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Old 07-08-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
7,930 posts, read 17,803,940 times
Reputation: 1997

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Originally Posted by PSU1989 View Post
Agree with you both, there is not an easy solution in a tough market right now. Regardless of your price, there just are not many buyers in general and they have much to choose from, but even then, they dont want to pull the trigger. We did not buy another house, heck we are actually renting in our new location just to see where the market settles. Kind of like a stock, I dont mind paying on the way up, but I have jumping on a falling knife. Given we have moved every 3 years, I was not looking to potentially lose a quick 10% plus myself!

Everybody has to do what they are comfortable with, I was just pointing out there are options if you are willing to do the work, and it is possible. Good luck to all.... :-)

PS excellent decision on your part...that is the other thing so many people are renting and there is no Urgency to buy....
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Wantagh to Waxhaw
536 posts, read 1,542,642 times
Reputation: 164
Post What a REALTOR® does!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kari Strong View Post
Wait did someone say a seller's agent doesn't do anything???? WOW- you must be talking about the listing agents that would be happy to put your home on MLS for 1% and let it sit there.
Ok I think we all agree you get what you pay for. If you want a 4% listing you will get 4% service. I, for example, am confident in saying I have an outstanding marketing program and am very driven when it comes to selling homes and will not settle for 1%. Many brokers are worth every dollar they are paid, just like any other profession. Would you do your job at 100% if your boss paid you 66% less? It's a good way to look at it.
Homes sell every day for 1% (4% total), just like they do for 5% or 6%, look at my sold page. BTW, I am a FULL SERVICE REALTOR®!!! No flat fees from my company.

I can't take credit for this, I saw it on a website once, and I blogged about it, to always have it. The original source was local Homes and Land magazine and/or Mike Diemer

Here is what a listing agent does...

"Here is a list of nearly 200 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages undertaken in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provides by a FULL SERVICE REALTOR® and Brokerage in return for their sales commission. Depending on the nature of the transaction some may take minutes, hours or even days to complete, while some may not be needed, depending on the transaction. More importantly, they reflect the level of skill, knowledge and attention to detail required in today’s real estate transactions, underscoring the importance of having help and guidance from someone who fully understands the process, your REALTOR®. And never forget that REALTORS® are pledged to uphold the stringent, enforceable tenets of the
REALTOR® Code of Ethics in their professional dealings with the public. Not every real estate licensee holds a REALTOR® membership. Make sure yours does.

Pre-Listing Activities

1. Make an appointment with the potential seller for a Listing Presentation
2. Send Seller a written or e-mail confirmation of listing appointment and call to confirm
3. Review pre-appointment questions
4. Research all comparable currently listed properties
5. Research sales activity for the past 18 months from MLS and public record databases
6. Research “Average Days on Market” for this property type, price range and location
7. Download and review property tax roll information
8. Prepare “Comparable Market Analysis” (CMA) to establish fair market value
9. Obtain copy of subdivision plat / complex lay-out
10. Research Property ownership and Title
11. Research Property’s public record information for lot size & dimensions
12. Research and verify legal description
13. Research property’s land use code and deed restrictions
14. Research property’s current use and zoning
15. Verify legal names of owners on property title
16. Prepare a Listing Presentation package with the above materials
17. Perform an exterior “Curb Appeal Assessment” of subject property
18. Compile and assemble formal file on property
19. Confirm current public schools and explain impact of schools on market value
20. Review listing appointment checklist to ensure all steps and actions have been completed


Listing Appointment Presentation

21. Give seller an overview of current market conditions and projection
22. Review agent’s and company’s credentials and accomplishments in the market
23. Present company profile and position or niche in the marketplace
24. Present CMA results to seller, including Comparables, Solds, Current Listings & Expired
25. Offer pricing strategy based on professional judgment & interpretation of current market conditions
26. Offer professional insight on deficiencies preventing higher selling values
27. Suggest “Value Added” tips to enhance the homes salability to potential buyers
28. Discuss “Marketing” with seller to get Maximum Exposure and Property value
29. Explain market power and benefits of the Multiple Listing Service
30. Explain the power of print and web marketing used by REALTORS®
31. Explain the work the brokerage and agents do “behind the scenes” & agents availability on weekends
32. Explain taking calls to screen for qualified buyers to protect the seller from curiosity seekers
33. Present strategic master marketing plan for property
34. Explain different agency relationships and determine seller’s preference
35. Review presentation with sellers to ensure complete understanding and answer any questions
pertaining to the process.

