clients and some great homes. And as one may have heard...this market was, and is, pure LUNACY! We’ve had a nice mix of listings and sales, so it’s been nice to see things from both sides of the coin, both with their pros and cons. Yes, listings priced correctly get multiple offers over asking. And yes, in many cases as a buyer, if you want to be competitive, you need to go over asking, have strong financing, and meet the sellers’ needs as far as timeline. Check out @casteknockrg and @dstevensrealtor on instagram, and our Facebook page for updates regularly...
But since homes are going to list and sell now and forever into the future...I’m here to share with you my honest opinion of this market:
WORKING WITH THE “RIGHT” BROKER COULDN’T BE ANY MORE IMPORTANT!
Every single buyer and seller in this market needs the “right” representation. There are too many moving parts, too many heightened emotions, and at the crux of it all, perhaps the most important investment of a person’s life: a home.
Make sure you are interviewing your broker/agent, and that they are doing the same to you. How do you communicate best? How do they? When do you like phone calls? Texts? Emails? Are there times when you don’t like to be disturbed? Does your agent just want a sale, or do they want to find you the “right” home? While all of these questions seem simple and mundane, they can be the difference between finding and winning the “right” home...or not.
So, if you want to be successful with either buying or selling in this market, or really, in any market, here are some questions that are essential to have answered in a working relationship with a broker:
Do you communicate well with them? Text, Call, Email? Set the expectations early...
Are you able to have insightful and perhaps, difficult conversations?
Is your broker able to build quick relationships with other brokers/agents?
Does your broker know what you are looking for in the transaction? No, really, do they know? Have they asked you?
Do they know how to price or comp a property?
Those are just some of the questions that come to mind when I think of what sets great brokers apart from good ones. Where I land on that spectrum...you’ll have to ask my clients. I’m far from perfect, but I do believe that my honesty and ability to develop quick relationships with other agents, is likely my most appealing and effective trait. Now, Tara will tell you that I need to continue to work on my communication skills, and she may not be wrong...yikes!