Friday, July 30, 2010

Buy A House That's NOT for sale!

So, you've looked and you've looked, and you've looked. Your agent is great. Stays in touch and keeps feeding you leads. But nothing seems to do the trick.

If your agent hasn't already done it let's start thinking about buying a house that ISN'T for sale.

That's right. ISN'T for sale.

What is the harm with approaching the owners of a house that is not on the market and suggesting that if they ever gave any thought to selling their home maybe we have a buyer? I tell you I've done it. And more often than not I have gotten no response. And on occasion I've been more or less told to take a hike.

That's probably why you don't want to "cold call" homeowners and it's also why you should put this project in the lap of your agent... But if you can I.D. a couple of houses that you think you might be interested, your agent can "go to work" !

Your agent will know the way to put together a pitch that will illicit a response... say and explain the right things, so as to pique their interest, and hopefully describe your dilemma and situation to get you an opportunity.

You know what's good about this? You aren't in competition with other buyers. It's a quiet and less stressful sequence of discussions and meetings.

It will never be a "slam dunk". Who knows if it will work. But, hey.... you'll never know unless you try.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What Do You Want ?

What is it you REALLY want from your agent ? You want them to sell the house, right? Or find you the best deal there is around, as the case may be! Right?

Now, if you think for one moment your agent is not all about that, then switch. But, who do you switch to? Let's face it, we all have good days and bad days! There are days when I feel like my clients have really gotten EVERYthing from me. And there are days when I maybe could've done more...

So I'm not suggesting that your agent get fired because one day he or she didn't call you back in less than ten minutes.

But, here is what I think you should expect. Your agent should use all the resources available to them. RealtyUSA agents have fantastic marketing department that can design and publish top notch pieces and campaigns. The Internet and web offer countless opportunities to get your property promoted, not to mention there is an incredible database of homes for you as a buyer! Automatic emailing should be the norm when you're looking for a home. How about single property websites... try this one:

How about Facebook? How about Linkedin ? Is your agent utilizing all the servers such as Trulia, Yahoo!, ,etc.

Here's a sample of some work done by one of my agents here in Loudonville, New York :

He's putting this up in places like YouTube.. Facebook, Google, etc. Your agent can do this sort of thing, but the next step is understanding how to use keywords and methods that will garner the most views possible!

There are many services available to assist real estate agents in helping to promote their listings (read: YOUR house)... These opportunities also are there to help agents find properties for their clients!

So what do you want from your agent? You want them to understand today's technology and resources... to increase your chances of a satisfactory outcome in your real estate endeavors.

That's what you want! Demand it!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Didn't take advantage of the government's home buying credit? Might be GOOD NEWS!!!

Believe it or not I'm being told that the persons who did not take advantage of the Home Buyer's Credit may actually fare better than those who did!

On a 200,000 purchase the interest rate has dipped low enough that the difference may have save those who did NOT partake as much as $18,000 over the life of their 30 year mortgage!

Who'd of thunk it!!!???