Frequently Asked Questions
With sites like zillow and realtor.com, why do I need an agent?
Third party websites have a lot of market information. Sometimes that information is accurate and up-to-date and sometimes it is not. Furthermore it is only information, not insight. Our agents use their street level, real-world experience and expertise to synthesize information into something meaningful – knowledge you can use.
In addition to sharing their knowledge and expertise, our buyer’s agents will help you schedule tours, evaluate homes and shield you from the seller and seller’s agent. Once you find the right home, our agents help you analyze the market data and determine a negotiation strategy. After we have helped you secure the best terms in the contract, we manage every aspect of the process making sure your contract to close experience is seamless.
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What should I be doing first before looking at homes?
Your first step is to find a Buyer’s Agent. When interviewing agents you really want to find a good fit. You will be spending a lot of time with your agent and that person needs to “get you.” You want to make sure your agent has true market knowledge, negotiation experience and foresight. We have developed a succinct and informative Buyer’s Consultation that we would love to share with you.
Give us a call at 314-413-7086 to schedule a no-pressure information session.
I am relocating from another city, can someone help me when I am not actually in town?
You are moving to a new city, starting a new job and somewhere in that process you need to find a new home, new school, mechanic, doctor and babysitter. Our agents understand that this colossal move you are making is about much more than a house. We have learned that by providing context, we can make this transition a little easier for you. Much of your actual house shopping will be done online far removed from our metropolitan area. The logistics of flipping between the MLS, google maps and disparate neighborhood websites is cumbersome and less than informative. Our consultative approach allows us to get to the heart of what’s most important to you. Once we are on the same page, we use what we’ve learned about your wants and needs and customize a search to help you put everything in context.
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If I have an existing home, should I sell it before buying a new home?
This is a complicated question and the answer will depend on your motivation for moving. There are essentially three ways to go about this.
- Sell, then Buy.
- Buy, then Sell.
- Buy and Sell Simultaneously, meaning you close the sale of your current on the same day as you close the purchase the of you new home.
Most people may find themselves in this situation once, twice, maybe three times in their lives. But this is a situation that our agents manage literally on a daily basis. Please check our recent blog post for details: How to Sell Your Home and Buy Another at the Same Time.
I found a home that is “For sale by owner,” what should I do?
If you found a home that is listed For Sale By Owner, then you definitely need the help of a professional Buyer’s Agent.
Every For Sale By Owner is different. Most see the benefits of working with a professional Buyer’s Agent. In these cases, the For Sale By Owner usually goes unrepresented, while the buyer is guided through the transaction by a licensed professional. Your Buyer’s Agent will use an 8 page contract designed to protect you, the buyer, at every turn. And on closing day (in most cases) this service will be paid for by the seller.
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