Full Service Agents

I would appreciate specific opinions as to what full service brokers do over and above discount agencies. Thanks
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April 05 2011 - Staten Island
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A full service agent will: price your property competitively (the most important part), help you stage your home properly, and communicate with the people who have the most qualified buyers (other agents!) by holding a local Broker Open House. A full service agent will do there best to qualify buyers before they take up your time looking at your home, and follow up with the buyer's agent for feedback. The feedback part is very important; most people will be complimentary about your home to your face, because people want to be nice. But with their own agent, they will let them know what they did, or didn't, like about your home. Your full service agent will go to bat for you, and your price, and negotiate the best possible terms for you. Also, when it comes to advertising, the full service brokerages pay BIG bucks to be sure anything they list spreads out to all of the big real estate websites, as well as to thousands of other local agent sites. Since most people are starting their search on the Internet, part of what you are paying for is the ability to get your home out to as many serious, qualified buyers as possible.

Good luck in your agent search, and good luck in getting your home sold!

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April 05 2011
Hi Marie,
If you are practicing in New York that's a world of difference from the majority of us.
A full service agent is up to date on all the laws especially in states which require full disclosure.  In my state its the only document a seller signs which could result in a lawsuit if it is not forthright and truthful.  We review all contracts with our sellers to be sure they understand exactly what is contained in it before they accept an offer.

A full service agent not only makes sure buyers are qualified to view a home, they make sure the financing they offer with a contract is viable.

The full service agent is there to be sure the seller is not bamboozled into making unnecessary repairs after the property is inspected.  Post inspection becomes another negotiation.  When repairs are necessary we usually know reputable contractors a homeowner can interview and compare prices for the work.

A full service agent is coordinating with the buyers agent to be sure date specific performance is met by the buyer.  We coordinate the closing.

A full service agent does more to advertise a property then simply list it in the MLS.  Many of us utilize advanced marketing techniques to "push" the property out on the internet aside from standard real estate sites.

When a seller is moving to a different area and state we help them interview agents to find one who will help them in relocating.
In short - the full service agent is there for the seller every step of the way.

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