HOW IS YOUR HOME ADVERTISED?
The biggest concern potential clients have in listing with a small, local REALTOR is will their home have the same exposure as it would have with a larger firm. Please allow me to present a few facts from the National Association of REALTORS and you can answer that question yourself.
If the percentages are added up, about 87-88% of residential home purchases came directly from an agent's marketing. Our local firm admittedly doesn't spend our time nor our hard earned money to compete for space in newspapers. Advertising in a newspaper is solely to keep sellers happy (hey honey, look we're in the paper!) and to promote their own brand.
We do, however, compare nicely with the remaining 99% of marketing agents use outside of newspapers. We are members of both the western North Carolina Regional MLS and the McDowell MLS to ensure complete coverage in our area - not all firms in this area are members of both.
As for the internet, where 51% of home buyers find their future home, we are synced up with over 75 feeder sites like Zillow, REALTOR.com, Trulia and Refin, just like the big corporations. According to SimilarWeb.com, our listings had the possibility to be seen by over 1 billion people in the first 3 months of 2018.
Now, with the information provided, do our clients enjoy basically the same exposure as they would receive with a national firm?
HOW DO WE COMPARE TO COMPETING AGENTS?
From 2013 to 2018, the list to sale ratio of single family homes in Buncombe County is 70%. In the same time period, Real Estate Revolutions has a list to sale ratio of 90%! This time frame is a good sample as 2013 was the beginning of the real estate market comeback, continuing through the hottest market we've experienced in years and the current normalization which was inevitable and could accelerate as interest rates rise.
Why are we more successful selling our homes than the average real estate agent? First of all, we're not average. We answer phones and return voice mails promptly! We work with our sellers to understand their goals in the transaction, and then help our clients achieve those goals. You are not just a number here. You won't gets plugged into a corporate system with multiple people harassing you about lowering your price. You speak with your broker and we aren't happy unless our clients are happy!
HOW DOES THE SELLING PROCESS WORK?
The first step is always deciding selling is right for you. Do you need to move? Do you have a plan for after you sell? Asking yourself these questions can get you started. Also, getting your free Comparative Market Analysis from me will give you an estimate of your home's value, and thus you'll know if selling is right financially.
Step two is signing up with your agent. Make sure to ask questions about anything specific you don't understand. Your agent should give you some recommendations on getting your home ready for showings and pictures. If your home is ready, it's time for photos and entering your home on the Multiple Listing Service.
The third step is marketing. The number one marketing tool in real estate is the MLS as it immediately gets your home is front of all local real estate agents. Being on the MLS also ensures your home is spread across the internet to over 80 real estate websites including Zillow and REALTOR.com! We also have many followers on our Facebook page to keep active buyers engaged and ready for when the home they're looking for hits the market.
If all goes well, the next step will be receiving an offer. Your agent should provide you a copy of a blank offer to purchase when you list so that you may have time to review it so you're prepared when the offer is presented. The legal framework at this time is very important, so all questions should be asked before you sign the contract. Your agent will also help you through the negotiations, as there is more than just a purchase price that needs to be considered.
Once the contract is signed by all parties, step five is time for the buyer to have the inspections they wish. Every home will have something show up on a home inspection. Depending on what and how much is wrong with the home, the buyer may ask you to make some repairs. Again, this is a negotiation that your agent can help make a smooth and inexpensive as possible. It is during this time we will contact your attorney to get them in on the transaction so as not to have an unforeseen title issue and other delay for closing.
And finally, step six is closing day. Real estate closings have changed recently for privacy concerns. No longer do the buyers, sellers and agents all sit in a room while they sign documents. Now closings are as private as you want them to be. A lot of our clients close on property while they are out of town. Be sure to ask your attorney any questions you have before signing the documents.
Congratulations, you have just sold your home!
Because of the unique characteristics of each piece of property in the western North Carolina mountains, the real estate market in Asheville and the surrounding areas poses a uniquely tough challenge for selling a house fast, fair and hassle-free.
Please browse the useful information and tips below to learn more about selling a house in Arden, Asheville, Black Mountain, Swannanoa and other mountain communities.
We Sell Homes in Asheville & Beyond!
Whether you're buying your very first home or moving to our beautiful mountains, we will help you find the place you want to spend the next few trips around the sun, if not the rest of your life.
Our experience ensures we know the area well and how to match both you and your lifestyle to an appropriate neighborhood that's within your price range.
We won't stop until you're happy. We know this is a big investment for you and want you to be as excited with your new residence as you can be. Referrals are our life blood, and happy clients are our best source of referrals. You will not be treated like a number. You are an individual with your own individual needs.
Years of passionate commitment to helping grow our community has been well worth it. We've helped countless families find their first home, expand into something bigger with new additions to their families and downsize as children move out of the nest.