Once a Property is Under a Listing Agreement

36. Review current title information
37. Measure overall and heated square footage
38. Measure interior room sizes
39. Confirm lot size via owner’s copy of certified survey, if available
40. Obtain house plans, if applicable and available
41. Review house plans and make copies
42. Order Survey or Real Estate Property Report
43. Prepare showing instructions for buyers agent’s
44. Set up with sellers acceptable Open House and Showing Time hours
45. Obtain current mortgage loan information; company and loan account numbers
46. Verify current loan information with lenders
47. Check assumability of loans and any special requirements
48. Discuss possible buyer financing alternatives and options with sellers
49. Review current appraisal if available
50. Identify Home Owners Association manager if applicable
51. Verify Home Owner Association fees with manager- mandatory or optional & current annual fees
52. Order a copy of the Condominium Association document & bylaws, if applicable
53. Discuss with homeowner average utility usage for the last 12 months and calculate monthly average
54. Research and verify city sewer / septic tank / septic field system
55. Discuss with homeowner water usage for the last 12 months an calculate the monthly average
56. Well Water: Confirm well status, depth and output from well report
57. View or order a water analysis report of well water, if applicable
58. Discuss with homeowner the natural gas usage over the last 12 months and calculate a monthly average
59. Discuss with homeowner the garbage / recycle programs and document info for buyers presentations
60. Prepare a detailed list of property amenities and assess market impact
61. Prepare a detailed list of locations and distances to area schools, grocery stores, department
stores and shopping malls
62. Prepare a detailed list of locations and distances to recreation centres and public library’s
63. Compile a list of upgrades and completed repairs and maintenance items
64. Send “Vacancy Checklist” to seller if property is vacant
65. Explain the benefits of Home Owners warranty to Potential Buyers
66. Have an extra key made for the lockbox
67. Verify if property has rental units: if so
68. Verify and make copies of all lease agreements fro retention in listing file
69. Verify all rents agreements and deposit amounts
70. Inform tenants of listing and discuss how showings will be handled
71. Arrange and coordinate official listing date to coincide with any upgrades or repairs
72. Arrange for the placement of a Yard Sign
73. Assist sellers with the completion of the “Seller Disclosure Form”
74. Ensure “New Listings Checklist” is completed
75. Review Curb Appeal Assessment with sellers
76. Review Interior Décor Assessment with sellers
77. Load listing into transaction management software program
78. Arrange “New Listing” information session with Realtors in your office at the weekly meeting
79. Take high resolution photographs of all aspects of the property for use in “Marketing Plan” in
print advertising, for personal and company websites and MLS


Entering Property in the Multiple Listing Service Database

80. Prepare MLS Profile Sheet – Agent’s is responsible for “Quality Control” and accuracy of listing data
81. Enter property data from Profile Sheet into the MLS database
82. Proofread MLS database listing for accuracy
83. Include proper placement in mapping function
84. Add property to the company’s “Active Listing” list
85. Add Property information and photos into company’s websites
86. Add Property information and photos to personal real estate websites
87. Add property information and photos to all real estate website provided by the publications you
market and advertise with
88. Provide sellers with a signed copy of the Listing Agreement and MLS Profile Data Sheet Form
within 48-hours
89. Discuss with homeowners the possibility of virtual tours or streaming audio/video presentations.

