Recently, I came across a great article that listed eight questions you should ask at your first meeting with a Realtor® and today I’m sharing my answers. You can find the original article here.
Q1. How long have you been in real estate?
I started my career in real estate in November of 2014. I have been an agent with Keller Williams Village Square Realty throughout my entire career as I feel it has the greatest training and culture. In addition to working in Ridgewood, I have lived in Ridgewood for the past 22 years. I have an intimate knowledge of the town and surrounding areas as I have raised my children here, volunteered here, worked here and built a sense of community here.
Q2. Is this your only job?
Yes, I am a full time Realtor. I am 100% committed to my career and the needs of my clients.
Q3. How many buyers are you working with?
I am currently working with 10 buyers. I make sure to never over commit so that I am able to give 100% to each client. My buyers each have different needs. Some are standing by waiting for more inventory (which I actively try to bring to the market), some have very specific needs and some like to go out frequently to see homes and fully immerse themselves in the market. I am flexible in my style and find I am able to work with every type of buyer! I have successfully helped over 100 groups buy or sell real estate over the course of my career and you can find testimonials here.
Q4. Do you require a contract?
When working with buyers, I do not require them to sign a buyer agency agreement. I let them know that my time and effort have value. If I am working for them, I am loyal to them and would expect the same in return. However, I don’t see any value in either of us working with one another if we are not a good fit.
Q5. Do I need a mortgage pre-approval?
100% yes, you do need a mortgage pre-approval. Without a pre-approval neither of us know your true purchase power. In addition, this has been a very fast paced market. Not having a pre-approval before seeing a home could mean the difference between getting your offer to the seller in the required amount of time to secure your dream home and missing out entirely.
Q6. Who is your typical client?
I work with everyone. When I first started, my focus was on working with first time home buyers. I love introducing people to our area and teaching them about the home purchase process. I also enjoy guiding them to their dream home and staying in touch. In addition, I work with sellers and investors. Each type of client brings a unique personality and perspective to the process. I learn something new through each person I work with and through each experience we have. It’s one of my favorite parts of my career!
Q7. How is the market right now?
Right now, inventory is still low. There are tons of buyers looking for an opportunity to own and invest in real estate. It takes an experienced agent in a market like this to secure homes for buyers. In addition, sellers are able to sell their homes quickly and for more money while demand is high and supply is low. The best time to experience the market is always NOW!
Q8. Can you recommend other professionals?
Yes, I work with a fantastic team that I have curated since beginning my career. I can recommend exceptional lenders, attorneys, home inspectors and any type of vendor you might need from a deep cleaning service to a structural engineer. Part of my job as a real estate expert is to know the right people who will be able to help you throughout your home buying or selling journey. I pride myself on having great relationships with professionals in my area.
If you are in the market and feel like I am the right fit for you, contact me today! I’m also happy to answer any additional questions you may have.