I LOVE Social Media! I rely on it for marketing, networking, staying in the loop, learning new things and celebrity gossip! 😉 I mean, seriously, how else am I to know that Kanye West was upset with Britney Spears because her single was #1 and not his or where else am I going to see a belly pic from P!NK?
But to be serious, I firmly believe that as a Real Estate Agent in today’s world Social Media is a must! It must be woven into our marketing plans and also used to keep abreast of the current trends. It has turned this entire world into one big learning classroom and it just keeps growing. With that growth though I have seen such terrible things in the last few months. Some of what I have seen is part and parcel as to why I had to take a “break” from much social media participation. Doesn’t mean that I wasn’t lurking and still taking it all in though!
I have seen Tweets from local agents talking about their clients personal finances, what kind of offers their clients are going to make, what a seller might take for a home since the list price was just a suggestion, results of inspection reports prior to communicating them with buyers and/or sellers, talk of commission that would certainly violate the AntiTrust Act and so many more horrible things. Status updates on Facebook where the agent and the buyer or seller were friends and they were having “open conversations” about a transaction they were in the middle of. I have seen agents completely SLAM a client through a status update and their wall on Facebook that was public. I just shake my head……what else can I do? It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know to go to MLS and see what deals that agent has pending and from the information given in the update or tweet or BLOG which house they are talking about.
So, please…….embrace social media for all the good that it is. It is such a wonderful tool for all of us! But you also need to respect it’s wide reach and realize that what you type is for all the world to see. Even if you think it’s “private” or that only a select few will see it that’s definitely a FEW TOO MANY! Keep your deals private and your opinions of your clients or other agents to yourself.
With Spring just around the corner one can’t help but think of fresh new beginnings, clean air, blooming flowers and days that start to linger a little longer. If you are thinking about selling your home then Spring is an exceptional time to enter the housing market! You’ll be sparkling fresh and ready for all of the buyers that are getting those tax refund checks, looking to relocate and even those that are looking to move to a new neighborhood. Who knows, your home just might be THE ONE that someone has always driven by and dreamed they could own!
You have a little time to get your home ready before the start of the Spring market so take advantage of this time and be one step ahead. Here are a few tips and ideas that can help you road map your way to a successful listing come Spring…….
- Clear out the clutter! It’s a great time to start organizing those old, unused items and having a yard sale. Still too cold for a yard sale where you are? Craigslist is a great place to get some items sold as it eBay. Don’t forget you can also donate most items to your local Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill or check out your local area to see if you have a local chapter of Freecycle.org.
- Address some of those little projects that you have putting off. Check around your home for leaky faucets, squeaky doors, burnt out lightbulbs and caulking around tubs and sinks. What may seem little fixes will ultimately have a big impact!
- Update your decor! Neutral is key when it comes to home colors and decor. A gallon of paint in a neutral color can truly transform a room! Just add a few accents like throw pillow or accent rugs with some complimentary color to add a little “punch”!
- Take a tour of the exterior of your home. Clean out those gutters, powerwash your house, deck, drive and walkways, spruce up the front door with a new doorhandle, kickplate and knocker, and don’t forget to take a look at your mailbox! Clean it up!
- Weed out and spruce up your landscaping. Landscaping doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all! Nicely trimmed beds, fresh cut shrubs and neat natural areas will go along way!
- Start interviewing for potential Realtors® NOW! All agents/companies are not the same. Speak to several to get a good idea of what you can expect from them, their company and exactly what is involved with selling your home. Be sure to be honest about your time frame with them and when you find the RIGHT agent for you they can help you get your home ready to be shown in its best possible light!
Winter may still be here but now is certainly the time to start getting your home ready for the fresh and exciting Spring market in Real Estate! If you are in the Wake Forest NC area and would like to ask a few more questions to start getting your home prepared – I would be delighted to review my marketing plan with you and how I can help you get your home sold! Just give me a call or send me an email – it’s just that easy!
As a Realtor® there are several “duties” that I owe to my buyer clients by entering into a Buyer Agency Agreement. Did you know, as a Buyer that you have specific duties as well?
In North Carolina if a Buyer enters into a Buyer Agency Agreement a Buyers duties are:
- Work exclusively with Firm for the term of the Agreement
- Pay Firm, directly or indirectly, the compensation agreed upon in the Agreement
- Comply with reasonable requests by the Firm to supply any pertinent financial or personal information needed to fulfill the term of the Agreement
- Be available for reasonable periods of time to examine properties
- Pay for all products and/or services required in the examination and evaluation of properties (i.e. surveys, water/soil tests, title reports, property inspections, etc)
It is so important to review ALL of the clauses in a Buyer Agency Agreement prior to signing. I receive phone calls and emails on a daily basis from buyers that are CURRENTLY WORKING WITH AN AGENT under a Buyer Agency Agreement but they tell me they are not getting the help they need or their questions answered. While I do feel for them I am under no obligation to assist them nor can I.
If you are a buyer currently in a Buyer Agency Agreement with another Realtor® and are unhappy with their services then I implore you to discuss your concerns with them. If a better understanding of your relationship can not be established you need to review your Buyer Agency Agreement to ascertain if you are obligated to pay any penalties for canceling your agreement early. While that is not a common practice it has been known to happen.
A few tips on finding the RIGHT Buyer’s Agent for you:
- INTERVIEW! It is so important that you have a clear understanding of what a Realtor®, as your Buyer’s Agent will do for you, on your behalf and what their expectations of you are.
- Have a game plan! While a Realtor® can certainly help you to refine your wants and needs it is always best to know where you want to search for a home and what some of the attributes are that you are looking for in a home.
- If you are just window shopping – BE UP FRONT and HONEST with your agent.
- ASK QUESTIONS! Before you sign a Buyer’s Agency Agreement review ALL the clauses and be sure that you have a solid understanding of what you are signing.
If you are thinking about taking advantage of this historic buyers market and would like to explore homes for sale in Wake Forest NC I would welcome your phone call or email. I would be happy to review the current inventory that possibly fits your needs and review my services with you. Just give me a call or send me an email – it’s just that simple!