Marketing The Listing

90. Create Print and Internet ads with the sellers input
91. Coordinate showings with owners, tenants, and other REALTORS
92. Return any calls promptly every day including evenings and weekends
93. Install electronic lock box if authorized by sellers
94. Program electronic lock boxes with agreed-upon showing time windows
95. Prepare mailing and contact list
96. Generate mail-merge letters to contact list
97. Order “Just Listed” labels and reports
98. Prepare flyers & feedback faxes
99. Review comparable MLS listings regularly to ensure property remains competitive in price,
terms, conditions and availability.
100. Prepare property Marketing Brochure for sellers to review
101. Arrange for the printing or copying supplies of marketing brochures and flyers
102. Arrange and coordinate the placement of feature ads in real estate publications
103. Arrange for a newspaper classified ad advertising Open House times and dates
104. Place marketing brochures in all of the company’s realtors mail boxes
105. Mail out “Just Listed” notices to all neighborhood residents
106. Advise Network Referral Program of listing
107. Provide marketing data to buyers coming through international relocation networks
108. Provide marketing data to buyers coming from referral network
109. Provide “Special Feature” cards for marketing, if applicable
110. Submit ads to company’s participating Internet real estate sites
111. Any information or price changes conveyed promptly to any and all services, Internet sites,
publications and MLS
112. Reprint and Supply additional buyer brochures as needed
113. Loan information reviewed and updated in MLS as required
114. Feedback emails / faxes sent to buyers agents after showings
115. Review weekly Market Study
116. Discuss feedback from showing agents with sellers to determine if changes are required
117. Promptly enter these changes in MLS listing database.



The Offer and Contract

118. Receive and review all Offers to Purchase contracts submitted by buyers or buyers agents
119. Evaluate offer(s) and prepare a “net sheet” on each for the sellers for comparative purposes
120. Counsel sellers on offer(s) received. Explain in detail the merits and weaknesses of each
component of each offer received
121. Contact buyers agent to review buyers qualifications and to discuss offer
122. Counsel seller on countering “offers” and work with buyers or buyer’s agent to negotiate a deal
123. Fax /Deliver Sellers Disclosure to buyer’s agent or buyer upon request or prior to offer if possible
124. Obtain a pre-qualification letter on buyer from mortgage broker or lending institution
125. Negotiate all offers on sellers behalf, setting time limits for loan approval and closing date
126. Fax copies of contract and all addendums to sellers lawyer and buyer’s agent
127. When Offer to Purchase contract is accepted and signed by seller, deliver to buyer’s agent
128. Record and promptly deposit buyers deposit into trust account
129. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract to seller
130. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract to buyer’s agent
131. Provide copies of Offer to Purchase to the lenders
132. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract for office to file
133. Advise seller in handling additional offers to purchase submitted between contract and closing
134. Change status in MLS to “Conditionally Sold”
135. Update lawn sign to include a C/S “Conditionally Sold” sticker
136. Update transaction management program to show “Conditionally Sold”
137. Assist buyer in obtaining financing, if applicable and follow-up as necessary
138. Coordinate with lender on Discount Points being locked in with dates
139. Order septic tank inspection, if applicable
140. Receive and review septic tank report and assess any possible impact on sale
141. Deliver Well Flow Test Report copies to lender & buyer and property listing file.


Home Inspection

142. Coordinate buyers professional home inspection with seller
143. Review home inspection report
144. Forward finding of Inspection to seller
145. Discuss home inspection report with buyer or buyer’s agent
146. Deal with problems found as a result of home inspection
147. Ensure seller’s compliance with Home Inspection Clause
148. Work with sellers and buyer or buyer’s agent to resolve and or repair problems found as a
result of home inspection
149. Properly document changes to the Offer to Purchase to reflect the resolved changes as a
result of the home inspection.
150. Ensure revised copies with new changes is forwarded to Sellers Lawyer, Buyer’s agent,
lending institution and to office to file
151. Enter completion into transaction management tracking software program
152. Explain seller’s responsibilities with respect to loan limits and interpret any clauses in the contract
153. Recommend or assist seller in identifying and negotiating with a trustworthy contractor to
perform any work required
154. Oversee completion of all required repairs on the sellers behalf, if needed
155. Ensure seller’s compliance with Home Inspection Clause negotiated requirements have been
completed to the satisfaction of all parties prior to closing

