Thursday, March 15, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Don’t Push Your Luck – 4 Signs To Go With A Pro
Even with St. Patrick’s Day, finding the right place to call home requires more than luck. It requires the skill and insight of a professional. If you're in the process of buying a home, here are 4 signs for when it's time to call in an agent.
1. You realize the inaccuracies of the internet
While you can view tons of listings online, not all of the information is accurate or up-to-date. You'll find outdated comps, conflicting forecasts and different ratings. With access to the MLS and insight on properties about to hit the market, a Realtor can provide the latest and most accurate data.
2. You're juggling a hectic schedule
You don't need to spend time sorting through listings and contacting sellers. An agent will do the research on your behalf to find the homes that best fit your needs and price range.
3. The biggest thing you've negotiated lately was your kids' bedtime (and you lost)
As professional nego ...
Friday, February 23, 2018 / by Brian Ness
What is earnest money, and why do I need to include it with my offer on a property? Sellers see this deposit as a sign you are serious about purchasing a property. It tells the seller, that you, the buyer, are purchasing the property in good faith, and are willing to put money behind your offer up front. The earnest money also keeps buyers from writing purchase agreements on multiple properties.
How much earnest money is required?
There is no specific amount of earnest money required. The general rule of thumb is around one percent of the purchase price. In some cases, less money may be fine, or in multiple offer situations, some buyers will put down more to show how serious they are in order to get the property. The exact amount is something buyers should discuss with their own Realtor.
How do I pay my earnest money?
These days, most earnest money is paid either with a personal check, or by using an electronic funds transfer service. The purchase agreement will state t ...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / by Brian Ness
An agent has a workday like anyone else, but there are typically little to no
boundaries to that agent’s day and week. Here’s how an agent’s workday often goes:
Agents are "on" no matter where they are. In our instant-response society,buyers and sellers won't wait long for an answer.
2. WATCHING INVENTORY
Houses are bought, sold and taken off the market daily. Agents must be ontop of the MLS to ensure their clients don't miss their dream home.
3. BUILDING A DATABASE
A great agent has a well-organized database that he or she is constantly updating.
Open houses, scheduling showings, appointments, coming up with house
hunting itineraries - it's all in an agent's daily routine. Open houses,
scheduling showings, appointments, coming up with house hunting itineraries -
it's all in an agent's daily routine.
5. MAKING CONTACT
To keep that pipeline ful ...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 / by Brian Ness
Friday, July 14, 2017 / by Brian Ness
Robin Gwaltney Surpasses 1000+ Sold Properties in Career
Robin first started selling real estate in 2002 and over the span of 15 years has sold 1,048 properties including residential, multi-family, farm, land, and commercial (7/14/17). Only 14 Real Estate Agents have accomplished this feat in their entire career in the Southeast Minnesota area to date. Robin, team leader of the Gwaltney Group, continues to grow her team with a collaborative approach in both the the buying and selling process, as well as the ability to leverage the experience and expertise of more than one real estate brain. The Gwaltney Group continues to increase both their excellent service and success with hard work and dedication to their clients.
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