Special Announcement: The Internet has become an integral part of the homebuying process.
In fact, over 70% of all homebuyers use the Internet to search for their home. Of course, we all knew that, right? It’s been all over television, the newspapers, and, of course, the Internet.
Well, here’s a little known “secret" I’d like to share with you. As easy as it is to find home listings when searching for a new home, it is just as easy to get information on the value of your current home…for FREE! That’s right…F-R-E-E!
Yes, there are some sites that charge for general sales information. But how accurate could this information be if it is just general value information for your town. Each neighborhood has its own characteristic, its own flavor. More importantly, each neighborhood also has its own market value, too. One neighborhood, for whatever reason, could vary in value greatly than a neighborhood adjacent to it. So it is very important to get specific property information about your particular home in your particular neighborhood.
How do you do that? Easy! You have a professional real estate agent run a market analysis of your home and email you a copy. Any professional real estate agent would jump at the chance to have the opportunity to create a dialogue with a future homeseller. And any homeowner should be excited about getting such information in a non-threatening way. Think about it. You get a value range of your home at your convenience without having a real estate agent breathing down your neck or shoving a contract under your nose. This is especially useful if you just want to keep tabs on your home’s value or you’re just thinking of refinancing. Why go through stress unnecessarily. As a real estate professional, I wouldn’t want you to go through that and I’ll bet there are probably others who think the same way as I do.
But do me a favor for sharing this “secret" with you. When this professional shows you the respect of sharing this information about your home’s value with you, show him or her the same consideration by placing him or her on your short list of agents when you do consider selling your home. Or when you consider buying a property. Heck, whenever anyone in your sphere of influence thinks of doing the same thing, repay him or her for the respect shown. It’s only fair, wouldn’t you agree?
Lawrence D. Elliott has been a Realtor® for over 16 years and provides professional representation for clients in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. He can be reached direct at 1-888-810-SOLD. He also runs a network of real estate web sites, which can be accessed through his main site at http://www.LawrenceElliott.com