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Old 07-03-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Searches work in different ways. Say you want to spend between $300-350K in Anytown for four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two car garage.

For my clients, I plug in between $289-370K, 4-5 bedroom and 2 1/2-3 baths. I might find something just outside of the client's parameter that would still work. I tell them this when I start.

The first auto send will have all the houses that fit that search parameters. Starting on day two, then they'll get any listings that come on the market or any that have changed price in the previous day.

After about a week, I will ask the client if the listings fit his/her needs and adjust if needed.

I also send the list to myself so I can review the offerings of the day so I can call and discuss the homes.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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I offer very personal service to ready, willing and able clients. I spend about an hour upfront getting to know you, what you want and need and most importantly, why you need it. When possible, I prefer to do this in your current home or at least see pictures of it. I want to know what you like and dislike about your current place.

I know my local inventory well and know that a sow's ear can be made to look appealing with slick marketing no different than a diamond in the rough getting lost with lousy internet marketing.

Why not call the Managing Broker and ask for another agent who is into old fashioned personalized service.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I haven't signed anything with him.
I guess I'm expecting too much. I just wanted him to be able to personally suggest some based on what he knows/hears of certain areas and based on my criteria. I get about 30 per week from the automated email and then I go in and look at each to see if they meet my other criteria because some of it is subjective (nice area etc...). I really get nothing from him besides, here's the list, which do you want to see. If that's what all RE Agent's do then I'll step up my game and do more work.
Schedule a time to go into his office, sift through the listings with him, and plan a time to go view them while there. You could probably see some of your favorites the same day.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I haven't signed anything with him.
I guess I'm expecting too much. I just wanted him to be able to personally suggest some based on what he knows/hears of certain areas and based on my criteria. I get about 30 per week from the automated email and then I go in and look at each to see if they meet my other criteria because some of it is subjective (nice area etc...). I really get nothing from him besides, here's the list, which do you want to see. If that's what all RE Agent's do then I'll step up my game and do more work.
As you stated a nice area is subjective and your agent could jeopardize their license by suggesting what area you should look in. Searching for a home falls more on you than your agent. We get your criteria and send you properties and keep our eyes and ears open. If you are skeptical of an area you need to visit the area. If you do not like it you need to let them know to not include the area. An agents job is to make sure you are pre-approved, start sending and showing houses to you that fit your criteria( you decide the area) and in your price range, when writing up an offer show you comps and suggest an offer price based on those comps, if accepted set up the inspection and negotiate the inspection reply(if needed), make sure the appraisal is ordered, make sure title is ordered and clear so you can get your mortgage commitment on time, go to settlement. ( This is the basics in Philadelphia anyway)

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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Our MLS allows us to get very specific in our search areas so you might go over that with your agent. Also, as another poster mentioned, if you are receiving 30 a day, you can probably afford to narrow your search criteria down further to include things you prefer or to exclude some things you don't. Again, our MLS allows us to drill down to very specific search criteria. Now, the downside of that is that you will never see properties that don't fit your specifics which could mean that you'll miss the perfect house for you that didn't meet all of the checkpoints you thought you wanted but that's the risk you take. It's tough for an agent to make subjective "edits" for you because many times buyers will say they want A, B, and C but then they'll walk into a house and decide that A and B don't matter as much because D and E are kinda nice.
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