Lori (little) Dean 978-340-0441
I strongly advise everyone to choose a full time Realtor. It's your home; you deserve to have a full time professional working on your behalf.
Buyers are on the internet, so how your prosective real estate agent will market your home online is important. Ask how they will do that, how they track results, and what support they have to accomplish this. This is where your buyer will most likely be looking. You want to be found.
Discuss how often you expect updates on the marketing activity for your home and what form of communication works for you. For example, we provide our sellers regular written reports discussing market changes, inventory, web tracking results, etc. Who will shedule showing? Will he/she follow up on showings and provide you feedback? How often do you think you should hear from your Realtor? In what format? Discuss this in the interview process to ensure you and the prospective agent are on the same page.
While I do not consider it to be a criteria to hire an agent or not hire an agent, you may want to discuss their personal activity levels with buyers. I do not recommend hiring a listing agent on the basis that they have a lot of buyers. Hire a listng agent because that person is going to market your property to the public and brokers to find your best buyer out there. The reason I suggest you discuss buyer activity with an agent is it will give you a feeling for how in touch with the market they are.
What tools will they use to market your property? Brochures, Broker Open Houses, Public Open Houses, virtual tours, etc.
Do they work solo or as part of a team? Who will show the property if a buyer calls the listing office?
What is their experience in real estate? How long? How many transactions? In which neighborhoods and with properties similar to yours?
What experience from outside the real estate industry do they have that adds value to their skill set as a Realtor?
The type of realtor you 'should get' is one that is skilled and knowledgeable in your market area, willing to work hard for you and has a work and communication style that is compatible to your expectations.
I hope the above questions help you in developing meaningful conversations with prospective agents. Best of luck.
Sad to say, we have to move to Illinois and have recently listed our 1900 sq. ft. home on approx. 1 acre. We have done so much work on landscaping, a new wood barn for storage, and completely remodeled the inside as well. It was built in 1998 and has had a lovely sunroom added to the rear of the home. We sit just on the outskirts of Conover. We have woods backing up to our rear lawn. So the privacy is wonderful.
We hate to leave but our business in lawn and landscaping is waiting in Illinois. I hope you get your home sold soon in Ocala and get to move to North Carolina. By the way, we love being near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is great for a Sunday ride in the cool mountain air. The prices here in our area are very reasonable , what with the housing crunch and all but even in good times, they certainly are in the middle price range of other locations. Good luck to you. Nancy Dawson
Hi Nancy! I am glad to hear you are considering a move to North Carolina. Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower, but not backwoods! The cost of living is reasonable, and home prices, while not on the bottom of the chart, are still very, very reasonable here.
I am located in the Raleigh/Durham area. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which was cited on CNN last week as the 6th fastest growing county in the US. While Raleigh is certainly growing, so are the bedroom communities surrounding....and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I have access to a great supply of homes for clients...homes that have a 'country' neighborhood atmosphere but are within a 15-20 minute commute to the city. The majority of my work takes place in the area just north of Raleigh; Wake Forest, Franklin and Granville Counties. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the great communities you will find and the wide choices of homes and floor plans available to you.
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website at http:// http://www.mikecarswell.com .
I have worked with many many buyers who have relocated here from Florida....I just signed a contract on another one this week! CALL ME! I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
Be sure to ask for buyer representation so that you have someone protecting your interests throughout the transaction.
I am a realtor in Roxboro North Carolina. We have a quaint little town with 2 Lakes, Hyco Lake and Mayo Lake. There is also a County Club with golf course and Lake Winds is in the Rougemont area near Durham. If you like a slow space of life you may would be interested in the area. We a number of people retiring and relocating here due to the mild winters. I wish you luck in your venture and if I can help....I would welcome the oppportunity...check out my web site http://www.ameliahicks.com
Thanks for your time.
I hope this helps or maybe not. But I am a national commentator and author on R.E. Forecasting. The Ocala area is expecting a slight decrease in overall value over the next 12 months. Just too much supply. So selling is going to be hard (maybe 6+ months of excess inventory on market). But I tell you that it is a great time to buy in most all of North Carolina. These are the metro area forecasts for 2008. Hope this helps. You will be making a lot more money in NC over the next 3 years. If you want address specific data you can get it free at edsforecast.com (my site).
NC Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.16%
NC Burlington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.02%
NC Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area 0.71%
NC Durham, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.83%
NC Fayetteville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.26%
NC Goldsboro, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.03%
NC Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.90%
NC Greenville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.24%
NC Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.96%
NC Jacksonville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.39%
NC Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.68%
NC Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.05%
NC Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.20%
NC Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.19%
Unlike Florida, North and South Carolina has 4 types of real estate agents: a sellers agent (doesn't represent you), a subagent (doesn't represent you) a buyer's agent (represents you and you alone) and a dual agent (represents both buyer and seller). In most cases, buyer's agents are paid by the seller so its imperative that you choose the very best one who takes in consideration your needs, wants, and desires and will work however long to find you that perfect place. Also, its important to choose one licensed in both North and South Carolina so that you have the most options available to you.
Finally, I want to share a video with you from when Nightline recently took a look at the market here in Charlotte. All Real Estate is local and there are hot markets everywhere right now. We're being eyed right now as one. http://thecharlottehousehunter.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/Addi
Also, check out my website below. I've got an interactive map that allows you to see what's listed where right on the map. Its really cool. Hope this helps