Tips for finding a Realtor when buying or selling a house – Visalia Times

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Getting a home in shape to sell can be a daunting process, but Realtors from Aronov Realty, the 2016 Montgomery Advertiser Best of the Best winner in the real estate company category, have some tips to make it easier.
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For most of us, a home is the single biggest purchase in our lives. The enormity of the financial transaction aside, finding the right home to fit our needs and wants is no easy undertaking.

Just as you wouldn’t buy a car, computer or camcorder with doing some research into various models and prices, you shouldn’t consider purchasing a home without some expert advice and guidance.

Though some people may think of using the services of a Realtor only when selling a home, a Realtor can be invaluable when buying a home as well.

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For instance, a Realtor can help you determine how many homes you can afford based on your financial situation, help you get prequalified for a loan, and even inform you about available financing options.

A Realtor also is an expert on the neighborhood and can provide detailed information about schools, transportation, local taxes and community characteristics.

Using a Realtor also means gaining access to homes listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an important marketing tool used by Realtors to inform other agents about available properties on the market.

That means a Realtor can give you information about a wide range of available homes from which to choose.

When it comes to finding out if you’re paying too much, a Realtor can serve as the liaison between you and the seller, bringing to the table negotiating expertise and knowledge about required disclosures and the housing market.

You’ll be pleased to know the Visalia based Tulare Association of Realtors recently merged with the Porterville based Orange Belt Board of Realtors and the first time in history all Realtors are now under one Association.

Truly the Tulare County Association of Realtors representing the entire county with multiple listing services that covers all listings in Tulare County to best serve residents throughout the area.

If you’re selling a home 

You probably know what working with a Realtor is an indispensable part of selling your home.

For one thing, your Realtor can list your property in the MLS, providing your home with incomparable exposure and ensuring you have as many Realtors as possible helping to find a buyer.

But that’s not all a Realtor does to market your home. She or he knows how to specifically target advertising or social media to reach buyers for your home.

The agents use all the marketing tools available to ensure your home is sold expediently.

Additionally, a Realtor conducts a variety of other marketing efforts on your behalf, from holding open houses and handling phone inquiries to show your home to prospective buyers.

What does a Realtor do for you besides find buyers? Plenty. A Realtor provides information on local market conditions to help you price your property realistically and fairly, and keeps you abreast of changes in the market which may affect your home.

And let’s face it: buying and selling a home means paperwork, lots of it. When it comes to closing escrow, a Realtor can be invaluable, leading you through the paper trail with a steady hand, and familiarizing you with escrow, insurance, property disclosures and inspection procedures, to name a few.

So where do you find a Realtor? 

Like finding any good professional in Tulare County, the best way to locate a Realtor is through recommendations from friends or those who have bought or sold homes recently.

Ask for references and check each thoroughly. It’s always best to interview two or three Realtors before you decide on one that fits your needs.

It’s important to find a professional who is a Realtor. Why? A Realtor is someone who, as a member of the local, state and national trade association, adheres to a strict Code of Ethics.

A nationwide survey by the National Association of Realtors showed 97 percent of respondents said their Realtor was doing an “excellent” or “very good” job.

If you’re thinking or buying or selling property in Visalia, Tulare or Porterville, this summer or fall now is a great time to call, text or email your favorite real estate firm.

Mike Allen is the Managing Broker/Owner of Century 21 Jordan-Link Company, a full service real estate firm celebrating their 41st year in business in 2017, with offices in Visalia, Tulare and Porterville. Mike can be reached at 733-9696 or Mike@JordanLink.com.


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