I know what you’re thinking…all real estate agents are the same. I understand it’s easy to place us all in the same bucket. Really I do!
I had one guy make a showing appointment with me for later that same day. When I arrived at the property, a lakefront home, he had a much younger woman with him and was driving a convertible Corvette.
I quickly found out she was his newest girlfriend and surmised his main goal was to impress her. While he’s standing in the main living area looking out at the lake he loudly states, “I hate Realtors!”.
“Really? Why is that?” I quickly responded. If you’re going to make such a statement, better get ready to back it up. I think he was a little taken back by my quick reply and said something to the effect of, “you’re all the same”. That’s a cop-out.
But just as not all physicians, dentists or lawyers are the same, either are real estate agents. Realtors come from all different backgrounds. Such as teachers, stay at home mom’s or dads, retirees, or students. The point is, if you didn’t connect with your last Realtor, shop for another until you find someone you’re comfortable with.
Complaints like, “it’s was too difficult to reach him” or “he wasn’t available for us” often are a result of the same problem. Did you know that nearly 80% of real estate agents are part-time? That’s right, they have full-time obligations elsewhere and that’s part of the problem.
How can you tell if a Realtor is full-time? They are easy to reach all day long. I answer my calls and if I can’t at the moment, I’ll text them and let them know when to expect my call. Full-time Realtors make sure you can reach them by phone, SMS, and email.
Here’s a true story. My client lost the bid on his dream home and yet I got him back in the game again and in that very same house. Most agents would have just moved on to the next one but I could tell they really fell in love with this property. Curious? Click on the link below to read the whole story…
What Is KW Property Finder?
KWPropertyFinder.com is where you can quickly and easily search the MLS (Multiple Listing System) for accurate and up-to-date information on all properties listed in the Southeast Michigan area.
The problem with those public search engines is that although initially the listing is pulled off of the MLS platform, it’s up to the listing agents to keep them accurate and updated on each of those individual sites. What do you think the likelihood is that every listing agent will track down their listings on every site to update them?
Well, that’s why 50% of what’s on those sites as “for sale” are already under contract or sold. That’s not the case with KWPropertyFinder.com. Here you can tap directly into the MLS, set up your own custom searches and know with 100% confidence that what you see is what you get!
How Accurate Is The MLS?
The Multiple Listing System is the central database of all local listings nationwide. It’s the best and only primary source for listings and public record access from which all others draw from.
Realtors across the nation pay quarterly membership fees to be a part of and have access to the Multiple Listing System. There are strict rules as a condition of that membership that Realtors must adhere to. That includes, that all listings are to be kept up-to-date at all times. So if a listing has a price drop, is pulled off the market, expires or goes under contract, the MLS must be kept current.
It’s 100% more accurate than pubic search engines Realtor.com, Zillow, Homes.com, etc.
Through KWPropertyFinder.com you can easily search through the MLS, set up showings or contact me directly with any questions.
Who do you work with?
Homeowners wanting to list their property for sale.
When working with Homeowners, I provide well-documented market analysis, a price range, explain how I got there and then leave the pricing decision up to the homeowner.
I work as a partner with homeowners, making sure their home will show its best features. I also pay for professional photographs and all online advertising at no extra cost to the homeowner.
Breaking out from the bare minimum effort of marketing listings, I’ve put together an innovative marketing strategy. The result? A positive experience and keeping my clients informed of how their listing is marketed with weekly updates and superior results that have earned me tremendous client loyalty.
I’ve sold homes of all sizes and work with buyers and sellers of all price ranges. From the high-end Oak Pointe lakefront home, the small cape cod or a multi-family investment property and everything in between I have the expertise to you to “SOLD”.
Homes don’t sell themselves, no matter how nice they are. That is especially true of premiums homes which require a whole new level and aggressive form of marketing. I strive to combine fresh marketing strategies with my passion for helping others.
When working as a buyer’s agent for those looking to purchase a home, I first work to understand what exactly you’re looking for, your likes and dislikes, etc. This helps me set up a customized search for you of properties that are a good fit, saving you hours and days and weeks of searching.
Each time I go on a showing with my clients, I look at properties with a more critical eye. I’m looking for possible red flags inside and out.
I am still and probably will always be a property investor. I speak their language, know what they’re looking for and ask all the right questions from those looking to sell investment properties. There are lots of wolves in this market and I’ve walked many new investors acquire their first rental property and grow from there. My husband and I are always willing to provide advice when asked.
How much do you charge?
As a buyer’s agent, I don’t charge my clients anything because my brokerage’s commissions are paid for by the seller. It’s like getting top-notch pro bono work.
I work for and represent a brokerage, Keller Williams. They make the rules that I must follow. The same is true for any agency.
As far as home sellers are concerned the standard commission in Michigan (varies by state) is a total of 6%. That is 3% to the listing brokerage and the remaining 3% goes to the selling brokerage (the brokerage that the buyer’s agent represents).
There is a little wiggle room in there under certain circumstances. Such as if the home sellers are willing to work with me to list their home AND purchase another. Another circumstance is if the buyer comes directly to me and is not represented by another agent. I do give discounts to property investors because of the volume of purchases and sales they bring to the table.
If you’re anything like me, you read reviews on just about anything and anyone. Before I buy a product I’m familiar with, I’ll look up reviews for it on Amazon. Well, same holds true for agents. Below are a few I thought you’d like to take a look at.
You can also check out my YouTube channel which is chock full of great house hunting and home selling tips and more reviews. Be sure to subscribe while you’re there. Just click on the image below.
How I Got Started In Real Estate
I started in real estate back in 2011 on the east coast. My husband and I work as a team. We bought up HUD homes, remodeled or rebuilt them and then flipped them. It was fun but it was very hard work. We learned a great deal about the foreclosure process, HUD, construction, permits, interior design, etc. I even learned to lay tile and completely remodeled at least six kitchens from scratch.
Then we decided to hold on to properties and build a portfolio of rental properties so we could eventually retire on the passive income they generated. That’s still largely the plan and we continually work toward building that up.
Then in 2015, we decided to move to Michigan. We love it here, such a beautiful state! Anyway, I got my license here in Michigan in 2016 and I’ve been with Keller Williams ever since.
I often find that my background in property renovation and remodeling comes in handy more often than not. I can usually estimate the cost of repairs fairly well.
Have More Questions?
When buying and//or selling a home your goals become my goals. It’s my passion that comes through when I’m actively helping each of my clients realize and achieve their real estate dreams.
I put together some common questions I often get from my clients. Check out my real estate FAQ page to read them.