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Not sure where to start....

Looking to sell my home due to relocation to Orlando area September/October time frame.  Where do I start?  Does someone come look at my house and tell me if it is a possibility to get at least what we owe or advise us if we should rent the house out? 
  • May 23 2012 - Spring
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How exciting you are moving to our neck of the woods! You are right on track. First ask around and see if some our your friends and family have a recommendation for a Realtor. Search you local papers and of course, the Interent .Check out their websites and meet with a few of them. My suggestion would be to leave a vague message for them to call you back, do NOT say you want them to discuss listing your home. Then you can see how fast they respond to a general inquiry,not just when there is a possible listing in site. Compare their marketing plans ,their credentials,and their communication. Have them "prove the price" and certainly do not list with the highest priced agent,unless they have data to prove the value to you, a buyer and to your appraiser. Make sure they understand how crucial the threshold is btwn your payoff option or the renting option. If you will be rebuying,check into a pre-qualifiication with keeping the home. If you cannot qualify with keeping the home , or new employment and you really want to rebuy..then the choice will be clear, you need to sell to get a new mtg or wait you have more time on the job ( some tranferees can be qualified if they are in the same line of work, you would need to discuss this with a lender) Best of luck ask for referrals from people you trust.
  • June 12 2012
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Any luck? With everything that's happening in our area, homes sales are doing quite well depending on where you live. As you know, Spring can mean anywhere from Humble to Tomball to FM1960 to up into The Woodlands. And the things that are important to buyers like school districts and tax rates are driving the prices up or down in the area as well. I've lived on both sides of I-45 and know first hand how a few blocks in Spring can make a big difference in price. When selecting a listing agent, look for someone who is knowledgeable about our area and all it has to offer.
  • June 06 2012
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First thing you should do is make a list of what is important to you in a real estate agent / broker. Otherwise, you may very well hire someone who doesn't meet your needs. You may want to make a list of questions to use when visiting with a number of agents. Not the generalized questions most sellers ask, but deep questions which require significant knowledge about real estate. You can email me direct if you need help with this.

Once you've narrowed your search to a few agents, get them to provide you with their estimate of market value but have them back up their assertion with facts. Always force the agents to provide you with written proof of whatever they tell you because many agents lack sufficient knowledge and skills to properly represent you and you don't want to get stuck with one of those. Trust but verify everything you're told.

I might also recommend you seek out agents who hold at least a CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation. Less than 5% of agents n
ationwide hold this designation which means you're much more likely to find a professional agent who believes in ongoing education rather than someone who is licensed for 20 years and only taken enough ongoing courses to keep his or her license.
  • May 23 2012
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I would be glad to help you find a good agent who works the Spring market to ask lots of questions on how to start your move to Orlando..

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  • May 23 2012
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