It Doesn't Look Like This on the Internet!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647

I was out showing houses yesterday with some real motivated buyers.  A couple of items caught my attention during these showings.

As we entered the first property my buyer asked me about the price.  For the neighborhood he felt it was a bit high.  My response was "not really, this custom built home is not like some of the others."   A short time after entering I heard the comment "the pictures do not do justice to this house!" 

Pictures are important.  

I have been in many listings where the photos made the property look better but this was a first for me.  Pictures can work both ways. 

The next property was a bit newer. Coincidentally the listing agent was conducting an open house.  While my buyers were looking I made small talk with the hosting agent.  (I don't bird-dog my buyers).   I asked simple questions.  

First, who was the builder?  There were multiple builders in this gated community.   Some were custom builders while others used cookie cutter plans.  The agent's response...I don't know.

I then asked a simple question about the age of the house.  Again the agent did not know the answer.  Nor did the agent know the answer about homeowner association fees.

The agent did know the answer to how long they had been an agent... not very long.

Product knowledge is key.  Neighborhood knowledge is crucial.  There is even more to an open house than just having the front door open.

By the way, my buyers did put an offer in on the first house.

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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker at  Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and surrounding communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.

 

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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And so it goes in all aspect of professional life.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Jun 11, 2017 04:48 PM #1
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
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Wow...most of your questions could have been answered if that agent had just printed out the MLS sheet on the house. You're absolutely right: there is more to doing an open house then opening the door. 

Jun 11, 2017 05:54 PM #2
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Lou Ludwig
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Gary

Gary as real estate professionals it's up to us to be knowledgeable.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 11, 2017 07:27 PM #3
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William Feela
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I have heard this also and I have heard that the  p hoto's  make the houselook bigger.  The agent used a fish eye lens to make it look bigger and the buyer walked without looking at the entire home.

Jun 11, 2017 09:16 PM #4
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Gary-This is the difference between a truly professional agent and one who isn't. It's also why sellers need to choose their agents wisely.

Jun 17, 2017 01:11 PM #5
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