Financing

156. Follow through with the buyers or buyer’s agent on financing approval
157. Fax / deliver any and all relevant documents needed to complete the financing requirements

The Appraisal

158. Schedule the Appraisal
159. Provide comparable sales used in marketing price to Appraiser
160. Follow-up on Appraisal
161. Enter completion into transaction management program
162. Assist seller in questioning any appraisal report if it seems too low

Closing Preparation and Duties

163. Contract is signed by all parties
164. Coordinate closing process with buyer’s agent and lender
165. Update closing forms & files
166. Ensure all parties have all the forms and information needed to close the sale
167. Select a location where the closing will be held
168. Confirm closing date and time And notify all parties
169. Assist in solving any title problems (boundary disputes, easements, etc.) or in obtaining Death
Certificates if required
170. Work with buyer’s agent in scheduling and conducting the buyers Final Walk-Thru prior to closing
171. Research all tax, HOA, Utility and other applicable pro-rations
172. Request final closing figures from closing agent (attorney or title company)
173. Receive and carefully review closing figures to ensure accuracy of preparation
174. Forward verified closing figures to buyer’s agent
175. Request a copy of closing documents for closing agent
176. Confirm buyer and buyer’s agent have received title insurance commitment
177. Provide “Home Owners Warranty” for availability at closing, if applicable
178. Review all closing documents carefully for errors
179. Forward closing documents to absentee seller if required
180. Review documents with the lawyer
181. Coordinate this closing with the seller’s next purchase and resolve any timing issues
182. Have a “no surprises” closing so that sellers receive a net proceed cheque at closing
183. Refer sellers to one of the best agents at their destination if relocating
184. Change MLS status to SOLD
185. Change Lawn sign to SOLD
186. Enter in sale date, price, selling broker and agent ID numbers, etc. into system
187. Close out listing in transaction management program

Following Up After Closing

188. Answer questions about filing claims with New Home Warranty company, if required
189. Attempt to clarify and resolve any conflicts about repairs if buyer is not satisfied
190. Respond to any follow-up calls and provide any additional information required from office files.


Nuff Said!
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
7,930 posts, read 17,803,940 times
Reputation: 1997
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keith "Baby-Face" Lutz View Post
Homes sell every day for 1% (4% total), just like they do for 5% or 6%, look at my sold page. BTW, I am a FULL SERVICE REALTOR®!!! No flat fees from my company.

I can't take credit for this, I saw it on a website once, and I blogged about it, to always have it. The original source was local Homes and Land magazine and/or Mike Diemer

Here is what a listing agent does...

"Here is a list of nearly 200 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages undertaken in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provides by a FULL SERVICE REALTOR® and Brokerage in return for their sales commission. Depending on the nature of the transaction some may take minutes, hours or even days to complete, while some may not be needed, depending on the transaction. More importantly, they reflect the level of skill, knowledge and attention to detail required in today’s real estate transactions, underscoring the importance of having help and guidance from someone who fully understands the process, your REALTOR®. And never forget that REALTORS® are pledged to uphold the stringent, enforceable tenets of the
REALTOR® Code of Ethics in their professional dealings with the public. Not every real estate licensee holds a REALTOR® membership. Make sure yours does.

Pre-Listing Activities

1. Make an appointment with the potential seller for a Listing Presentation
2. Send Seller a written or e-mail confirmation of listing appointment and call to confirm
3. Review pre-appointment questions
4. Research all comparable currently listed properties
5. Research sales activity for the past 18 months from MLS and public record databases
6. Research “Average Days on Market” for this property type, price range and location
7. Download and review property tax roll information
8. Prepare “Comparable Market Analysis” (CMA) to establish fair market value
9. Obtain copy of subdivision plat / complex lay-out
10. Research Property ownership and Title
11. Research Property’s public record information for lot size & dimensions
12. Research and verify legal description
13. Research property’s land use code and deed restrictions
14. Research property’s current use and zoning
15. Verify legal names of owners on property title
16. Prepare a Listing Presentation package with the above materials
17. Perform an exterior “Curb Appeal Assessment” of subject property
18. Compile and assemble formal file on property
19. Confirm current public schools and explain impact of schools on market value
20. Review listing appointment checklist to ensure all steps and actions have been completed


