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Tips on Hiring a Realtor

by Mark Rieger, Duke Warner Realty

If you are considering buying or selling a home, hiring a reliable real estate agent should be one of the first things on your "to do" list. You can choose to go on your own without an agent, but your resources and exposure will be limited.   

When choosing a realtor, your decision should be based on the agent's integrity, reliability, and trustworthiness. You need to find an agent that has your best interest in mind. A good real estate agent is professional at all times and is knowledgeable about factors that are significant to your personal situation.

Finding a good real estate agent can be difficult. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has shared several guidelines to follow when hiring a real estate agent. NAR recommends asking these necessary questions before determining whether or not to hire a realtor:

  • How long have you been into sales of residential properties? Ask if your agent's job is full time or part time. The best reason for asking this question is that real estate knowledge and skills are mostly learned while practicing the job. However, experience may still not be a total guarantee of the agent's reliability and resourcefulness.
  • What credentials do you hold? The realtor should be duly licensed by the state or any governing body. This would assure you that he has met standards and requirements in education, testing, and training. Real estate pros could hold designations like Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) or Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI).
  • How many properties did you Sell last year? The volume of successful transactions headed by the agent could be an indication of how reliable and trustworthy he is. You may ask several addresses as well as selling prices if you need to verify the information shared.
  • What marketing approach would you use? You should choose a realtor who is aggressive, creative, and innovative when buying or selling properties. Do not forget to ask for references. You can learn a lot more information about the agent from those.

Choose a realtor who is an experienced professional, will listen to you, knows your needs, and knows your market.

If you're in need of professional real estate assistance, whether your looking to Buy or Sell, please give me a call. I'll be happy to help. 

Get a Bargain on a New Home: Buy This Winter

by Mark Rieger, Duke Warner Realty




Temperatures are dropping and so is the number of homes that are currently selling. The majority of homes are usually sold during warmer months, particularly April through July according to However, cold weather seems to offer homebuyers a better bargain.

Often, people who list their homes during the winter are moving out of necessity. Many people don't want to move their families during the middle of a school year, and most homes have more curb appeal to Sell faster during warmer months. If a job transfer, school, or financial hardship is dictating a timeline for the seller, it can often lead to a better bargain for the buyer.

There are fewer buyers in the market from November through February, which you can use to your advantage as a homebuyer. It's inconvenient to go house shopping when it's cold outside, and most people don't want to move during the winter. With fewer buyers, there's less competition. If you decide to Buy a home this winter, don't be afraid to negotiate the price. You may want to ask for more inclusions. However, make sure you are reasonable. The seller can always wait for the next buyer if your demands are too high.

Because of the slower market, industry professionals have more time to devote to your real estate search. Lenders are usually able to process your paperwork quickly and get you approved.

Keep in mind that retirement destinations and ski destinations don't see the seasonal changes other parts of the country do. But if you're looking for a bargain in your area, buying a home this winter may be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Give me a call today if you are looking to Buy or Sell a home anytime soon!

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