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Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Fenton, MO.
Sandie Hea was extremely helpful in assisting us with the sale of our home. She is truly a professional and an excellent experienced realtor. Our home sold in exactly 3 weeks and Sandie Hea along with her team provided excellent advice along the way. I would highly recommend Sandie's team to any home owner who is contemplating the sale of their home. Her many years of experience and many contacts will guarantee the best offer and professional sale. We are extremely pleased and happy to have had this team in our corner. Thank you Sandie Hea team!
We bought our first home with Sandie, and she was an immense help. We only had 2 days to shop, and she helped focus the list on the most likely candidates. The first house we wanted to make an offer on, she did a great job finding comparable sales and negotiating price using the house's weak spots. They didn't take our offer and that house is still unsold two months later. The second house we went for, she did a terrific job, and recommended a great inspector and did some hard negotiating that allowed us to get a lot of stuff fixed on the seller's dime. We love our cute new house!
Sold a Single Family home in 2009 in Princeton Heights, Saint Louis, MO.
Sandie and her team were fantastic to work with and will be my first call when in the market again. She provided assistance right from the beginning of the listing process right through the closing and then on to the purchase of my next house. There was quite a bit of negotiation during both sale and purchase and it was great to have a strong negotiator in my corner who knew the ropes. She is straight forward and honest regarding things like selling prices and locations. My purchase location drifted quite a ways out of the St Louis area and she never hesitated to be available and help.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Saint Louis, MO.
Sandie helped us sell our home after we moved out of the state. She handled numerous details including updating and staging the home. The process was quick and efficient given her extensive experience.
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Saint Louis, MO.
We live out of town and saw some interesting properties in the area we were looking. I picked Sandie randomly from reviews and her area of expertise. I knew immediately from the phone conversation that she was the agent for us. We came in town for the weekend and she accommodated us into her schedule. We looked at a couple houses and she was able to point out problem areas. We went back home and had a contract on a foreclosure within a week. There were other buyers interested, but she fought hard for us. We would definitely use her again for a future purchase in the area.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Princeton Heights, Saint Louis, MO.
We interviewed multiple agents for the job. Sandie Hea was most well prepared and knowledgeable of the bunch. She used a variety of techniques to show what the house\property was worth and what selling price could be expected. These included comps and computer models. After following most of her recommendations the house was listed and sold within weeks at almost the exact projected price. Have used her again since then.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $250K in Saint Louis, MO.
Sandie helped my wife and I sell our Rock Hill home last year. With her help we received two full price offers the second day the house was on the market. Sandie and her team did a great job of guiding us through the process; from preparing the house for listing through negotiations and closing. She is very professional and has an excellent system. Sandie's expertise in the St Louis real estate market is obvious. We would recommend her to anyone selling a home in the area.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $250K in Saint Louis, MO.
Sandie helped us search for and buy a house that met all the criteria we were looking for. It took us about 10 months to find just the right house. She actually recommended we look at a house that was a bit more expensive than our price range because she knew it was an estate and we should be able to negotiate a lower price. Once we saw the house, we knew it was exactly what we wanted. She helped us move quickly to put in an offer and negotiate a very favorable price on the deal. She knew exactly what to ask for in our offer and bring up in negotiations to get us the house at significantly below the asking price. She did an excellent job of handling all the paperwork associated with the purchase. She also helped us with leasing out our condo. She was very knowledgeable of rental rates and how to market the condo. We ended up with an excellent tenant paying more than we expected to get in rent. It was well worth the commission to have her handle the rental for us. We would definitely use Sandie again if we need to sell or lease a property. We've also recommended her to several friends who are looking to buy.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $400K in Webster Groves, MO.
Face it, selling and moving is at best hard and at worst it can be a nightmare. Having a great realtor is your only defense. Who you pick matters greatly.
We have been through 6 Real Estate deals in the last 10 years and we used Sandie Hea for 5 of them. We only used somebody else for the 6th because we bought out of state and Sandie is not licensed in Tennessee.
After meeting to set it all up and with a more than a little trepidation we started showing the house, dreading the repeated vacating of the home at a moment's notice for buyers to come look. But as it turned out we just had to meet with Sandie the evening of the first showing day to discuss the offers that continued to stream in even as we met. The upshot is there were 5 good offers to choose from and the house sold in 1 day. We could not have been happier.
The buyer came back with a short inspection fix list but it was over $1000. Sandie managed to work the deal such that a piece of furniture that would have been really really hard to move anyway, suddenly became an instrument of the negotiation and we managed to use the transfer of that furniture to significantly lower our inspection-fix costs.
The real fireworks started when the survey showed the neighbors had a piece of our property as part of their front lawn. The buyer understandably wanted it, and wanted us to fight it out with the neighbors on his behalf. The neighbors entered the fray with a claim of Adverse Possession. If you've never heard of Adverse Possession, it's a legal concept basically citing the proposition that "I have pretended to own this piece of property for 10 years, therefore it is mine." Incredibly, these claims often work.
We all worked with the neighbors and while it was never nasty it was uncomfortable. Sandie had to calmly talk us back off the ledge more than once during this multi-day episode. Everyone finally agreed to allow the property line to be reset if the Title Company paid the costs. (Thankfully we had Title Insurance.)
But not so fast. The neighbors (one of whom is a lawyer who did nothing here to improve the image of lawyers) at the last minute wanted to use this survey issue to capture a cool $5000 from the Title Company, threatening to break the deal the night before we closed. Thanks to some savvy and ethical people at Investors Title Company & a last minute agreement, the deal was saved. The solution was to make all paperwork signing and the property line changes on the day of closure. This of course required a group of workers and a Bobcat End Loader in our driveway throughout closing day.
And this was just the sell side of deal. As I said we had to use another realtor for our purchase in TN.
Never allow yourself to get mixed up in a dual agency situation. That is where the realtor works for and supposedly serves the interest of both seller and buyer. That is preposterous; it can't be done, not by anybody. Dual agency should be illegal.
Our Tennessee realtor, who we also liked, presented us with a home he just put on the market for the seller. We knew better but stupidly went along with the dual agency situation. Now we were faced with having, not an advocate but a 'facilitator'. It nearly drove us nuts. We couldn't trust that what we said would not be immediately told to the seller. He told us things I felt he probably shouldn't have, that the seller supposedly said. Operating without trust in a real Estate deal is almost impossible. Without Sandie's help the deal would probably have blown up down there. She gave us a lot of advice about what to watch out for, how to make certain demands and what we should say and what we may want to keep to ourselves. It was still frustrating working this way; we were at one point literally about to fire the TN realtor. Thankfully Sandie agreed to speak with us and hear our concerns and basically convinced us that he was doing about as well as anybody could in this kind a dual agency deal. So we stuck with the guy.
Then another buyer stepped in behind us (we had a contingency but without a kick-out clause) and offered $30,000 more than our signed contract was for. Lovely. Now the seller, who liked us a lot when we bought his property 5 days into the MLS listing, now didn't like us so much. And he didn't like at all the idea of fixing anything on the inspection report. We were back out on the ledge ready to jump, figuring this thing was falling apart. Again Sandie talked us back and with an injection of logic over emotion we decided to try to make it work even with no inspection fixes. After a scary date negotiation the seller signed. We had a deal.
Without high quality realtors involved these deals would have never gotten done. As it all turns out we did have a pretty competent agent in Tennessee. And in St Louis we had a truly great realtor in Sandie Hea.