Listing Appointment Presentation

21. Give seller an overview of current market conditions and projection
22. Review agent’s and company’s credentials and accomplishments in the market
23. Present company profile and position or niche in the marketplace
24. Present CMA results to seller, including Comparables, Solds, Current Listings & Expired
25. Offer pricing strategy based on professional judgment & interpretation of current market conditions
26. Offer professional insight on deficiencies preventing higher selling values
27. Suggest “Value Added” tips to enhance the homes salability to potential buyers
28. Discuss “Marketing” with seller to get Maximum Exposure and Property value
29. Explain market power and benefits of the Multiple Listing Service
30. Explain the power of print and web marketing used by REALTORS®
31. Explain the work the brokerage and agents do “behind the scenes” & agents availability on weekends
32. Explain taking calls to screen for qualified buyers to protect the seller from curiosity seekers
33. Present strategic master marketing plan for property
34. Explain different agency relationships and determine seller’s preference
35. Review presentation with sellers to ensure complete understanding and answer any questions
pertaining to the process.

Once a Property is Under a Listing Agreement

36. Review current title information
37. Measure overall and heated square footage
38. Measure interior room sizes
39. Confirm lot size via owner’s copy of certified survey, if available
40. Obtain house plans, if applicable and available
41. Review house plans and make copies
42. Order Survey or Real Estate Property Report
43. Prepare showing instructions for buyers agent’s
44. Set up with sellers acceptable Open House and Showing Time hours
45. Obtain current mortgage loan information; company and loan account numbers
46. Verify current loan information with lenders
47. Check assumability of loans and any special requirements
48. Discuss possible buyer financing alternatives and options with sellers
49. Review current appraisal if available
50. Identify Home Owners Association manager if applicable
51. Verify Home Owner Association fees with manager- mandatory or optional & current annual fees
52. Order a copy of the Condominium Association document & bylaws, if applicable
53. Discuss with homeowner average utility usage for the last 12 months and calculate monthly average
54. Research and verify city sewer / septic tank / septic field system
55. Discuss with homeowner water usage for the last 12 months an calculate the monthly average
56. Well Water: Confirm well status, depth and output from well report
57. View or order a water analysis report of well water, if applicable
58. Discuss with homeowner the natural gas usage over the last 12 months and calculate a monthly average
59. Discuss with homeowner the garbage / recycle programs and document info for buyers presentations
60. Prepare a detailed list of property amenities and assess market impact
61. Prepare a detailed list of locations and distances to area schools, grocery stores, department
stores and shopping malls
62. Prepare a detailed list of locations and distances to recreation centres and public library’s
63. Compile a list of upgrades and completed repairs and maintenance items
64. Send “Vacancy Checklist” to seller if property is vacant
65. Explain the benefits of Home Owners warranty to Potential Buyers
66. Have an extra key made for the lockbox
67. Verify if property has rental units: if so
68. Verify and make copies of all lease agreements fro retention in listing file
69. Verify all rents agreements and deposit amounts
70. Inform tenants of listing and discuss how showings will be handled
71. Arrange and coordinate official listing date to coincide with any upgrades or repairs
72. Arrange for the placement of a Yard Sign
73. Assist sellers with the completion of the “Seller Disclosure Form”
74. Ensure “New Listings Checklist” is completed
75. Review Curb Appeal Assessment with sellers
76. Review Interior Décor Assessment with sellers
77. Load listing into transaction management software program
78. Arrange “New Listing” information session with Realtors in your office at the weekly meeting
79. Take high resolution photographs of all aspects of the property for use in “Marketing Plan” in
print advertising, for personal and company websites and MLS


