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Doug & Marcia Kerr

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Lake Gaston Real Estate Agent

Why Choose Lake Gaston Real Estate Agents...

Choosing a Lake Gaston REALTOR® in Your Home or Property Search

Selecting the right Lake Gaston real estate agent to assist you with buying or selling your home is essential to a smooth and stress-free transaction. For the best possible experience, you should consider a professional's background, personality and responsiveness.

Review the tips below to help choose your Lake Gaston real estate agent:

  • Buyers & sellers who do their homework upfront can save thousands of dollars and experience a smooth process. So don't waste time and resources – decide what's most important to you, and then find a professional who specializes in the Lake Gaston area. A RE/MAX agent can help you no matter what your needs are.
  • Ask friends and family members for referrals. Someone you know and trust may have a RE/MAX agent in mind to help you meet your real estate goals.
  • If you've already determined where you'd like to live, drive through Lake Gaston neighborhoods and look for REALTOR® yard signs. Seeing the same name pop up on signs time after time may indicate that the agent is a specialist in the area. If you're thinking about selling, monitor the signs in your own neighborhood.
  • Moving far away? You can connect with a RE/MAX agent around the world who can offer great expertise and service by asking your agent or visiting RE/MAX on the web at remax.com. Consider services they offer, additional certifications, any specialties, and languages they speak. You'll find the right professional to meet your real estate needs no matter where your home search takes you.
  • Pay attention to credentials. This will help you determine areas of expertise. You may be interested in these designations: ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), LHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). There are dozens of designations that agents pursue to continue their education, so identify one or more that fit your needs.

What to ask in the interview...

  • If selling, ask the real estate agent how he or she would establish a listing price. Request a Comparative Market Analysis, also called a CMA, which shows the market value of similar homes in the area that are for sale or have recently sold.
  • Ask the agent how he or she would market your property. Understand that some agents may prefer to first tour your home and then put together a customized marketing plan to present at a later meeting. But if he or she can't suggest a strategy when asked, you might consider interviewing other candidates.
  • Ask the agent how often you should expect to hear from him or her. Know how and when you will communicate to avoid unrealistic expectations.
  • Ask how long the agent has been licensed and how many buyers and sellers he or she has helped. Find out how long they have been in the Lake Gaston Market. It is extremely important that you choose an agent that is familiar with the Lake Gaston area, which includes two States, five counties, and many subdivisions and off-shore properties.
  • Inquire about your Lake Gaston agent's designations. Continuing education is a strong indicator of motivation and professionalism for real estate agents.
  • Pay attention to the agent's listening skills. Does he or she cut you off before you've finished a sentence? There's nothing worse than looking at houses you have no interest in because the real estate agent has not listened carefully to your needs, or having your home on the market too long because it's priced incorrectly and the wrong buyers are being targeted.
  • Ask the agent what his or her fee structure is. Does he or she require a percentage of the sales price or work for a flat fee? Will the agent be paid another way?
  • If you are not satisfied with an agent's plans or personality, thank him or her for taking the time to meet with you and repeat the process with another real estate agent on Lake Gaston. It can be time-consuming, but it's worthwhile.

Once you've found the right Lake Gaston real estate agent to represent you, hold up your end of the relationship. There are simple things you can do to help your real estate agent get you the best deal.

How to work with your real estate agent...

  • If you are selling, create an information sheet that lists your home's features and best qualities, especially those that others might overlook. Your agent may be able to use the information when marketing your home.
  • When selling, talk to your Lake Gaston real estate agent about cosmetic improvements. Your home may need fresh paint or new carpet.
  • If selling, keep it clean. Eliminate cobwebs and dust. Keep the bathroom counters and mirrors wiped down. Vacuum, dust and sweep daily.
  • If buying, be clear about what you want. Make a list of your priorities numbered 1 through 10. You can always revise the list, but give your Lake Gaston real estate agent something concrete so that he or she can research available listings more efficiently.

Other things to consider...

  • Hiring a Lake Gaston REALTOR® will give you a strong advantage. Although many practitioners work part-time, RE/MAX Associates are full-time professionals who provide their complete attention and expertise.
  • Your Lake Gaston real estate agent is an authority you hire to help you make the right decisions, but you have the final word.
  • Purchasing or selling property on Lake Gaston is likely to be one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. Buy and sell wisely.
  • Office environment can say a lot about a businessperson. Is it clean and organized? Do the office hours make it easily accessible? Are staff members pleasant and helpful?
  • Remember that home values fluctuate with the economy.

 

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