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Hannah Britt, Other/Just Looking in Shreveport, LA

Finding a Realtor

Asked by Hannah Britt, Shreveport, LA Sun Apr 12, 2009

My husband and I are ready to put our south highland mid century modern home on the market. What is the best way to find a realtor who will represent our unique home appropriately?

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Call several realtors in your area (referrals from friends, perhaps) and invite each to present you with a marketing plan. Their presentations will tell you how the agents intend to position your home (e.g., which consumer markets they'll target, which features they'll emphasize, etc.) and how creatively and aggressively they'll market it.
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Hi Hannah,

Unless you NEED to be selling now - you should not do so. It's the worst market ever for selling your home. Can you wait a few years?
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Rockinblu,
Great reference, it should help Hannah in this market, straight and direct. Thanks for the input!
Web Reference: http://www.fabailey.com
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Hey Jefferson,
I see you're from Bucks County, PA. That's a nice part of the country. I grew up in Yardley, PA.

I think it's important to realize that every part of the U.S. is different. We have not experienced the same problems that other parts of the country have experienced. We didn't have a big run up in values, our lenders have tended to be pretty conservative, and what I tell my clients is that life goes on. It's not necessarily a bad time to sell a house here. We are selling homes in Baton Rouge every day. It's actually a great time to move up. And, depending upon individual circumstances, selling a home may be just the right thing to do.

Hannah, I would contact a local agent who can help you and tell you what's happening in Shreveport. I'm in Baton Rouge, and Shreveport is not my market. But, I can refer you to someone if you need a hand.
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Hi Hannah,

An agent who can appreciate the unique aspects of your home and market those aspects would be a good fit for you. The thing I love about South Highland is the variety of architectural styles in the neighborhood.

Of course, I would love to list your home, and you can check out my profile here:

http://activerain.com/shreveportrealestate to see everything I do when I list a home.

Or you're welcome to visit my Shreveport real estate blog here:

http://shreveporthomeconnection.com to get an idea of what I would be like to work with.

If you would like to work with a Realtor whose primary listing market is the South Highland neighborhood, I can refer you to one of my colleagues who has many years experience in that area. I'm sure she would do a good job for you.

You will probably get more answers here from other agents. I would suggest that you take the time to visit their website if they have one to find out a little more about them.

In the meantime, if you would like to see the homes that are currently on the market near your home, go to
http://shreveporthomesareselling.nwla.mlxchange.com, click on the Property Search tab, then Residential, and enter South Highland in the Subdivision field. That pulls information directly from the MLS and will show you the homes currently on the market.

Sorry for being so long-winded. I hope this was of help to you.
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Hannah,
I too lived in a wonderful home in South Highlands a few years ago, and know what you are talking about. South Highlands homes have unique charm and character. I would love the opportunity to visit with you about your home, and the possibility of assisting you in the sale of it. I think finding the right realtor for you means finding someone who understands the value of your home, and that you feel comfortable with working with. Please give me a call. Thanks and have a great day.
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It took many months of theft and plagiarizing. lol

Yesterday, 21:03

Rockinblu,
Now that's funny!
Web Reference: http://www.fabailey.com
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Hi Helene,

>> I see you're from Bucks County, PA. That's a nice part of the country. I grew up in Yardley, PA.

I love Yardley. What a great town. I almost bought there but found a victorian right on the river a few miles South, without the flood dangers of Yardley.

>> I think it's important to realize that every part of the U.S. is different. We have not experienced the same problems that other parts of the country have experienced. We didn't have a big run up in values, our lenders have tended to be pretty conservative, and what I tell my clients is that life goes on. It's not necessarily a bad time to sell a house here.

It's understood that not all markets are equal - true enough. I'm sure the folks in FL are worse off than most. But I am at least reasonably confident that the market in LA is still a buyers market :-)

I've tried to find stats but most of the easily accessible public stuff is just very recent - last month at best. They don't seem to provide all the wonderful year over year stats that you have access to. Would you please be so kind as to post the URL or the stats for Shrevesport?

Jeff
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Hello Hannah,

I think you should schedule appointments with some of the Realtors in your area, not specifically from referrals, but take the time to see what their internet presence is for your area. Find out how aggressive and proactive there are in “showcasing” your home on the internet, also take the time to visit their website, send them a message and see how long it takes for them to respond to your. Be sure to look into their marketing presentation on what they will do to market your listing.

Finally, you and your family should feel comfortable with your agent, they should be open to communication with you. You don’t want to list and find out you don’t ever hear from your agent again. Now with that, with the technology today, you can see which Realtor will/can send you weekly updates to how many consumers have viewed your listing. This is important to determine if you may be priced out too high.

Good luck in choosing your Realtor and make sure they present you with the “Information of brokerage services” to ensure you know how they work for you.
Web Reference: http://www.fabailey.com
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