Sorry to hear about your bad experience, it's always a bummer when you hear about the bad apples. I'd be glad to offer my help, my partner and I actually specialize in the area, you can check out our site http://www.menifeepropertypros.com , and I live in the area personally and love it out here.
If there's any questions you have I'd be glad to answer them, either way I'm sure you'll find a great agent in the area who won't be unreliable.
There is a great loan program that allows you to purchase a 2nd home with only 10% down and no monthly mortgage insurance. You might want to consider this as a financing option. I'm a local lender in town.
I hope this info helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
I live, work, and raise a family in Menifee. If the other agents have not been able to help you out yet, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. There are a lot of good deals in Menifee right now. Finding them just depends on what it is you are looking for. Buy and hold as rental? You can find deals that generate 6-8%. (On occasion as high as 12%) Hold as a 2nd/ vacation home? You'll probably want to be near the family or area of interest. Buying to hold for future appreciation? Certain areas do better than others as property taxes and demand differ.
There are many great agents in the area and your previous experience was an exception. Best of luck and I look forward to seeing you in the area.
I would love to help you as I specialise working with families and I am working for Tarbell Realtors which is No.1 Company in SOuthern CA. Menifee is very close to where I live because sometimes if the Realtor is not local becomes difficult to give good service and be available. So let me know if I can be of any help.
If you want to know about my Company pls visit http://www.tarbell.com.
I'm sure you are going to get several agents responding who are reliable (and, unfortunately, some who are not). I suggest you communicate with a few of them (myself included) and see who you feel most comfortable with. Whoever you decide to 'hire', have them set you up to receive automatic emails from the MLS for properties available for sale that meet your criteria (i.e. number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage, price range, cities, etc.). Also, if you are not paying all cash, make sure you are pre-approved/pre-qualified for financing prior to looking as most sellers are asking for this documentation when you/your agent submits an offer.
Also, if you signed a contract with the Realtor you are unhappy with, you will need to cancel that before 'hiring' a new Realtor.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
1) Ask for a referral from someone they know or are related to.
2) Ask their local Realtor to research a good agent in the area they are looking.
There's nothing worse than wasting time with an agent that doesn't work. And there's nothing better than getting a Realtor with a proven track record with friends, family and associates who'll work hard for you to find that perfect home. Another suggestion is to find a Realtor that. uses technology to assist you in finding your home. This will be important, since you are out of state.
Good luck with your search!
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