Hello Peter Hill,
EXPERIENCE -- Most of our buyers are out of area. You need an experienced agent that knows how to get your offer chosen! You living close or over seas has less than you might think to do with your success in buying a home. If your agent is weak so is your offer!
We are a husband and wife team that have 30 years experience in both lending and real estate. A rare combination. This helps us a great deal in getting our offers accepted and most importantly - closed!
You'll need the tools to feel confident to put in the right offer. We'd like to get you up to date on the market. So when you are ready to proceed you will know a good deal from an over priced home and will feel comfortable to make an offer. Timing is critical -- you must move quickly.
Lots of good answers below --- I would highly recommend that you find an experienced agent that you like and trust to represent you. I would do your research online and then make some phone calls and then meet in person. The agent can make the difference of your offer being chosen or not. Experience really is important right now. An experienced agent can see things an agent with less experience wont see until it's too late.
I would read testimonials and look at their individual websites.
It would be a good idea to pick an agent that has at least 10 years of experience and has not held any other job during this time. You should look for a FULL TIME agent. Also ask to speak with their recent clients that just closed escrow! At least three clients with in the last 30 - 60 days. Verify these were their clients with proof of the sold MLS listing.
Everyone says they are an expert in short sales and REO's - the truth is far from that for most agents.
Have the agent send you their own work and not what their office closed. You can obtain this information directly from the board of realtors as well.
Experience is crucial in this business right now. If you call the listing agent they could be listing this house for their relative. They may have zero experience.
We represent more buyers than sellers. We have been in the business for over 30 years.
I am born and raised in San Diego and have lived in Carlsbad for many years. Cal State Realty has over 300 agents located throughout California.
Scott and I are a husband and wife team - you will receive twice the attention and assistance!
Please feel free to contact us, view our profile and websites.
Scott and Shelley Weier
Cal State Realty
C2 Financial Corporation