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What Kind of Agent Do You Have After the Sale?

Real Estate Agent with Rancon Real Estate

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 --- ?

Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

You're right, in today's market you need an agent that is going to WORK for you based on today's climate, not the market of 3-4 years ago!


Feb 26, 2009 01:04 AM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Great post!  In today's market having a Professional Real Estate Agent you can trust and depend on is extremely important when buying or selling property.   

Mar 02, 2009 03:43 AM
C. Brunetti

Home buyers, especially in this market, also need a licensed appraiser to value their home.  This is so important in order to get a fair valuation for the market value of the home.  This will ensure that the home owner is getting a mortgage for the home based on a correct and accurate valuation.

Mar 06, 2009 03:22 AM
Brad Yzermans
First Time Home Buyer & Down Payment Assistance Specialist in So Cal. - Temecula, CA
Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee FHA/VA Mortgage Lender

Great points....this is true of loan officers.  Most just move on without any regard to the potential for future referral business with clients.  I heard that for every month you don't keep in touch with a client you lose 10% of your ability to get a referral from them.

Mar 25, 2009 06:44 AM
Mary Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Bentonville, AR

Good Morning Sandra, Good post I hope you find the time to come back to the Rain and post some more.  Have a great fall season.

Oct 10, 2011 02:10 AM