If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed; if and when you do list with a broker, ask your agent to post the listing, or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site....... more
Are you looking for rental properties to buy and hold? Commercial investment? Multi-unit or single family? All of these factors are going to influence the quality of investment as it relates to location. None of us have a crystal ball, but asking yourself certain questions will help you evaluate the level of risk you are comfortable with.... more
The best place to find local comparable sales and currently listed homes is the West Penn Multi List system. A local Realtor can assist you with a market analysis, or you can have an appraiser give you a value.... more
As a REALTOR, our job is to help you first and foremost. If you need a lot of work to get into a home, an agent can help tremendously. Make it easy on them, and refer them to your friends. A referral is the greatest compliment you can give an agent. It's not about the money, it's about the opportunity to do such a wonderful job that you sing praises to everyone you know.... more
When you are looking for a home, whether you're a first time homebuyer or just looking for a change, you want a buyer's agent who can make the journey into home ownership smooth and comfortable. Definitely do your research, ask your friends and family in the community what experiences they have had (Good and Bad), and talk to a couple different realtors. First impressions are huge, not just when viewing a home for the first time, but also meeting people for the first time. It's also ok to be selective. Buying a new home can be stressful and you want to find someone who can ease the stress and make the process wonderful. When you make a connection with a buyer's agent, you'll know!!! Best of luck in the search for your new home.... more
The problem with Facebook and promoting your business is the amount of overkill at the moment. So many people go to conventions and attend a seminar that tells you that you need a Facebook business page now. They go home create the page and then have no idea how to take it to the next level. The result is very often, abandonment of the page. Nowadays I've heard agents tell me that they attended a seminar and were told not to focus so much on a Facebook business page. Facebook DOES bring some people business but honestly, the amount of people actually searching Facebook for an agent to work with are very slim. I think it's great to share listings (calmly) because you never know who knows someone looking for that type of property.
Facebook is just another piece of the puzzle for your OVERALL online prescence. It is a brilliant way to stay in touch with the important people in your life without having to be on the phone all of the time. I like to consider Facebook to be a big online party...you stay in touch with current friends/family, meet some new, and catch up with the old. There is no need to jam your business down their throats because they already know you are an agent. Share a little about your business, more about your sense of humor/lifestyle, and be HUMAN....this will get you a lot farther. I think the coaches, seminars and whoever else talks about social media for business should focus on teaching online etiquette.
Krissy, Now is the time to make a move to start looking for a house. Owning is MUCH better than renting. You wont have other tenants in you home, you dont have to worry about a landlord raising the rent every year or going through your place when you are not home or throwing you out at the end of you rlease, etc... Renting just plain sucks. When you own, you get tax deductions at the end of the year. You can so whatever you want without asking permission and on and on. The process of buying a house takea 45-60 days from start to finish. I live in Butler also and can help you find your dream house. My office is in Wexford but I live in Butler and mostly work out of my house.... more
You can ask a RE agent in your area to prepare a closing cost estimated work sheet for you especially if you are interested in selling your home soon as part of the interview process for hiring a listing agent. This work sheet will give you a close dollar amount you will need and will help you determine if selling is what you want to do in the near future.... more
Unfortunately, "average" is not much help. The time a home stays on the market has more to do with the asking price as opposed to the actual market value in today's difficult economy. If your listing agent has not properly advised you of your real value on the market, you could still be sitting there a year from now. A good market analysis, properly done, will show you how you "match up" with like kind sold properties and just what you have as competition on today's market. We are usually looking at 10% to 20% less money for a home than we were in 2007 to 2008.... more
In the Butler area that price range is usually selling for between $5,000 and $10,000 less than last year. If you want to get it sold, then dropping the price even by $5,000 gives your agent the opportunity to bring in more traffic. After all, the Realtor cold of ethics states that we may not show a property to anyone who does not qualify to buy it! Lowering the price can bring in more buyers for that reason.... more