When it comes time to sell your home there are a lot of items that you should look for when selecting an agent to list your home. More than likely this is the most expensive and valuable asset you own so great care must be taken when selecting a listing agent. Here are couple tips:
You should interview a couple of agents and make sure whoever you select is a good fit to get the job done!
If you're buying a home in State College, PA you may have never actually been to a closing. In some areas closing is not an actual event but a series of events. In State College, PA it IS an actual event where the buyers sit down with a settlement agent or attorney and complete and execute all documents related to the settlement of the transaction. Those items include but not limited to:
Most times the seller does not attend closing. Their agent attends closing on their behalf and brings the fully executed deed for the property to the closing. After all documents are executed and the Closing Disclosure is signed, the keys are passed across the table and you own a home!
I am a firm believer that as REALTORS we should be invested in the community. That includes giving back to the community wherever you can. Over the years I've gotten involved in a lot of different ways of giving back to the community.
Several years ago I was asked to serve on the State College Area School District's Community Advisory Committee for Facilities. This committee helps the facilities director make recommendations to the local school board regarding the buildings and facilities of the school district. Most recently we helped the district work through the referendum process to do a a $115 Million renovation to our high school. We were only the second school district in Pennsylvania to pass a referendum of this sort since they became required. Currently we're working on three elementary school renovation/replacement projects as well.
Another area where I serve is on my local Township's planning commission. This is also beneficial to my real estate career cince I tend to know what is going on with local regulations, zoning, and development in the works. This lets me become a source to my clients not only when I'm working with them but afterwards as well. We meet twice a month and not only make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding developments but we also help shape the regulations and ordnances of the township. I served 2 years as Secretary, 2 years as Vice Chairman, and 2 years as Chairman.
I'm currently the local Association of REALTORS President for the last 2 years. Serving on the Board of Directors is a way to help guide the way Realtors serve their clients in a professional manner.
I think that every real estate agent should take it upon themselves to find a cause that they believe in and find a way to give back to their community. The people you help on those committee may someday wind up being your clients. All our of customers and clients can benefit from the time that we put in giving back to the community.
Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!
You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.
We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.