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April 19, 2018

How to Find the Right Person to Sell Your House

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Feb. 22, 2018

What Should a Seller Look for in a Listing Agent?

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:

  1. Select a Full-Time agent.  Don't you want an agent that's sole job is to get your home sold?  Would you rather have someone that has a day job and isn't thinking of your house at all during regular business hours?  It's also much easier for professional, full-time agents to deal with other full time agents that don't have to call on their lunch break. 
  2. Select an Agent that understands marketing.  Too many agents do the Three P's. Put a sign in the yard, Put it in the MLS, and Pray.  The market has chanegd and homes need to be actively marketed.  Those 3 things need to be done but it also has to be highlighted on the internet, marketed through direct mail, and also through agent networking.  
  3. Select an Agent with Experience. Do you want to be a new agent's guinea pig with your most valuable asset?  Make sure the agent you select has actually sold a house or two in the past.  Make them produce statistics of homes sold and how long they've been in the business. Don't just select that "friend" that just got their real estate license.

You should interview a couple of agents and make sure whoever you select is a good fit to get the job done! 

Feb. 22, 2018

What do I do at Closing?

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:

  • A promissory note-A promise to pay the money borrowed to buy the home
  • A mortgage-The document that secures the property to the note
  • The HUD-1 Settlement Statement-Final accounting of the transaction
  • A review of the deed for the property
  • A review of the title insurance
  • Review and sign all bank documents

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! 

Feb. 22, 2018

How I Give Back

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. 

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July 31, 2017

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