Entering Property in the Multiple Listing Service Database

80. Prepare MLS Profile Sheet – Agent’s is responsible for “Quality Control” and accuracy of listing data
81. Enter property data from Profile Sheet into the MLS database
82. Proofread MLS database listing for accuracy
83. Include proper placement in mapping function
84. Add property to the company’s “Active Listing” list
85. Add Property information and photos into company’s websites
86. Add Property information and photos to personal real estate websites
87. Add property information and photos to all real estate website provided by the publications you
market and advertise with
88. Provide sellers with a signed copy of the Listing Agreement and MLS Profile Data Sheet Form
within 48-hours
89. Discuss with homeowners the possibility of virtual tours or streaming audio/video presentations.

Marketing The Listing

90. Create Print and Internet ads with the sellers input
91. Coordinate showings with owners, tenants, and other REALTORS
92. Return any calls promptly every day including evenings and weekends
93. Install electronic lock box if authorized by sellers
94. Program electronic lock boxes with agreed-upon showing time windows
95. Prepare mailing and contact list
96. Generate mail-merge letters to contact list
97. Order “Just Listed” labels and reports
98. Prepare flyers & feedback faxes
99. Review comparable MLS listings regularly to ensure property remains competitive in price,
terms, conditions and availability.
100. Prepare property Marketing Brochure for sellers to review
101. Arrange for the printing or copying supplies of marketing brochures and flyers
102. Arrange and coordinate the placement of feature ads in real estate publications
103. Arrange for a newspaper classified ad advertising Open House times and dates
104. Place marketing brochures in all of the company’s realtors mail boxes
105. Mail out “Just Listed” notices to all neighborhood residents
106. Advise Network Referral Program of listing
107. Provide marketing data to buyers coming through international relocation networks
108. Provide marketing data to buyers coming from referral network
109. Provide “Special Feature” cards for marketing, if applicable
110. Submit ads to company’s participating Internet real estate sites
111. Any information or price changes conveyed promptly to any and all services, Internet sites,
publications and MLS
112. Reprint and Supply additional buyer brochures as needed
113. Loan information reviewed and updated in MLS as required
114. Feedback emails / faxes sent to buyers agents after showings
115. Review weekly Market Study
116. Discuss feedback from showing agents with sellers to determine if changes are required
117. Promptly enter these changes in MLS listing database.



The Offer and Contract

118. Receive and review all Offers to Purchase contracts submitted by buyers or buyers agents
119. Evaluate offer(s) and prepare a “net sheet” on each for the sellers for comparative purposes
120. Counsel sellers on offer(s) received. Explain in detail the merits and weaknesses of each
component of each offer received
121. Contact buyers agent to review buyers qualifications and to discuss offer
122. Counsel seller on countering “offers” and work with buyers or buyer’s agent to negotiate a deal
123. Fax /Deliver Sellers Disclosure to buyer’s agent or buyer upon request or prior to offer if possible
124. Obtain a pre-qualification letter on buyer from mortgage broker or lending institution
125. Negotiate all offers on sellers behalf, setting time limits for loan approval and closing date
126. Fax copies of contract and all addendums to sellers lawyer and buyer’s agent
127. When Offer to Purchase contract is accepted and signed by seller, deliver to buyer’s agent
128. Record and promptly deposit buyers deposit into trust account
129. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract to seller
130. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract to buyer’s agent
131. Provide copies of Offer to Purchase to the lenders
132. Deliver copies of fully signed Offer to Purchase contract for office to file
133. Advise seller in handling additional offers to purchase submitted between contract and closing
134. Change status in MLS to “Conditionally Sold”
135. Update lawn sign to include a C/S “Conditionally Sold” sticker
136. Update transaction management program to show “Conditionally Sold”
137. Assist buyer in obtaining financing, if applicable and follow-up as necessary
138. Coordinate with lender on Discount Points being locked in with dates
139. Order septic tank inspection, if applicable
140. Receive and review septic tank report and assess any possible impact on sale
141. Deliver Well Flow Test Report copies to lender & buyer and property listing file.


