Finish this sentence: The ideal Austin client (buyer or seller) would have...

Asked by Trulia Austin, Austin, TX Tue Apr 2, 2013

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1st Zero-Emi…, , Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
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Ronald Culli…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Someone who is aware that the best way to purchase or sell a home is to enlist the assistance of a competent Real Estate agent who is a Realtor and has important real estate designations attached to their portfolio. This reassures the client that their agent has invested the time and resources in staying on top of the trends in the local market and the ethics and laws of practicing real estate sales and services. The client can, and should ask questions to probe the knowledge of the agent they are potentially going to hire.
Then, the savvy client will listen to the agent and take advantage of the wealth of advice and counsel they offer. Working this way ensures both client and practitioner have an in depth knowledge of what the client wants to accomplish and makes it more efficient for all involved.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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Kerry LaRose, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
An understanding of the current Austin market and reasonable expectations for how to proceed forward. The current volatility and extremely low inventory across a number of neighborhoods represents a significant challenge for buyers especially while creating extremely powerful leverage for sellers

The fact of the matter is that it is a very strong seller's market right now and there are a very large number of investors competing for homes and driving up prices in through large quantities of competing offers.

It is important to have more than one option and to understand your limits as a buyer in this market - falling in love with a house, making big plans, and then finding out it is likely to go significantly over list price (and thus out of your price range) can be heartbreaking, so make sure to work with your Realtor to do your homework and get an accurate idea of what to expect from a potential home - especially if it seems like a "can't miss" opportunity; it probably hasn't been missed.

As a seller, it's important to work with your Realtor to remain savvy to the changing marketplace and to be in the prime position to negotiate your property based on rising prices and unmet demand. A large part of this is determining who your "ideal buyer" is, based on who your home best appeals to (or who is most likely to see it as a strong investment) and determine the best way to market your home to reach out to and negotiate with these highly motivated buyers.
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Connie Mitch…, Agent, South Padre Island, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013 agent with great references. And an agent that would return calls years later. A friend of mine had a sad experience with one agent in Austin who proved to be a bit of a "wheeler deeler" and would not return phone calls on questions a couple of years after the purchase. She is looking to sell her home and this time looking for great references to lead her to a great, knowledgable, and caring agent.
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Melanie Damr…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
The very best real estate agent. That would be one who always puts clients' needs first, who is extremely knowledgeable about the market, the homes, construction, builders, schools, types of lending available, community growth, quality investing, ad infinitum. Nothing is more valuable that a fantastic agent to buy, sell or invest in a home or land. Am I that one? Absolutely. Call Melanie at 512-431-6151 or go to
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Doug Vogelsa…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Confidence in their agent's advice.
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Perry Hender…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Buyer - All Cash offer - no contingencies or inspections
Seller - A cute, clean home under $400K.
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