I work in Queens and can show you any house you see whether it be MLS or a house sign you see. I can also set you up to see multiple houses available without your searching MLS. Houses avaiable and meeting your specifications will come to you via email daily. You can call me to set up appointments to view the homes.
Feel free to call me if you are still in need of a reliable realtor. I also have special program contacts who I work with for first time home buyers.
Carolyn Gear Thompson
Let me just add two tips:
First, recognize that it is a partnership--you and your Realtor. While you definitely should have a Realtor set up a search, I'd encourage you to regularly review the MLS as well. It's possible, for instance, that the parameters your Realtor might set up might be a bit narrow. You might spot a property that you'd be interested in that doesn't meet 100% of the requirements you specified to your Realtor. In that case, bring that specific property to the Realtor's attention (so that perhaps you can look at it) and so that the search parameters can be modified if appropriate.
Second, sometimes agents do have access to listings you wouldn't. Our office has a weekly sales meeting. One part of it involves going around the room with agents announcing upcoming listings. For instance: "I'm going to have a listing next week in Colchester Hunt--a really nice 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house. The kitchen's been redone and it's got a great back yard. We'll be pricing it around $525,000." Now, that house isn't on the market yet, so it's not on the MLS. But one of the other agents at the meeting may have a client looking for a 4 bedroom in the $500,000 price range. Pretty frequently, a buyer's agent will approach the listing agent and say, "I have a client who I think would be interested." So, you might see that house come on the market and then go under contract the same day. The client with agent got a 2-week head start, and snagged the home before most buyers scanning the MLS would have even seen it.
Hope that helps.
All the answers are basically correct. First I would work with you as a buyers broker/agent. As your agent my responsibility is to you. To find you the best property that suites your needs, negotiate the lowest price for you and do everything necessary to assure a smooth transaction and closing. If you call the listing agents you should be aware that they are legally obligated to represent the interests of the seller. That includes getting the homeowner the highest price.
So you can see that the answer is not as simple as it seems. We will work together to get you a positive result. I will provide you with a free Listing Book account from which you can view all multiple listings, highlight the homes you like, send me notes and I can respond to you as well. In addition to showing you the homes you pick I will have a selection of homes that you may have overlooked but fit your wishlist.
I have worked in Queens and Nassau counties for over 25 years. We need to speak first so that I can interview you about what your wants and needs are. You then need to be pre-approved by lender. Then we can start. My contact information is below.
NYS Certified Residential Appraiser
Licensed R.E. Agent
Century21 Yve R.E.
Exit Realty solutions
Teamwork will be the most effective way since agents can miss or overlook some properties. Since
Agents are not in the mind reading field ;-) the more you share about your wants and needs, the better his/her search and recommendation gets.
I would suggest to get pre-approved from a mortgage person so you are familiar with your buying power and affordibilty. After or during that process, you can start a conversation with agents or an agent. Both the mortgage and real estate agent will lead you in the right direction of what you can get in South Ozone area.
You can visit my personal website http://www.TheDeswalGroup.com to find out more about us and call me
if you want us to be part of this important decision. Good Luck, Desi
As new listings are posted to MLS that match your search preferences, you will again be notified.
This service does not obligate you to me in any way...you are free to use any Realtor of your choice.
My first advice is to make sure you have a full pre-approval, contingent only on an appraisal and a contract before you even start looking.
At any time, feel free to call me and I will be happy to guide you as how to get started and also to refer you to various mortgage brokers, mortgage broker/bankers and bankers who will be able to guide you with pre-approvals.
Following an appropriate process will make your purchase journey less stressful. I am here to help.