Home Inspection

142. Coordinate buyers professional home inspection with seller
143. Review home inspection report
144. Forward finding of Inspection to seller
145. Discuss home inspection report with buyer or buyer’s agent
146. Deal with problems found as a result of home inspection
147. Ensure seller’s compliance with Home Inspection Clause
148. Work with sellers and buyer or buyer’s agent to resolve and or repair problems found as a
result of home inspection
149. Properly document changes to the Offer to Purchase to reflect the resolved changes as a
result of the home inspection.
150. Ensure revised copies with new changes is forwarded to Sellers Lawyer, Buyer’s agent,
lending institution and to office to file
151. Enter completion into transaction management tracking software program
152. Explain seller’s responsibilities with respect to loan limits and interpret any clauses in the contract
153. Recommend or assist seller in identifying and negotiating with a trustworthy contractor to
perform any work required
154. Oversee completion of all required repairs on the sellers behalf, if needed
155. Ensure seller’s compliance with Home Inspection Clause negotiated requirements have been
completed to the satisfaction of all parties prior to closing

Financing

156. Follow through with the buyers or buyer’s agent on financing approval
157. Fax / deliver any and all relevant documents needed to complete the financing requirements

The Appraisal

158. Schedule the Appraisal
159. Provide comparable sales used in marketing price to Appraiser
160. Follow-up on Appraisal
161. Enter completion into transaction management program
162. Assist seller in questioning any appraisal report if it seems too low

Closing Preparation and Duties

163. Contract is signed by all parties
164. Coordinate closing process with buyer’s agent and lender
165. Update closing forms & files
166. Ensure all parties have all the forms and information needed to close the sale
167. Select a location where the closing will be held
168. Confirm closing date and time And notify all parties
169. Assist in solving any title problems (boundary disputes, easements, etc.) or in obtaining Death
Certificates if required
170. Work with buyer’s agent in scheduling and conducting the buyers Final Walk-Thru prior to closing
171. Research all tax, HOA, Utility and other applicable pro-rations
172. Request final closing figures from closing agent (attorney or title company)
173. Receive and carefully review closing figures to ensure accuracy of preparation
174. Forward verified closing figures to buyer’s agent
175. Request a copy of closing documents for closing agent
176. Confirm buyer and buyer’s agent have received title insurance commitment
177. Provide “Home Owners Warranty” for availability at closing, if applicable
178. Review all closing documents carefully for errors
179. Forward closing documents to absentee seller if required
180. Review documents with the lawyer
181. Coordinate this closing with the seller’s next purchase and resolve any timing issues
182. Have a “no surprises” closing so that sellers receive a net proceed cheque at closing
183. Refer sellers to one of the best agents at their destination if relocating
184. Change MLS status to SOLD
185. Change Lawn sign to SOLD
186. Enter in sale date, price, selling broker and agent ID numbers, etc. into system
187. Close out listing in transaction management program

Following Up After Closing

188. Answer questions about filing claims with New Home Warranty company, if required
189. Attempt to clarify and resolve any conflicts about repairs if buyer is not satisfied
190. Respond to any follow-up calls and provide any additional information required from office files.


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Unfortunatley keith most discount brokers 1% listing ones dont offer any of this..I know from experience being in the industry and having 1 of the neighbors listing with 1 and eventually going to a big agency, and it sold, and my house that we bought was listed by a 1% broker and well lets just say my realtor DID everything as she was the buyer agent for us and Im sorry she wasnt paid more than she was as the sellers were still in the house during the walk thru and guess what their agent was no where to be found...so Im sorry but I cant agree and Im not saying your not FULL SERVICE and im certainly not saying you are like that but the majority of them are...
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Wantagh to Waxhaw
536 posts, read 1,542,642 times
Reputation: 164
Cool agree to disagree!

