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Should You Work With a Team or With a Single Agent?

Are you wondering about whether you should work with a single agent or a team of specialists? To us, it’s a no-brainer.

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Sellers today are asking quite often which is better: working with a team of real estate professionals or working with a single agent?
Well, we all start as individual agents. When we’re new in the business, we do everything, and that’s how we learn. As our experience grows, we often find that one person can’t really effectively do it all.
The benefits of a team come from the fact that we have people who specialize in certain parts of the transaction. As an example, I’ll briefly introduce you to my team: Laura, our listing manager, has been in the business for 28 years. She specializes in every detail of listing a property up until close—contracts, title, mortgage, and so much more.

TEAM stands for ‘Together, each achieves more.’

James, our listing specialist, has been on the team for 11 years and is a third-generation real estate agent here in Southwest Florida. He is passionate about helping people get their home sold, so he deals with showings and feedback, as well as communicating with agents, buyers, and sellers. Additionally, he also does the marketing we use to help your home get sold.
We also have showing agents—buyer agents who are out in the field every day showing properties. They stay up to date on current market trends: what’s hot, what’s stale, and what the best values are.
Further still, we have a variety of different ancillary services. We work with the title companies, mortgage lenders, etc., who all act as an extended part of our team. We even have a list of vendors we’d recommend you to.
Unfortunately, as a single agent, you can’t be everywhere and do everything. The value of a team is that there is always someone in the office to show property, answer a question, or lend a hand to get it done.
The acronym TEAM stands for ‘Together, each achieves more.’ We feel that with a team, you get better service, communication, and a better job done.
If you have any questions about our team, always feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help.

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are three simple things you can do to make moving day less stressful. I’ll go over them for you today.

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Moving can be overwhelming. Follow these three tips for a stress-free move: 1. Consolidate.

Walk through your house with three questions in mind:

  • Do you want this item and does it fit your new lifestyle? 
  • Can someone else enjoy this item? 
  • Does this item need to be thrown away? 

Create three piles:

  • One for things you plan on keeping 
  • One for trash
  • One for donations

Start packing the things in the “keep” pile.

You don’t have to pack and move everything on your own.

2. Don’t be afraid to call in help. You don’t need to do it all by yourself. Ask friends, relatives, neighbors, or people from church. If your crew isn’t local, there are wonderful companies that will help you get organized and packed for the move. 3. Don’t forget to plan for your pets. We all know that pets can get excited. When we’re under stress, they’re under stress. See if a friend or relative can watch them during moving day. The worst thing that could happen is your pet getting lost during the move. Make sure they are safe and secure. Following these three tips will save you a lot of stress on moving day. If you have any questions or need any recommendations for moving companies, packing, shipping companies or anything real estate just call me! I am happy to help!

What's Happening in Our Southwest Florida Real Estate Market?

Today, I’ve got a couple of questions I’d like to answer in relation to our Southwest Florida market: Who’s buying, and what’s selling?

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Recently, everyone has been asking: “What is selling, and who is buying?” Let’s talk about the second half of this question first. What we’re seeing today is the largest variety of buyers we’ve seen all year. Right now, there are a lot of locals who are looking to buy. This is especially true for locals who work in a profession dealing with seasonal folks. These locals want to buy or sell before things get too busy. Additionally, some buyers want to close before the new year due to tax purposes. Whatever the reason for moving, buyers during this time of year are more serious. Most people want to get into their new home before the holidays.

So, what’s selling in our market? Everything.

This is also the time of year when snowbirds start moving in. September of this year did go a little slowly because of the hurricane, but our October market was strong. In short, there are a lot of buyers looking in our market right now. So, what is selling? My answer to that would be: everything. People are looking for single-family homes, gated golfing communities, waterfront properties, condos, villas, and more. It all depends on the buyer. But, inventory is still very, very low. Many people are still dealing with repairs from the hurricane and have been unable to put their homes on the market. That being said, this gives you a competitive edge if you are looking to list. If your home is ready to be shown, or even if you have just minor, exterior repairs, you are in a good position. We’re actually seeing buyers look at homes that still need some small repairs. Buyers can see beyond that, since many homes in our area are dealing with the same issues. As long as repairs will be completed prior to closing, or if you as a seller are willing to put the money in escrow, most buyers will feel comfortable and ready to move forward. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.