No realtor out there has a magic stick when it comes to marketing, we're all backed by the company we represent, so if the company has a great marketing plan you'll get it too, we the realtors can get additional marketing beyond our company but the true is that we all use the same MLS system and most of the same websites, it all comes down to personal touch and honesty to your client (buyer/seller) when it comes to realtors availability to phone calls, emails etc in regards to their listings, the best customer service is usually found with the agent that gets the listing and manage it all the way, those out there getting listing and finding co-listing agents (usually new agents trying to get their name out there) its all they do get the listing and walk away to go get the next one, sellers don't realize how much they risk when their agent is not returning phone calls to other agents with buyers because they didn't want this from the beginning, look out there at the local mls and find those realtors that are the listing agent and the main point of contact (no co-listing etc) those are the ones that will provide you with the best service,... more
Sorry to disagree with some of you out there, I started in this business in 2009 when most others were walking away, our office used to have around 150 agents and by 2011 went down to about 73, no new agent left this business most of them were agents with long-time experience but unable to handle the new market, the market changed in 2009 and anything you new before this date is outdated, in today's market it only takes few transactions (not months or years) to have a great experience, you'll find out that many times the best customer service is with the new/mid agents, I was disappointed to deal with some old-timers that got stock in their bubble about all regulations and disagree with the new market, but you must update your self and recognize current market (even if you don't like it) in order to provide accurate/current information to buyers/sellers, as long as your agent is well motivated you'll get what you're looking for, and please agents out there help other agents when you can it will only help our market to the benefit of all (buyer/seller/agents/lenders), small or big files treat all with respect and the same level of great service,
Best luck to every one... more
I'm an investor. The main thing is to know what you can afford/finance (why look at stuff you cant afford). And then form in your mind what you REALLY can afford. Then what you want a house for, for how long and what amenities you MUST have (garage, deck and a really workable kitchen or bath etc. Once you get that all WRITTEN down then...
If you are buying you can do your own due dilligence by getting comps in the area. Easy start is google the address, find the zillow one and scroll to bottom and look for yellow houses. Those are sold in the last 3 years so only consider ones sold recently (late 2011 or 2012) as prices have dropped considerably. If you are thinking of selling (and not forced to sell), do the same and compare what you might get as something is only worth what someone will pay (I once made an open offer and 2 years later the owner sold it to me for what I offered! Have one in Salem, offer now almost a year old and they just called!) Banks do not know what they are worth and give to appraisers who do their best (about same as you can do!) Realtors are of little value if you are selling as they will say anything to get the listing... they collect when it sells with potentially no work required! IF you have a close friend, very close, they may be honest! I have a realtor whom I have trained to be completely forthright and honest or I'll walk. I trust him now after buying almost a million dollars in the last 16 months. He knows I'll walk as I did once. Not likely for an individual walking in the door!
You should be able to find out from a realtor a list of comps in the area.. force them to give you a list of solds as well as listed. The listed should have days on market which the longer it is the more flexable the price MAY be. They also might have previous sale history, if not in Salem area look at googled at the Redfin listing and scroll down to see the sales history. I have bough all of my properties at about 1996-1999 prices. That is only rough tho as some houses are waaay rough and some are beautiful.
It isnt magic and you can do a pretty good job if you work at it. Also there is nothing wrong if buying offering at a low price (not rediculously low or can offend and never get a deal), it may get a counter offer (you need to KNOW what you would pay for it). Maybe if lucky, they will counter less than what you want to pay! Yahoooo Dont pay more than you can afford though.
I think Salem area is near a bottom an has SOME good values (reason why I am on computer now) I live in Hawaii and have bout 3-4 of the properties I have bought sight unseen (not a good idea usually).
Goodluck and Aloha,... more
Once the listing has either been manually entered or has been automatically transfered from your local MLS, you simply go to My Listings, click on edit listings and photographs should be about the third option down on your left. Once you're there, simply browse to where you have the pictures saved on your hard drive, and rearrange them as you'd like them to appear. You can also add various captions to your photos to give them that extra Mmmph! Hope this helps!