Quote:
Originally Posted by berryjuice4life View Post
Unfortunatley keith most discount brokers 1% listing ones dont offer any of this..I know from experience being in the industry and having 1 of the neighbors listing with 1 and eventually going to a big agency, and it sold, and my house that we bought was listed by a 1% broker and well lets just say my realtor DID everything as she was the buyer agent for us and Im sorry she wasnt paid more than she was as the sellers were still in the house during the walk thru and guess what their agent was no where to be found...so Im sorry but I cant agree and Im not saying your not FULL SERVICE and im certainly not saying you are like that but the majority of them are...
Well that is definitely true, but the same can be said for BIG agencies, remember we are all independent consultants, and it is the individual that makes or breaks their business.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:41 PM
 
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Yes very true, my friend but sometimes its the repuation of a company of which one would not use a particular company/broker kwim?
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:07 AM
 
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While I do see the value in realtors in many ways, I would mention that we were able to sell our house ourselves via the web. We listed on the MLS through Housepad.com, created our own brochures via Owners.com, and hanlded the calls, etc ourselves. We sold the house for the identical price as a house in the development next to us for 470K. Hence using a realtor on the sell side gained no extra value and we saved on the sell side as I was willing to pay the buyer realtor their 3%.

Traffic was pretty good in terms of showings (there were also a number of other homes for sale in the area and I think that helped our traffic), but the couple who ended up buying had a realtor who would not show them our house based on how I was selling it. Ultimately the guy drove by our house, saw the for sale sign, asked to come in and we sold it to him 2 hours later. We went on line together and looked at comps, etc. If you are willing to create brochures, list it, etc - you can save some great money and do it yourself. It may not be everyone, but after spending 20 years in sales myself, and seeing many of the realtors that come through, I would say if you have the time, give it a shot. It worked for me in a brutal market and saved me 14K. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck...

PS: Couple of quick tips, realtors call nonstop trying to get your listing, do an open house one time for them to come and see and move on. They will tell you they have a client, etc and then need to see it, then they try to sell you on how they should list it. After about 2 weeks you get a feel for the games they play and learn how to manage them pretty quickly. THere is definitely a bit of a learning curve, but in the end, at least for us it was well worth it....
Well said. We did the same thing on our first home and it sold in 4 weeks. The only reason we used a realtor at all the second time is we were moving across country and were too busy getting things ready for that to deal with the house selling stuff. We used standard contracts and ended up adding some addedums here and there, but the process wasn't overly difficult. There are pit falls that could happen where you may be happy if you had a realtor to deal with the headaches. Its all about what your comfortable with. Doing it yourself can save allot of money, but it can be allot of work and a headache too. It just wan't for us the first time
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:35 AM
 
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Remember, you get what you pay for!
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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Remember, you get what you pay for!
Not always I know plenty of people using 6% companies that feel their agent is not aggressive enough. The discount brokers I used worked their tails off! They constantly showed out house and marketed it hard! There are plenty of lazy agents out there
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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Not always I know plenty of people using 6% companies that feel their agent is not aggressive enough. The discount brokers I used worked their tails off! They constantly showed out house and marketed it hard! There are plenty of lazy agents out there

Agreed 100%. [moderator cut - mentioning ads] With the Web things are changing and so is the realtor business. I still find it funny that people try to sell their house with no or one picture on-line these days. I think the majority of shoppers go on-line first. I know I skipped any house with no pic and didn't linger on those with one.

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Old 07-09-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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Agreed 100%. [moderator cut - mentioning ads] With the Web things are changing and so is the realtor business. I still find it funny that people try to sell their house with no or one picture on-line these days. I think the majority of shoppers go on-line first. I know I skipped any house with no pic and didn't linger on those with one.
You know what I used to do when looking myself? Skip any house that did not list the schools - I always assumed they were trying to hide the fact that they were assigned to undesirable ones. Also, any flyer in front of a home that DID NOT list the price went into the garbage. I was not going to waste my time calling the agent to get the whole sales pitch for a home that might not even be in my price range. Agents - you frustrate people when you deliberately leave out info!
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