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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
When your home is first listed, easy access is very, very important.
Realtors and their clients have to be able to get in the door to see the place! If we can't see it, we can't sell it.
Here's how it typically works:
I have some buyers for a particular part of Northern Virginia looking for a town house. It has to be nice and it has to be near Metro. And there are a bunch on the market we've already seen - and some have been on the market for a while now. But the good ones go quickly. So yesterday when a new listing came up, I immediately picked up the phone to arrange a quick preview before issuing a Red Hot House Alert to my buyers.
While the information had been fed into MRIS, the agent hadn't put the lockbox on the door yet. He didn't have the keys. And he had showing instructions that said basically leave a message with the seller and head over.
So I'm wondering how many other buyer agents who, like me, had buyers chomping at the bit, got to the house and scratched their heads looking for a Sentrilock box that wasn't there. My guess is there were a few pretty ticked off agents driving around North Arlington.
Luckily, I called the listing agent before I set off. He explained the situation and I arranged my preview for later in the afternoon when the seller was home. And I'm so glad I saw it before I called my buyer out of a meeting to come see his new place. It was attractive in many ways, but at the same time, a little bit quirky. I'll tell them about it certainly, but my guess is that it just won't work at all.
But the point I'm trying to make here is this: by the time your agent feeds your listing information into your local multiple listing service, it should be ready for prime time!
It should have a lockbox with keys that have been tested and will actually open the door.
The photo tour should be loaded immediately.
For at least the first week, even if you are living there, you should go out of your way to accommodate agents who want to preview or show the place.
It should look just wonderful, with great staging inside and out.
Any Realtor eating pets should be out of the house.
The group of people most likely to include your buyers will want to get in during the first few days, no, the first few hours the place is on the market. If your home is a pain to get into or shows poorly, you could miss out on an opportunity to get it sold quickly.
Easy access to new listings is just crucial.
If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, I can help. Call, email or text me at:
Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.