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REAL Realtors Make a Difference

Do you have an amazing Realtor? Do you know what to look for to find one? A Realtor is not just the person who lists your property or shows you potential homes. A Realtor should become an integral part of your home sale, your home search, and any of your real estate needs over the years. Choosing the right agent isn’t as simple as calling a family friend or striking up a conversation with a stranger who happens to have a license. Finding the very best Realtor for you should be more than a passive decision; it should be as important to you as is the goal of buying or selling your home. Ask yourself these questions about your current Realtor: Does s/he build a relationship with you, listen to your goals and concerns, and work with you, making your needs their own? Do you know that your goals always come before his/her own personal gain? Does s/he provide you with a comparative market analysis to price your existing home or to guide the purchase price of your new home? Do you receive regular updates on surrounding properties so that you rest easy, knowing that your property remains top-of-mind for consumers? Is s/he a clear and precise communicator, a motivated and driven professional, and an honest, reliable representative of his/her customers? Is s/he a problem solver, not a problem creator? Do the other people in the real estate business value him/her and respect his/her expertise, professionalism, and honesty? Are emails, texts, and phone calls returned in a timely, courteous manner, or do you often feel like you are always...

Beware of Scams

There are several real estate scams that are starting to pop up again that you should be aware of. There are two different scams that have been resurfacing in larger metro areas but could also show up locally. One has to do with rental property and the other one is homes listed for sale. Both of these have happened in our area in the past so you should know how to spot them and what you should do if you become a victim. The first scam having to do with property for rent uses a listing on the internet which looks legitimate. Online sites such as Craig’s List or Facebook are used to post these fake listings for rental property. Often times the pictures and property information have been scraped from a legitimate listing and re-posted with the scammers contact information. Many of these properties are already rented so the “owner” won’t allow the perspective renter to see the property in person claiming that upgrades are being done or the property is being painted inside. The person claiming to be the property owner will use pressure tactics saying there are many people wanting this unit so you have to send me a deposit or several month’s rent right now if you want it. They will almost always ask for the money to be sent through a wire transfer, credit card or some other electronic form of payment to a random location which usually can’t be traced. The second scam is similar but this time the scammer will find legitimate real estate listings for homes for sale and post them...

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