Cover your bases with basics & you'll always have a foot in the door!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

This month we have some excellent challenges and Debbie Reynolds is hosting a good one on sharing strategies, tips and ideas that can increase your offers to get noticed and accepted.

I’ve discovered if you are covering your bases with the basics you will be assured a foot in the door every time. There is no magic brew and no easy answer to insure you’ll win in every multiple offer situation. But if you’re looking to increase your odds dramatically and make sure your buyers have a better than even chance than make sure you are following these basics:

Know your market

That means making sure you have bird dogs letting you know of any “coming soon” properties and or anyone thinking of selling (nextdoor sites are great sources of information). Network with agents and share information..join Facebook groups, know what agents in your office are listing .. share ..share ..share and it will come back to you!! Remember you get by giving! You can’t make an offer if you don’t know about the property!

Know your colleagues

Make sure your colleagues know you and how you do business. Treating agents with respect and a cooperative attitude will take you a long way and trust me will help get your foot in the door when you encounter a multiple offer scenario! No one wants to work with a “know-it-all” or one who isn’t a problem solver.

Know your contract inside and out

Having a leg up will help you but you better know how to write that clean offer that every seller and their agent want to see! Full knowledge of your contracts and addendum's backwards and forwards is a must! Taking time preparing your buyers from the beginning will make all the difference when it’s time to assemble your offer. You’re the business manager and need to explain the whys and process and importunately how to execute the documents. If the buyer wants the house you have to play all your cards to win! It's not done by a magic potion its done by being prepared and fit the pieces of the puzzle together to make it happen. #dothework #hustle #knowyourmarket #makeithappen.

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Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

Dorie hello.
Some smart advises and tips to follow.
Thank you.
Good day.

Apr 26, 2017 11:01 AM #20
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Seems obvious, but it's not.  Knowing the basics works :-)  Have a great Saturday! -Kasey

Apr 29, 2017 08:33 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I am so glad that Gabe Sanders reblogged this excellent post.  The key word "know" covers it all. 

Apr 29, 2017 11:56 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice Dorie. Congratulations on the well deserved feature!

Apr 29, 2017 12:13 PM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good points and like  Sharon Tara ... this was a good pick for a feature post.

Apr 30, 2017 06:18 PM #24
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the good advice. I always make sure I know all the changes they make in our contracts each year.

May 01, 2017 03:03 AM #25
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those tips will get the job done most of the time, Dorie. Thanks for sharing your strategies.

May 01, 2017 07:49 PM #26
Amy Kramer
Reilly Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

As always sage advice Dorie Dillard .  The contract piece resonates with is amazing how much can be missed and therefore your clients miss out on their dream home.

May 02, 2017 04:58 PM #27
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Three great tips, Dorie. Know the market, know your colleagues, and know your contract and you'll go far.

May 03, 2017 05:47 PM #28
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

Those all go under the "do a good job" rubric, it seems.

May 03, 2017 06:09 PM #29
Chuck Gollay
Exit Realty Paramount - Traverse City, MI

Staying true to the basics is always great advice.  Sound knowledge of the basics, plus familiarity with the market is a sure recipe for long term success.

May 03, 2017 06:11 PM #30
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Great post, Dorie!  I would add...COMMUNICATE!  With the other agent, with your clients, with the lender, the attorney, etc.!

May 03, 2017 06:48 PM #31
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Beautiful advice. It amazes me that people still think they can succeed when cutting corners.

Real estate sales is NOT an easy job!

May 03, 2017 07:36 PM #32
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Great advice Dorie Dillard !....and the cream will always rise to the top!  Congratulations on the feature.

May 03, 2017 08:13 PM #33
Flavia Brown
310-374-9093 - Manhattan Beach, CA
Realty One Group United

Great advice, especially about knowing the contract. I even give my clients a quick written explanation of every paragraph in the contract, because they can't remember everything, and it is a protection for me. I don't want any client to come back to me and say, "You never explained this to me."  My written explanation also come with an index with 175 entries.

Flavia Brown

Realty One Group United

Hermosa Beach

May 03, 2017 08:58 PM #34
Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate

Great stuff.  All of it great advice. I always feel more confident dealing with someone who writes a "clean" offer.  I try to do the same.

May 04, 2017 03:35 AM #35
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Dorie, all 3 points are key to helping the consumer know that you are the right agent for them to do business with.

Our relationship with other agents is important. We should be careful to not be negative with them, we want them to know how we do business.

Know the contract, Know the contract. 

Thanks for focusing on the basics.

May 04, 2017 04:21 AM #36
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great advice Dorie. We just had a contact change here, in Florida. It is so important to have local knowledge, market knowledge and know the contracts.

May 04, 2017 04:21 AM #37
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

Great advice. A good reminder to stick to the basics.

May 04, 2017 05:37 AM #38
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Great advice and with each new listing comes new challenges.

Jun 02, 2017 07:36 AM #39
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