Getting a deal to closing isn't always an easy task.Today with short sales and REOs - bank owned properties - it isn't like the good old days. Everything doesn't fall into beautifully into place. There aren't eager sellers to pretty up the homes, plant colorful flowers out front and make sure the place smells delicious.
In Southern California-Temecula/Murrieta - we are just thrilled that the banks are paying to turn on the water and pay for yard service! The people that are trying to short sale their homes have neither the money or the inclination to stage their homes. It is so hard to know you are leaving your home under not great circumstances.
All of this add up to buyers that want the great prices that this economy afford but need extra babysitting from agents to help them see the great potential in the homes they are buying. Especially the long time lag on the short sales are very stressful. That is when you see what kind of agent you have.
You need an agent that can think like a nervous buyer.You need your hand held every step of the way, with all of the steps explained and reexplained. After all of the stress of the sale is over, many of your agents disappear. They seems to only to be able to put their energy into one or two things at a time. That is only the beginning of what you need your agent for. You should be able to call them any time to ask about Home Warranty, taxes, neighbors, carpet cleaners, bee removers, painters, roofers-----and so on and so on.
If they are interacting with you, you can be kept up to date about property values in the area. It is very nerve wracking to have more and more home go up for sale on a street you just invested in---
It is very important for me to be the kind of agent that a buyer can depend on AFTER the sale. How about you --- ?